This excerpt taken from the PCG DEF 14A filed Apr 1, 2009.
2009 STIP Structure
In December 2008, the Committee approved the structure for the 2009 STIP and the weighting of each component. For the 2009 STIP, the Committee established a STIP structure in which corporate financial performance, as measured by earnings from operations, will account for 50% of the overall STIP performance score. The remaining 50% of the overall 2009 STIP score is based on the extent to which key operational objectives are met. These operational STIP goals are based on the same measures used in 2008, and are shown in the table below. As such, these operational STIP goals further the Committee's objective of aligning officer compensation with, among
other things, the delivery of safe, reliable, and exceptional service to utility customers.
For 2009, the corporate financial performance goal for STIP is based on PG&E Corporation's budgeted earnings from operations for 2009 that were previously approved by the Board of Directors, and is consistent with the basis for reporting and guidance to the financial community. Management has publicly provided guidance that PG&E Corporation's 2009 earnings from operations are expected to be in the range of $3.15 to $3.25 per share, representing growth in earnings from operations of between 6.8% to 10.2% compared to 2008 earnings from operations. The Committee has adopted threshold, target, and maximum STIP financial performance goals that correspond to STIP financial performance scores ranging from 0.5 to 2.0. The threshold goal is met if actual earnings from operations are at least 93% of budgeted earnings from operations, resulting in a minimum STIP financial performance score of 0.5. The target goal is met if actual earnings from operations are equal to budgeted earnings from operations, resulting in a target STIP financial performance score of 1.0. The maximum goal is met if actual earnings from operations exceed 105% of budgeted earnings from operations, resulting in a maximum STIP financial performance score of 2.0. To meet the maximum goal, 2009 earnings from operations would have to range between 12.1% to 15.7% greater than 2008 earnings from operations based on the expected earnings from operations per share range for 2009. The Committee believes that this presents a significant challenge to management and, if achieved, would justify a maximum STIP financial performance score of 2.0.
The target operational performance goals for the 2009 STIP are described in the table below.