This excerpt taken from the PCG 8-K filed Oct 28, 2005.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, or the Utility, management are responsible for the integrity of the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Management considers materiality and uses its best judgment to ensure that such statements reflect fairly the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of PG&E Corporation and the Utility.
PG&E Corporation and the Utility maintain systems of internal controls supported by formal policies and procedures, which are communicated throughout PG&E Corporation and the Utility. These controls are adequate to provide reasonable assurance that assets are safeguarded from material loss or unauthorized use and that necessary records are produced for the preparation of consolidated financial statements. There are limits inherent in all systems of internal controls, based on recognition that the costs of such systems should not exceed the benefits to be derived. PG&E Corporation and the Utility believe that their systems of internal control provide this appropriate balance. PG&E Corporation management also maintains a staff of internal auditors who evaluate the adequacy of, and assess the adherence to, these controls, policies, and procedures for all of PG&E Corporation, including the Utility.
Both PG&E Corporations and the Utilitys Consolidated Financial Statements included herein have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, PG&E Corporations independent auditors. The audit includes consideration of internal accounting controls and performance of tests necessary to support an opinion. The auditors report contains an independent informed judgment as to the fairness, in all material respects, of reported results of operations and financial position.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of PG&E Corporation meets regularly with management, internal auditors, and Deloitte & Touche LLP, jointly and separately, to review internal accounting controls and auditing and financial reporting matters. The internal auditors and Deloitte & Touche LLP have free access to the Audit Committee, which consists of five outside directors. The Audit Committee has reviewed the financial data contained in this report.
PG&E Corporation and the Utility are committed to full compliance with all laws and regulations and to conducting business in accordance with high standards of ethical conduct. Management has taken the steps necessary to ensure that all employees and other agents understand and support this commitment. Guidance for corporate compliance and ethics is provided by an officers Ethics Committee and by a Legal Compliance and Business Ethics organization. PG&E Corporation and the Utility believe that these efforts provide reasonable assurance that each of their operations is conducted in conformity with applicable laws and with their commitment to ethical conduct.