William Manheim

William (Bill) Manheim

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Operations | Pacific Gas and Electric Company

William (Bill) Manheim is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), leading the law department’s electric and gas operations, rates, environment and land, and strategy and policy groups.


Manheim joined PG&E in 1987 as an attorney and has held numerous leadership positions. Most recently he served as managing counsel, and as senior director for bankruptcy restructuring. He led the critical work to develop, negotiate and obtain federal and state regulatory approval of the company's Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization in 2020, and continues to lead implementation of the Plan with regard to regulatory compliance obligations.


Manheim negotiated and obtained approval of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Joint Proposal with labor, environmental groups and the local communities to retire Diablo Canyon at the end of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses in 2024 and 2025, establishing a multi-year transition period to replace the facility with greenhouse-gas free resources, retain employees and mitigate economic impacts of plant closure on the local communities.


Manheim previously served as senior director and lead counsel for the energy supply group, leading the legal team that drafted, negotiated and obtained regulatory approval of hundreds of renewable energy contracts to achieve California's 33 percent Renewables Portfolio Standard, increasing the amount of clean energy PG&E delivers to its customers.


Manheim holds a bachelor's degree from American University, School of International Service and a law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law.


Manheim is an active member of the State Bar of California.