INVESTORS FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS and Risk Factors
 

The information and related materials presented on this website contain forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations and assumptions which management believes are reasonable. These statements and assumptions are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties, the realization or resolution of which may be outside of management's control. These forward-looking statements are identified by words such as "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "forecasts," "projects," "could," "should," "would," "may," and other similar expressions. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Although PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Utility) are not able to predict all the factors that may affect future results, some of the factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include:

  • the outcome of the CPUC's pending investigations related to the Utility's natural gas operating practices and the San Bruno accident, including the ultimate amount of fines payable to the State General Fund and the extent to which the Utility's past and future unrecovered and unrecoverable costs to perform work associated with its natural gas system are considered in reaching the final outcome;
  • the outcome of the pending criminal investigation related to the San Bruno accident, including the amount of any fines the Utility may be required to pay and the impact of remedial measures the Utility may be required to implement, such as the appointment of an independent monitor;
  • whether PG&E Corporation and the Utility are able to repair the reputational harm that they have suffered, and may suffer in the future, due to the negative publicity surrounding the San Bruno accident, the related civil litigation, and the investigations, including any charge or finding of criminal liability;
  • the timing and amount of insurance recoveries related to third-party liability incurred in connection with the San Bruno accident;
  • the outcomes of regulatory and ratemaking proceedings, such as the 2014 General Rate Case, the CPUC's compliance audits of the Utility's annual electricity procurement costs, the 2015 Gas Transmission & Storage rate case, and the Transmission Owner rate cases pending at the FERC;
  • the ultimate amount of costs the Utility incurs in the future that are not recovered through rates, including costs to perform incremental work to improve the safety and reliability of electric and natural gas operations;
  • the amount and timing of additional common stock issuances by PG&E Corporation the proceeds of which are contributed as equity to maintain the Utility's authorized capital structure as it incurs charges and costs, including costs and fines associated with natural gas matters, that are not recoverable through rates or insurance; and changes in the availability and cost of borrowing and debt financing especially if PG&E Corporation's or the Utility's credit ratings are downgraded;
  • the impact of environmental laws, regulations, and orders and the Utility's ability to recover associated compliance costs, including the costs to comply with cap-and-trade regulations and the costs of renewable energy procurement;
  • the extent to which the Utility is able to recover environmental remediation costs in rates or from other sources; and the ultimate amount of environmental remediation costs the Utility incurs but does not recover, such as the remediation costs associated with the Utility's natural gas compressor station site located near Hinkley, California;
  • the impact of new legislation, regulations, recommendations, policies, decisions, or orders relating to the operations, seismic design, security, safety, re-licensing, or decommissioning of nuclear generation facilities; the storage of spent nuclear fuel; or cooling water intake;
  • the occurrence of events, including cyber-attacks, that can cause unplanned outages, reduce generating output, disrupt the Utility's service to customers, or damage or disrupt the facilities, operations, or information technology and systems owned by the Utility, its customers, or third parties on which the Utility relies; and whether the occurrence of such events subjects the Utility to third-party liability, or result in the imposition of civil, criminal, or regulatory penalties; and
  • the other factors and risks discussed in PG&E Corporation's and the Utility's 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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