04/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/14/2021 15:44
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - While fans of professional golf were riveted to the Masters leaderboard last weekend, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has earned a spot on a different kind of leaderboard - one recognizing utilities for their progress toward a modern, carbon-free electric system.
Today, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) released its comprehensive assessment of more than 100 U.S. utilities' clean power efforts. PG&E demonstrated significant progress, landing it on the 2021 Utility Transformation Leaderboard.
SEPA launched the Utility Transformation Challenge this year in recognition of the increased industry focus on carbon reduction. SEPA analyzed surveys from 135 utilities, representing more than 83 million customer accounts, or approximately 63% of all U.S. electric customer accounts.
'PG&E stands out due to its comprehensive efforts to transition to a carbon-free energy future, and most importantly, its results,' said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. 'The transformation to a clean and modern energy system involves much more than clean energy generation; it will require changes to almost every part of a utility's business. We applaud PG&E for its progress, and recognize that much work remains. The world does not have the luxury of time on carbon reduction.'
The Utility Transformation Challenge evaluated utilities using a survey to assess their actions in four key areas: corporate leadership; clean energy resources; modern grid enablement; and aligned actions and engagement.
'Earning a top spot on SEPA's leaderboard is a little like earning the famed green jacket, but better, because it recognizes our progress toward a green energy future that benefits all of us,' said Patti Poppe, Chief Executive Officer of PG&E Corporation. 'We recognize that our role in helping California achieve its climate and clean energy goals is possible only if we deliver on our safety commitments for our hometowns. Our focus is on transforming our business, culture and energy system to strengthen our Triple Bottom Line of serving people, the planet and prosperity for California.'
SEPA's assessment found that utilities with strong commitments to carbon reduction have made the most progress in creating a modern, clean electric grid.
PG&E's clean energy efforts include:
SEPA's Utility Transformation Challenge also offered recommendations on how utilities can continue to move the needle on carbon reduction. The Utility Transformation Profile report and executive summary are available at https://sepapower.org/utility-transformation-challenge/
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) helps address the most pressing issues encountered in the smart transition to a carbon-free energy system. Utilities, industry, regulators and other electric power stakeholders trust SEPA to provide education, research, standards and collaboration around a clean and modern energy future.