Karen Austin


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April 8, 2014

PG&E Earns a Top Ranking from InformationWeek for Data Innovation

PG&E earned the No. 13 spot on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100, a list of the top business technology innovators in the United States. Honoring its work on an interval data analytics (IDA) program, the company also garnered one of eight coveted awards for business innovation.

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March 5, 2014

PG&E CIO Karen Austin Joins Thought Leaders as LinkedIn Blog Debuts

Karen Austin, chief information officer and senior vice president at PG&E, today joins 500 of the world’s top thought leaders as a LinkedIn Influencer. Launched in October 2012, the Influencer program provides a channel for leaders to share their professional insights with the more than 260 million LinkedIn members.

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December 4, 2013

Green Button Connect Gaining Momentum as More PG&E Customers Using Data to Save Energy

The momentum around Green Button Connect beta continues to grow as more PG&E customers are using it to monitor their energy usage. At the same time, the number of apps available is growing, too.

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December 4, 2013

VIDEO: CIO Talks about How IT Benefits PG&E Customers as Computerworld Names Her Industry Leader

Computerworld named PG&E’s Karen Austin as one of its Premier 100 IT Leaders in the annual ranking released today. In this Currents video interview, Austin talks about how IT is benefiting PG&E customers.

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September 11, 2013

PG&E Leaders Talk to National Policymakers about Grid Modernization at Women in Energy Event in Washington

New tools and technologies will spur innovation and provide customers with broader choices, four PG&E officers told a group of leading women policymakers and innovators in energy on Tuesday. Geisha Williams, Karen Austin, Melissa Lavinson and Helen Burt took part in the Women in Energy event sponsored by Third Way.

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July 19, 2013

Green Button Picks Up Momentum as Developers Seek Killer App

The Green Button, which helps customers save energy and money by sharing their energy data through innovative apps, is gaining momentum. Karen Austin, PG&E’s CIO, and Nick Sinai, the White House Deputy CTO, spoke at a Green Button Developer Day in Menlo Park on Thursday.

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April 1, 2013

Karen Austin’s Tech Talk: PG&E’s CIO Now Tweets on IT, Tech Issues

In the most recent installment of her Tech Talk column, PG&E CIO Karen Austin talks about how she recently starting Tweeting to join the conversation about technology issues with customers.

March 20, 2013

Cybersecurity: How PG&E Works to Protect Data, Operations

Cybersecurity – safeguarding and protecting customer data and operational control – has become an increasingly important issue facing the nation’s utilities. PG&E works vigilantly to ensure this.

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March 8, 2013

PG&E Pledges Support to Longstanding YMCA of San Francisco

PG&E’s Karen Austin announced the utility’s support of the 160-year-old YMCA of San Francisco during a benefit to raise money for the organization that gives young people a helping hand.

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February 11, 2013

Karen Austin’s Tech Talk: PG&E’s IT Department Moved Mountains in 2012

In the debut of her Tech Talk column, PG&E CIO Karen Austin’s talks about how technological innovations benefited customers and improved employee efficiency in 2012.

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January 17, 2013

PG&E’s New Data Center: Improving Customer Service, Safeguarding Critical Information

PG&E unveiled its new data center, a 12,000-square-foot energy-efficient facility that provides the backbone for the company’s information technology systems — everything from storing critical customer information to helping route technicians to downed power lines to safeguarding the utility from cyber threats.

December 20, 2012

PG&E Elects New Officers in Corporate Affairs, Information Technology and Corporate Strategy

PG&E’s Board of Directors has elected Travis Kiyota as vice president, corporate affairs; Deborah Affonsa as vice president, corporate strategy; and Brian Rich as vice president, IT business technology.

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December 19, 2012

PG&E Volunteers Make Spirits Bright at Two Holiday Events in San Francisco

Throughout PG&E’s service area, employees have been donating to food banks, delivering Christmas trees and lights and participating in dozens of other activities. A quick tally shows that PG&E employees have or will volunteer more than 1,500 hours at 85 different events during this holiday season. Here’s a look at two holiday volunteer events that took place in San Francisco.

December 3, 2012

PG&E’s CIO Talks Innovation, Customer Empowerment in Forbes Blog

Karen Austin, PG&E’s chief information officer, spoke to Forbes’ NetAppVoice blog about how the company’s Information Technology (IT) department is improving safety and efficiency for both customers and employees.

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October 24, 2012

PG&E Teams with Habitat for Humanity to Revitalize Underserved Neighborhoods

For years, PG&E has funded solar-powered installations at Habitat for Humanity homes throughout Northern and Central California. Now the utility is funding a new Habitat program to restore distressed homes and other community projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and Bakersfield.

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