CEO: Anthony F. Earley; Revenue: $15 Billion (2012); Employees: 20,593 (2012)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.
Climate & Energy Targets
As a provider of gas and electricity to millions of Californians, PG&E is keenly aware of its responsibility to both manage its greenhouse gas emissions and to help advance policies that support a cost-effective transition toward a low-carbon economy.
This includes PG&E’s continuing focus on the successful implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act or Assembly Bill (AB) 32. This law requires the gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in California to the 1990 level of 427 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2020. The cap covers emissions from PG&E’s generated and purchased electricity as well as natural gas delivered to customers.
PG&E also continues to make progress toward several goals to minimize its carbon footprint:
- Meet the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement to deliver 33% renewable energy by the end of 2020. By the end of 2012, 19% of the electricity PG&E delivered to customers came from RPS resources, primarily from contracts with renewable energy companies.
- Reduce energy use by 15% at PG&E offices and service yards by 2014 from a 2009 baseline. In 2012, PG&E reduced energy use by 3.1%—or nearly 13,000 MMBtus—exceeding their 3% annual target. In 2013, PG&E’s goal is to achieve an additional 3.5% reduction.
- Meet the state’s requirement to reduce the maximum annual sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions rate for gas insulated switchgear from 10% in 2011 to 1% in 2020 and beyond. PG&E’s 2012 emissions rate was 1.5% and the company reduced its SF6 emissions nearly 10% compared to 2011. Since 1998, PG&E has reduced its total SF6 emissions by 75% and its emissions rate by 87%.
- Meet aggressive goals for customer energy efficiency. PG&E exceeded its energy savings goals for 2010 to 2012, achieving total savings of approximately 5,454 GWh, 948 MW, and 62 million therms. These results helped save customers more than $900 million on their energy bills and avoided the emission of nearly 2.8 million metric tonnes of CO2.
- Continue to avoid the release of methane, primarily by replacing older gas mains and by implementing a technique called cross compression, where natural gas is transferred from one pipeline to another during large pipeline construction and repair projects. In 2012, PG&E avoided the release of nearly 100,000 metric tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions.
- Reduce emissions through the use of lower-emission transportation technologies in its fleet. In 2012, PG&E’s use of natural gas in fleet vehicles resulted in more than 2,200 metric tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions on a “well-to-wheel” basis. PG&E expects further reductions as a result of increasing use of plug-in vehicle technologies.
- Reduce water consumption by 20% at PG&E offices and service yards by 2014 from a 2009 baseline. In 2012, PG&E reduced water use by 2.3%—or 3.1 million gallons—at 135 offices and service yards, exceeding their 2% annual target. In 2013, PG&E’s goal is to achieve an additional 2% reduction at 135 sites.
- Help customers reduce their water use. By encouraging energy efficiency, PG&E enables its customers to reduce their water use. For 2012, PG&E analyzed 12 of the more common water-saving technologies promoted through its energy efficiency incentives and estimated the savings to be more than 1.3 billion gallons of water savings per year.
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Climate and Sustainability Rankings & Recognition
- Carbon Disclosure Project: Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index
- Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index
- Target Rock Advisors: Sustainable Utility Leaders Index
- Corporate Responsibility Magazine: 100 Best Corporate Citizens
- Solar Electric Power Association: Top Ten Utility Solar Rankings
- Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index: 100 Top Performing Companies
- Climate Action Reserve: Climate Action Champion
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award