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Fall 2006

PG&E Selects Esri for Enterprise GIS Site License

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has selected Esri as its enterprise GIS software provider. The company will take advantage of a corporate-wide enterprise license that includes the full suite of ArcGIS software, extensions, and services. The result will be an open, scalable, and standards-based GIS architecture that will integrate and leverage existing IT resources. The newly implemented GIS will meet diverse business and engineering needs now and into the future.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. The company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, serves approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.

PG&E's selection of Esri software for a company-wide site license is the latest in a series of large-scale implementations by the nation's largest energy businesses. Half of the nation's top dozen energy businesses now use Esri's enterprise GIS software. PG&E joins major utilities, such as CenterPoint Energy, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, PHI Holdings, Southern Company, and many others of all sizes.

"Esri has spent more than 35 years providing the core GIS technology platform to the wide range of energy businesses," says Jack Dangermond, president of Esri, "and we've partnered with leading industry vendors to meet the full range of utility business needs. We're committed to leveraging this expertise to help utilities like PG&E. The enterprise platform will enable employees to work faster, smarter, and with greater efficiency and productivity using GIS for analytics and decision support."

The multiyear implementation will deliver a single GIS solution for PG&E's electric, gas, and land base divisions and enhance investments in core information technologies. Partners that will also work with PG&E include ABB, Accenture, Advantica, Cadastra, IBM, Itron, MDSI, Miner & Miner, and SAP.

More Information

For more information, contact Bill Meehan, Utility Solutions director, Esri (e-mail:

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