PG&E boosts wildfire leadership team with safety first mindset


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced new and expanded responsibilities for a current officer and the appointment of a new vice president within the company’s Electric Operations organisation.

Barry Anderson, current vice president, Electric Distribution, has been asked to lead the company’s newly formed Wildfire Resiliency and Emergency Management group within Electric Operations.

The new group will encompass the company’s multi-faceted Community Wildfire Safety Programme, Vegetation Management and enterprise-wide Emergency Preparedness and Response.

PG&E also announced the appointment of Michael Lewis as vice president, Electric Distribution Operations. Lewis joins PG&E from Duke Energy, where he was formerly chief distribution officer.

Both positions will report to Pat Hogan, senior vice president, Electric Operations, and are effective 1 August, 2018.

In his new role, Anderson will have responsibility for overseeing the company’s wildfire prevention and response efforts, longer-term grid resiliency initiatives; system-wide vegetation management; and emergency preparedness and response for the company.

In Lewis’ new role at PG&E, he will oversee electric distribution operations across the company’s 70,000 square mile service area.

“These leadership moves not only help bolster our current team, but they also put the right leaders in the right places to help us deliver reliable energy to our customers while helping to keep them and their communities safe. We welcome Michael to PG&E and know that he and Barry will both bring a safety-first mindset to their new roles,” said Geisha Williams, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation, the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Anderson joined PG&E in 2011 and was promoted to vice president in 2013. Since joining PG&E, he has held several roles of increasing responsibility at the company. Prior to PG&E, Anderson had extensive experience in many areas of the electric delivery business. He served 28 years at Florida Power & Light Company in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility.

Lewis brings extensive electric operations experience to PG&E. Prior to his most recent position as Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief distribution officer, Lewis served in increasingly more senior roles in the electric transmission and distribution including chief transmission officer at Duke Energy.