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PG&E Participates in New U.S. Climate Resilience Partnership

04/22/2015

Vice President Biden announces partnership between the DOE and leading utilities to improve the resilience of the nation’s energy infrastructure against extreme weather

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PG&E is supporting a new, public-private collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and 16 other leading electric utilities from across the country. Announced yesterday by Vice President Joe Biden, the Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience will focus on improving the resilience of the nation's energy infrastructure against extreme weather and climate change impacts.

Vice President Biden’s announcement was made during an event to issue the Administration’s Quadrennial Energy Review, which provides a future look at energy infrastructure, identifying the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security. Under this Partnership, owners and operators of energy assets will develop and pursue strategies to reduce climate and weather-related vulnerabilities.

“As a provider of energy to nearly 16 million Californians, PG&E understands our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint while building more resilient infrastructure that can withstand changing climate conditions. Doing so is integral to our ongoing efforts to provide safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy,” said PG&E President Chris Johns.

The partnership will meet April 30th with U.S. DOE Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz and senior executives from the 17 companies, including Pat Hogan, PG&E’s vice president of electric operations asset management. During this roundtable event, the group will share best practices and discuss opportunities to work with the DOE on strategies for more climate-resilient U.S. energy infrastructure.

“California is feeling the impacts of extreme weather from severe storms to extended drought conditions. Which is why our efforts are focused on building strong systems and testing our emergency preparedness to help get communities back on their feet quickly when a natural disaster occurs,” said Geisha Williams, executive vice president of electric operations for PG&E.

PG&E’s customers have benefitted from major advancements in infrastructure and technology that harden its gas and electric systems. Investments in infrastructure, better construction techniques and stronger materials have helped make the communities it serves more resilient.

Additionally, more than half of PG&E’s electricity comes from greenhouse gas-free resources. And the utility is helping its customers become more climate resilient as well by supporting programs for energy efficiency, solar power, and community preparedness for natural disasters.

For more information on the Quadrennial Energy Review and the Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

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