PG&E appoints new vice president of power generation

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. appointed Deborah W. Powell to the role of vice president, power generation, for the company, effective Oct. 1.

Powell is currently PG&E’s senior director, substations, and succeeds Jon Franke, who became the company’s vice president, health and safety, and chief safety officer on Sept 1.

Powell will report to Steve Malnight, senior vice president, energy supply and policy.

“Debbie brings tremendous experience, both inside and outside of PG&E, to her new role leading our power generation team. I am confident that she will help advance our commitment to deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to our customers and the communities we serve. I also know she will bring continued focus on optimizing our assets to meet the needs of today’s evolving energy markets,” said Malnight.

Powell brings more than 28 years of corporate, energy industry and military experience to her new role. She joined PG&E in 2010 and has served in increasingly senior leadership roles in the company’s electric operations, fossil, hydroelectric and power generation organizations. Prior to joining PG&E, Powell held leadership positions in plant and facilities management at the Lower Colorado River Authority and Dell, Inc., as well as several leadership positions in the U.S. Navy.

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