Alliance to Save Energy Board Elects PG&E CEO Peter Darbee as Industry Co-Chair, WGL Holdings CEO Terry McCallister as Director
Washington, D.C., October 22, 2009 – The Alliance to Save Energy’s Board of Directors has elected PG&E Corporation Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Peter A. Darbee as its new co-chair and WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas Chairman and CEO Terry D. McCallister as a director.
“Mr. Darbee and Mr. McCallister are true leaders in the clean energy industry and have worked on the front lines in the fight to make our country more energy efficient,” said Alliance Board Honorary Chair Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). “Their continued efforts to promote alternative fuels and energy conservation will serve the Alliance well.”
Darbee has been a member of the Alliance Board since January 2009 and is a veteran of the energy, telecommunications, and investment banking industries. PG&E Corporation, a $35 billion energy-based holding company, owns San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Company, one of the nation’s largest combined natural gas and electric utilities. Since becoming CEO in 2005, Darbee has spearheaded initiatives establishing PG&E as an industry front-runner in environmental leadership.
Through his additional leadership roles with the Edison Electric Institute Executive Committee, the CEO Policy Committee on Public and Governmental Affairs and the CEO board of the Clean Energy Group, Darbee has become one of the industry’s most active leaders on the issues of climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, the “smart grid” and other aspects of energy and environmental policy.
“We are pleased that Peter Darbee, who has served our Board with distinction, has agreed to step up to the position of industry co-chair,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “In doing so, he continues our long tradition of having a co-chair from the private sector to compliment and supplement the leadership of our honorary congressional chair.
“Peter’s length and breadth of knowledge about energy efficiency and climate issues from a utility industry perspective will make him a source of valuable insights for our Board and staff alike,” Callahan added, “as we continue our efforts to put efficiency in the forefront of our national energy and climate policies.”
Duke Energy chairman and CEO Jim Rogers, who will be stepping down as the Alliance Board’s co-chair, called the Alliance’s mission more critical than ever. “I plan to continue to fully support the Alliance and its vital work as Congress grapples with climate change legislation in the months ahead. Peter Darbee’s leadership will prove particularly valuable as the Alliance strives to make energy efficiency a top political, economic and environmental priority for our nation,” Rogers said.
“Given PG&E’s longstanding commitment to energy efficiency and our history as a member of the Alliance to Save Energy, it’s a great honor to serve as the Alliance Board co-chair,” Darbee said. “I look forward to working closely with Sen. Pryor and the Alliance Board to realize the tremendous economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency as the country focuses on addressing climate change and creating jobs.”
In 2000, McCallister joined Washington Gas, the parent company of WGL Holdings and the Washington, D.C., region’s natural gas utility serving more than 1 million customers, as vice president of gas transportation. Prior to his election as chairman and CEO on October 1, 2009, he served as president and chief operating officer of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas.
McCallister plays an active leadership role in the natural gas industry and the community, serving on the boards of directors for the Gas Technology Institute (a research company for the natural gas industry), the Southern Gas Association, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the American Gas Association.
“Terry McCallister is a recognized and effective leader in the energy efficiency community, where his name is synonymous with pragmatism and insight – traits that we consistently seek and highly value in our Board members,” Callahan observed.
“I am pleased to be elected to the Alliance’s Board at this very exciting time for energy, energy efficiency and the natural gas industry,” McCallister said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and with the Alliance staff as we continue to forge ahead in improving energy efficiency in commercial, industrial and residential communities while helping to develop sound public policy to achieve those ends.”
The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy, and national security.