Monday, September 30, 2013

PG&E an important partner for community

Letter to the Editor -

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has been an important partner in supporting the creation and retention of jobs in Solano County. Solano County Economic Development Corp. has seen the value of its work and its financial investment in local economic development.

Across the board, PG&E has consistently demonstrated its commitment in many different ways. Its support of our economic development efforts underlines its understanding of how partnerships with community organizations help improve economic vitality.

PG&E has a long history of investing in programs tailored to the communities it serves. Financial contributions, community engagement and volunteerism provided much-needed resources for many community-based nonprofit organizations, schools and nongovernment programs throughout our region. The contributions are entirely funded by the company’s shareholders, and do not affect rates for electricity or gas.

There is too often a misunderstanding of what it takes to attract new firms to bring new jobs to Solano County. One key factor is having the private sector, including the local utility provider, work in concert with government. PG&E has been integral in creating a collaborative environment that protects and retains existing businesses, service industries and manufacturing facilities.

PG&E understands that a vibrant community is one supported by healthy businesses and industry that provide for today’s workers and community, while setting the stage for growth well into the 21st century.

Therefore, as the California Public Utilities Commission considers a fine of PG&E for pipeline safety, it reasonably addresses the issue, but avoids crippling the company. PG&E has and must be able to continue as an effective partner in our economic development activities.

Sandy Person
President, Solano Economic Development Corp.