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Electric Sector Partnership a Model for Industry-Government Coordination

​PG&E CEO Tony Earley, DOE Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall, and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Discuss Value of CEO Involvement in Public-Private Partnership


WASHINGTON (February 13, 2015) — At the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection today, Anthony F. “Tony” Earley, Jr., chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corporation represented the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) and highlighted the strong partnership between government and industry in addressing cyber threats.

“The electric utility industry takes its responsibility to protect critical infrastructure seriously. Mitigating today’s threats requires a risk-based, multi-pronged industry approach that includes a strong partnership with the government,” Earley said. “Through the ESCC, electric utilities are coordinating with each other and with the government to strengthen the security posture of the industry and, by extension, the nation.”

The ESCC serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power sector, with the mission of coordinating efforts to prepare for, and respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure. The ESCC includes utility CEOs and trade association leaders representing all segments of the industry. The industry’s counterparts include senior Administration officials from the White House, relevant Cabinet agencies, federal law enforcement, and national security organizations.

“On behalf of the ESCC, I want to thank President Obama and his Administration for the opportunity to participate in this important summit and for their leadership in working with the industry to protect the electric power grid,” added Earley.

Earley served as Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) from 2009 to 2010, and is a current member of the EEI Board of Directors and a member of the ESCC.

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