Anthony F. Earley, Jr., is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of PGE Corporation. Earley joined PGE in September 2011 after 17 years at DTE Energy, where he served as executive chairman, chairman, and chief executive officer.
Since joining PGE, Earley has spearheaded major initiatives related to safety culture, operational excellence, long-term integrated planning, and workforce development. Under Earley's leadership, PGE has experienced the highest reliability in its over 150-year history. PGE also continues to grow its environmentally friendly generation portfolio, with more than 50 percent of its assets having no carbon emissions.
As former chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association of investor utilities, Earley was directly involved in the development of national policies on energy, the environment, and climate change issues. In 2014, Earley received EEI's Distinguished Leadership Award for his decades of contributions to the electric power industry. He also served as chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute and worked to revitalize the U.S. nuclear industry.
Earley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, a Master of Science degree in engineering, and a law degree at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves on the advisory council of the College of Engineering. After graduating from Notre Dame, Earley went on to serve as an officer in the United States Navy nuclear submarine program, where he was qualified as a chief engineer officer. He joined DTE Energy as president and chief operating officer in March 1994. Prior to joining DTE Energy, Earley served in various capacities at Long Island Lighting Company, including president and chief operating officer. He was also a partner at the Hunton Williams law firm.
Earley serves on the executive committees of the Edison Electric Institute and the Nuclear Energy Institute and is a board member of the Electric Power Research Institute. He is also on the board at Ford Motor Company.
His commitment to the community includes memberships on the boards of United Way Bay Area, The Exploratorium, a science, arts, and human perception museum based in San Francisco, and the Bay Area Council. Earley was named 2015 Philanthropic CEO of the Year by the American Red Cross of the Bay Area. His community service was also recognized by readers of The Detroit News, and in 2003 he was selected as one of the several Michiganians of the Year.
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company, commonly known as PGE, is an investor-owned utility that provides natural gas and electricity to most of the northern two-thirds of California, from Bakersfield almost to the Oregon border. It is the leading subsidiary of the PGE Corporation.