PG&E’s CEO “retires”

By Victoria Schlesinger

The CEO of PG&E, Peter Darby, announced his retirement in the wake of a terrible year for the utility. Darby was at the helm during the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, a disastrous public relations campaign while rolling out the company’s SmartMeter program, and spending tens of millions of dollars in an unsuccessful fight to preserve the company’s monopoly. Darby will depart with  $35 million retirement package.  [Read more - SF Examiner]

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2 Responses to PG&E’s CEO “retires”

  1. RobertWilliams on 04/22/2011 at 10:06 pm


    First it was William Devereaux, Wireless Smart Meter Director, who was forced to resign after being caught breaking into private communications of people who were customers of PG&E.

    Now Darbee, CEO, is forced to resign after tying his “Legacy” to these Wireless smart meters.

    These two heads of the Wireless smart meter program being forced to resign are a direct indication of the massive problems of Wireless smart meters.

    Within less than a year, almost 40 cities and counties have taken positions against installation of Wireless smart meters, and they are not imagining the problems as Devereaux and Peavey and the entire PG&E Corporate Management group like to pretend.

    Peavey, the head of the PUC needs to be forced to resign NOW. He has been intimately complicit in the organized duping of the public and in exempting PG$E from doing the Required Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for such a massive Wireless meter program.

    The required EIR would have flagged the problems and dramatic costs in the $Billions in ADVANCE and not allowed even a single such Wireless meter to be installed.

    PUC’s PEAVEY must resign NOW.

    …and PG$E’s Darbee should go to prison for his incompetence and negligence resulting in the deaths of families in San Bruno.

  2. Susan Kocher on 04/24/2011 at 10:45 pm

    How can the CPUC allow the CEO of PG&E to walk away with even $1M much less $35M when lives were lost, homes destroyed during the tenure of this exeuctive; when funds were approved by the CPUC and allocated for these most critical repairs – then the funds were never used for the proper purpose. This is not only immoral, it feels like unadulterated theft. If I were one of the families in San Mateo affected by the disaster, I’d be organizing a campaign to stop this windfall. how about $35M to the people affected; and/or back to Californians. Mr. Darby ought to be ashamed.

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