PG&E adds VPs for electric distribution, wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced new and expanded responsibilities for a current officer and the appointment of a new vice president within the company’s electric operations organization.

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 program, 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 August 1, 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.

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 Co. in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of MIT’s reactor technology course for utility executives. Anderson serves on the California Earthquake Early Warning Advisory Board, appointed by Gov. Brown.

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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

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