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PG&E Announces Promotions to Leadership Team Bell and Wan Named Senior Vice Presidents, Torres Appointed Vice President, Conway Assumes Additional Responsibilities

Release Date: September 18, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO –Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced that its Board of Directors has elected Desmond A. Bell as senior vice president, shared services and chief procurement officer; Fong Wan as senior vice president, energy procurement; and Albert F. Torres as vice president, customer operations. In addition, John T. Conway senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, also will assume responsibilities for non-nuclear generation.

“These appointments recognize the level of talent and accomplishments among our existing officer team,” said Peter A. Darbee, Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation and President and CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. “These experienced leaders have each played a critical role in moving the company toward its vision of becoming the leading utility in the United States, and we look forward to their continued leadership contributions in their new roles.”

In his role, Des Bell will continue his leadership and oversight of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s supply chain, materials operations, supplier diversity, transportation services, corporate real estate, environmental, technical and land services work.

Bell joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in March 2007 as vice president and utility chief of staff. He has served as vice president, shared services and chief procurement officer since March 2008. He has more than 28 years of experience in operations and strategic development, ranging from customer service to engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management. Bell previously served as vice president of Bombardier Aerospace’s parts logistics business in Montreal. He also held several senior general management roles with Bombardier in Canada and Europe including responsibility for business process transformation, Six Sigma and business process integration.

As senior vice president, energy procurement, Fong Wan will continue to be responsible for gas and electric supply planning and policies, market assessment and quantitative analysis, supply development, procurement and settlement.

Wan joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1988 as a financial analyst, and spent six years in the Financial Planning and Analysis organization. He then worked in the Gas Supply and Electric Transmission business units, before moving to PG&E Energy Trading in 1997. He served for four years as vice president, risk initiatives of PG&E Corporation Support Services, Inc. and was named vice president, power contracts and electric resource development of Pacific Gas and Electric Company in May 2004. Wan has served as vice president, energy procurement since January 2006.

Al Torres’ responsibilities as vice president, customer operations, will encompass Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s revenue and credit collections, billing, and payment process functions.

Torres has more than 30 years of experience in various capacities within Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He has served as an engineer in the company’s electric and gas distribution systems, a division manager in its Customer Energy Services organization, and most recently as senior director in its Customer Operations organization.

John Conway will assume responsibility for all of PG&E’s power generation assets, including nuclear, fossil and hydroelectric as well as the strategic direction and financial success in the following power generation sectors: nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, cogeneration and renewables. Conway is responsible for the safe and reliable operations of Diablo Canyon Power Plant and is the lead contact with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.

Conway most recently was senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of PG&E. He previously served as site vice president of the Monticello Nuclear Plant in Minnesota. He spent 24 years at Nine Mile Point in Oswego, NY, where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility including the senior executive role at the station, site vice president, vice president of Nuclear Engineering, plant manager and operations manager. He also served as the power ascension manager for the initial startup testing program for Nine Mile Point Unit 2.

All appointments are effective October 1, 2008.

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