PG&E Corporation markets energy services and products in North America through its PG&E National Energy Group. PG&E Corporation conducts its business through Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a public utility operating in northern and central California serving about 5.1 million electric distribution customers and 4.3 million natural gas distribution customers. PG&E is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
CEO: C. Lee Cox; Revenues: $13.96 Billion (2010); Employees: 19,424 (2010)
Climate Change Targets
PG&E succeeded in reducing annual sulfur hexafluoride (SF6 -- a greenhouse gas) emissions by 50 percent, compared with the 1998 baseline and had achieved 60 percent reduction at the end of 2007. PG&E now has several new goals:
- Meet California’s requirement that 20 percent of electric sales come from qualifying renewable energy resources, which emit no or minimal GHG emissions, by 2010.
- Improve customer energy efficiency for the three year period 2010 to 2012 by 3,100 GWh.
- Improve customer energy efficiency for the three year period 2010 to 2012 of 48.9 million therms
- Reduce energy use at PG&E offices and service yards by 25 percent from 2009 levels by 2014
- Reduce energy use by 4% BTUs at offices and service yards from 2009 levels in 2010
- Administer the California Solar Initiative, part of a statewide program to install 3,000 megawatts of new customer-owned solar by 2017
- Sign contracts for 1,360,777 million metric tons of greenhouse emission reductions by 2011 for ClimateSmart program customers. As of the end of 2009, the ClimateSmart program has successfully contracted for almost 1.2 million metric tons of GHG emission reductions.
- Develop up to 500 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) power by 2010
Statements on Climate Change
"We work to minimize climate change risks through technology and innovation. Every day, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through our customer energy efficiency programs, new highly efficient natural gas-fired and wind-powered electric generating facilities, clean air vehicles, pipeline efficiency improvements; and carbon sequestration and landfill-to-gas projects." Read about PG&E's proposed program to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from their electricity generation. –Peter A. Darbee, PG&E Corporation, former CEO
Technology Solutions (C2ES's Climate Techbook Factsheets)
- Biopower (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Enhanced Geothermal Systems (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- High Global Warming Potential Gas Abatement (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Hydrokinetic Electric Power Generation (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Hydropower (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Lighting Efficiency (C2ESC2ES Factsheet Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Natural Gas (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Nuclear Power (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Residential End-Use Efficiency (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
- Smart Grid (C2ES Factsheet, Company Web Site)
Relevant Links: PG&E Company Web Site, PG&E's Environmental Commitment, PG&E 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report