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CURRENTS WEEK IN REVIEW: JAn. 5-9, 2015

PG&E, BMW PARTNER ON PROJECT TO GAIN GRID BENEFITS FROM ELECTRIC VEHICLES

This week, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BMW and PG&E announced a unique pilot project aimed at proving how electric vehicles can benefit the grid. In one phase, BMW will use second-life batteries – once installed in the Mini E electric car – to create a large energy-storage unit at its Mountain View R&D facility. In another part of the project, BMW will enlist 100 PG&E customers who own BMW i3 electric vehicles to take part in a demand-response program related to when they charge their vehicles. Eventually, if the pilot proves successful, this could result in more flexible, lower cost and cleaner energy.

Currents covered this story and more this week.

Matt Nauman, Editor

 

YEAR IN REVIEW

Currents Video Stories: PG&E’s Focus on Safety, Reliability and Community

In 2014, on the digital pages of Currents, we’ve told how PG&E is providing safe, reliable and affordable energy for our customers. We’ve also traveled across our 70,000-square-mile territory to tell local stories where PG&E people are having an impact on their hometowns. Here’s a look at some of our favorite video stories.

LOCAL

Oakland: PG&E Economic Vitality Grant Supports ‘Green’ Tech/Art Center

United Roots in Oakland is one of 10 organizations that were recently awarded Economic Vitality grants from PG&E. The $20,000 grant will enable them to launch several programs, including the Youth HUB Fellowship, a collaborative workspace for youth social innovators.

PG&E PERSPECTIVES

Rain, Wind or Quake, PG&E Responds Faster Than Ever

Over the past few weeks, PG&E was put to the test by a one-two punch of storms that each knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of our customers. As Chief Communications Officer Tim Fitzpatrick writes, the work of PG&E crews in tandem with technological advances resulted in rapid restoration for our customers.

NEWS

New Book on Grid Innovation Includes PG&E Insights, Projects

In a foreword to a new book detailing case studies highlighting grid modernization, PG&E President Chris Johns writes that the grid of the future “serves as the platform to interconnect and enable all of the emerging energy technologies our customers want to pursue – in other words, a ‘grid of things.’ ”

 

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