The nickname for Pacific Gas & Electric Company
, the largest public utility
and electric company
. Operates mostly in Northern California
including San Francisco
. The other major public Utility in California is Southern California Edison
which, obviously, operates mostly in Southern California
The company has often been despised by a lot of people because of its actions, going back to the 1960s when it was considered to have so much control over the state legislature that bumper stickers appeared reading "Welcome to California, owned and operated by PG&E". Some of the dislike included in some people's opinion, a lack of concern for environmental issues, such as storing Hexavalent Chromium in underground tanks, causing groundwater pollution as claimed by the movie Erin Brockovich.
NEWS FLASH: On April 7, 2001, PG&E filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as a result of losses of over $9 billion from the misapplication of electric power deregulation.