October 20, 2005
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(San Francisco) – PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) today announced the election of Maryellen C. Herringer to its Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of utility unit Pacific Gas and Electric Company, effective yesterday. Herringer is a director on the boards of a number of corporate and community organizations.

“Maryellen’s experience as a board member and her expertise on corporate governance matters will be a great asset to our boards,” said Robert D. Glynn, Jr., Chairman of the Boards.

“We’re looking forward to Maryellen’s contributions to PG&E especially given her extensive experience as a senior business executive and her active commitment to the communities we serve,” said Peter A. Darbee, PG&E Corporation President and CEO.

Herringer currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Golden West Financial Corporation, its subsidiary World Savings and Loan Association, and ABM Industries Inc. She also is a Trustee of Mills College, the Benilde Religious Trust and the University of California at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

From 1991 through 1997, Herringer served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of APL Limited, a NYSE-traded intermodal shipping and rail transportation company. She was a member of the company’s Executive Committee and had responsibility for its legal, risk management, corporate communications and human resources functions, as well as responsibility at various times for its community affairs, including APL Foundation, and the internal audit and tax departments.

Previously, she was a partner in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster where she specialized in corporate transactions and governance. She also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Transamerica Corporation, where she had responsibility for the legal, public affairs, human resources, administration and corporate secretary’s functions, and the Transamerica Foundation.

Herringer received her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and holds an A.B. in Economics from Vassar College. She is a member of the New York and California bars.