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Pacific Gas and Electric Company Recognized as the Corporation of the Year at Supplier Diversity Awards Gala

Release Date: April 2, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E's) leading supplier diversity practices received several awards, including Corporation of the Year, from the Northern California Supplier Development Council (NCSDC) during their annual awards gala held this Friday in San Francisco. In addition, Tita Gray, manager at PG&E's supplier diversity department, was given the Corporate Coordinator of the Year award, and Tanya Nixon, senior supplier diversity consultant for PG&E, received the Minority Business Enterprise Advocate of the Year award.

"PG&E is committed to providing diverse suppliers with economic opportunities to supply products and services required by PG&E," said Bill Harper, vice president and chief diversity officer for PG&E. "These awards recognize our efforts to fully integrate our dedication to foster and celebrate diversity and partner and support the diverse communities the company serves."

In 2007, PG&E achieved its highest level of diversity spending at $598.8 million. The prior year, PG&E met the target established by the California Public Utilities Commission for procurement from diverse firms. PG&E met this goal both through contracting directly with diverse firms and through the company's prime contractors sub-contracting with diverse firms.

The Northern California Supplier Development Council is one of the 39 regional councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council with a combined constituency of over 3,600 corporate members and 16,500 certified minority business enterprise suppliers. Their mission is to facilitate access to contracting opportunities between certified minority business enterprises and corporate purchasers.

In addition to these Supplier Diversity awards, PG&E was recently named by PR News as an Overall Leader in Corporate Social Responsibility practices for a corporation with between 1,000 and 25,000 employees during their annual event in Washington D.C. In addition to the overall leader award, PG&E received honorable mention awards in the Diversity Communications, Employee Relations and CSR Pioneer of the Year Communicator categories.

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, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/.

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