Celebrating our Veterans Today, and Every Day, at PG&E


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Every Nov. 11, America remembers the men and women who’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

At Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), veterans are celebrated and honored today, and every day, for their work in helping build a better California.

The company’s support of veterans dates back to World War I. Since the early 1900s, the company has worked to hire, train and retrain veterans while helping them develop careers.

Here’s a brief recap of what PG&E has done during the year to assist and recognize veterans.

Creating Careers, Not Just Jobs

In June, the utility introduced the “1,000 Careers Project”—an initiative to hire 1,000 veterans into PG&E careers over the next eight years. The purpose of the project is to make PG&E a preferred employer to veterans in California.

“We’re in an ever-changing industry where technology and innovation are driving the demand to hire for new skills. Veterans have the right training to help us meet this need. The 1,000 Careers Project is the right thing to help those who’ve proudly served our country. Veterans will help us meet the challenge of building the next-generation workforce at PG&E,” said PG&E Vice President of Talent Management and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Laura Butler.

A driving force in the project is PG&E’s PowerPathway™ career workforce training program, which has trained 400 veterans over its eight-year history.

The utility will hold its first PowerPathway program for active-duty service members in the first quarter of 2016. The training cohort will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), a U.S. Army-U.S. Air Force base located south of Tacoma, Wash.

During the past year:

  • Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the program during a visit to a veterans-only training class in Oakland.
  • The program graduated its first active military member.
  • And the utility honored its initial direct-to-hire PowerPathway class for customer service representatives. The class consisted of 17 veterans in Fresno as part of an initiative to address the area’s long-term unemployment situation.

This week, PG&E will debut a television commercial focusing on the PowerPathway program. The 30-second spot will feature Erick Varela, a substation engineer from Eureka. He’s a veteran who represented the company at the White House on a panel regarding long-term unemployment among veterans.

Recognizing Veteran Support

PG&E is backing the HIRE Vets Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29 (H.R. 3286) and in the U.S. Senate on Nov. 10. This legislation directs the Department of Labor to establish a recognition program for large and small businesses who recruit, hire, train and retain military veterans, along with reservists and National Guard members.

The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Paul Cook, a decorated veteran. It also has the support of seven other California representatives: Julia Brownley, Tony Cardenas, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Mike Honda, Scott Peters and Mark Takano.

Helping Veteran-Owned Businesses Succeed

On Nov. 16, PG&E will play host to the third “Boots to Business,” a workshop providing disabled veteran-owned enterprises (DVBEs) insights into how to become certified to do business with PG&E and networking opportunities with fellow DVBEs, suppliers and PG&E staff. DVBEs are a major part of PG&E’s diverse supplier spend. Over the last two years, the company has spent an average of $125 million per year with DVBEs.

A Major Supporter of Veterans Day Parades

On Nov. 11, PG&E will be part of four parades within the service territory.

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 and

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Tony Khing, 415-973-5930


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