Public Policy Committee


December 15, 2010


BE IT RESOLVED that, effective upon adjournment of this meeting, a Public Policy Committee of this Board of Directors hereby is established to consist of at least two directors, one of whom shall be appointed by this Board of Directors as the Committee's chair, and all of whom shall satisfy independence and qualification criteria established by this Board of Directors, as set forth in this corporation's Corporate Governance Guidelines; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the basic responsibility of the Public Policy Committee shall be to advise and assist this Board and the Board of Directors of Pacific Gas and Electric Company with respect to public policy and corporate responsibility issues which could affect significantly the interests of the customers, shareholders, or employees of this corporation or its subsidiary companies (hereinafter referred to as "the corporation"). More specifically, the Public Policy Committee shall:

  1. Review (a) the corporation's policies and practices to protect and improve the quality of the environment, including, but not limited to, the corporation's climate change policies and programs, and (b) information relating to the corporation's compliance with applicable environmental and hazardous waste management standards and regulations.

  2. Review the corporation's policies and practices with respect to charitable and community service organizations and activities, and recommend to the Boards of Directors annual budgets for contributions by the corporation to non-profit organizations.

  3. Review the corporation's policies and practices with respect to diversity, inclusion, and workforce development.

  4. Review the corporation's policies and practices with respect to development of diverse suppliers to this corporation, as required to be reported to the California Public Utilities Commission and other government agencies.

  5. Review significant societal, governmental, and environmental trends and issues which may affect the corporation's operations, and advise the Boards of Directors regarding plans and programs with respect thereto.

  6. Review the corporation's political contributions. Recommend Board approval limits for political contributions to federal, state, and local candidates, measures, and initiatives. Recommend Board approval limits for funding political action committees and other organizations that may engage in activities involving elections. At the direction of the Public Policy Committee, an annual report detailing political contributions of the corporation during the preceding year will be prepared and made available to the full Boards of Directors at the beginning of each calendar year.

  7. Report regularly to the Boards of Directors on the Committee's deliberations and actions taken.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Public Policy Committee shall fix its own time and place of meetings and shall prescribe its own rules of procedure; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, unless otherwise designated by the Committee, the Corporate Secretary of this corporation, or an Assistant Corporate Secretary, shall serve as secretary to the Public Policy Committee; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the resolution on this subject adopted by this Board on June 18, 2008, is hereby superseded.



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