We’ve been hearing reports that the frontrunner candidate for PG&E’s new CEO position does not have a history of renewable energy leadership. That’s a big problem, as PG&E needs to be at the forefront of pioneering new solutions to achieving resiliency, reliability, and equity by procuring and integrating renewable energy at unprecedented scale and leveraging new approaches to clean distributed energy resources.
In light of all this, yesterday we teamed up with Environment California and Earthjustice to deliver a joint letter to the chair of PG&E's Board and interim CEO, urging them to consider the importance of choosing a new CEO who has a demonstrated commitment to both promoting a culture of safety and clean energy progress.
A safe, healthy and resilient clean energy system is both what Californians want and what our policies require. State law has put California on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045. Leading the state’s largest utility, PG&E from its current state of bankruptcy and risky dependance on the fossil-fueled status quo to the clean powered grid that California wants will take the right kind of leadership - and so we ask that the company thoughtfully prioritize the selection of board members and a new executive management team who have a demonstrated commitment to both promoting a culture of safety, and advancing California’s public policy priorities around climate and energy issues.
Read on for the full text of the letter …
March 18, 2019
Richard Kelly, Chair of Board
John Simon, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Gas and Electric
77 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Dear Richard Kelly and John Simon,
We represent public interest organizations working on environmental, environmental justice, renewable energy and consumer issues in California.
As PG&E seeks to recover from the recent wildfires and bankruptcy, we ask that the company prioritize the selection of board members and a new executive management team who have a demonstrated commitment to both promoting a culture of safety, and advancing California’s public policy priorities around climate and energy issues.
California policymakers at the executive, legislative, regulatory, and local government levels have put the Golden State on a path to 100% clean electricity, with an emphasis on achieving resiliency, reliability, and equity by procuring and integrating renewable energy at unprecedented scale, and pioneering new approaches to clean distributed energy resources.
This is a Herculean task, and in order to achieve it, we believe that it is critical that new leadership at PG&E have a history of enthusiastically embracing this vision, as well as a track record of successful leadership on these specific public policy priorities.
Creating a carbon-free economy in California will require a strong partnership between multiple communities and our electric utilities. As PG&E moves forward with its reorganization we strongly urge that new leadership at PG&E be selected with this lens in mind in order to have the confidence of a broad spectrum of stakeholders across California.
The future of our children and grandchildren depend on our rapidly moving forward on addressing climate change, safety, and resiliency. We hope to be able to work together with PG&E in keeping California at the forefront of world leadership on clean energy solutions.
Executive Director, Vote Solar
Director, Environment California
Cc: Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission