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PG&E PHASING OUT NUCLEAR POWER TO INCREASE FOCUS ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY, RENEWABLES

CURRENTS MONTH IN REVIEW: June 2016

PG&E PHASING OUT NUCLEAR POWER TO INCREASE FOCUS ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY, RENEWABLES

Citing California’s changing energy landscape, PG&E announced plans to phase out nuclear power production at its Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County by 2025. Instead, the company will focus on increasing energy efficiency, renewables and storage beyond state mandates. The announcement, part of a joint proposal with labor and environmental organizations, includes a commitment to a 55 percent renewable energy target in 2031 — an unprecedented voluntary effort by a U.S. energy company.

Currents covered this story and more this month.

Tracy Correa Lopez, Writer

Aerial Patrols by PG&E Will Help Detect and Speed Response to Wildfires

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Aerial Patrols by PG&E Will Help Detect and Speed Response to Wildfires

PG&E has begun aerial fire patrols to help local fire agencies with early detection and response this summer. The patrols focus on fire-prone areas such as the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Last year, PG&E planes spotted 146 fires and, in 25 instances, was the first to report the fires to Cal Fire or the U.S. Forest Service.

PG&E Lineman, Volunteer Firefighter Honored with Award for Public Service

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PG&E Lineman in Glenn County Honored with Award for Public Service

Jeff Gomes, a PG&E lineman and longtime volunteer for the Orland Fire Department, was honored as part of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize those who go above and beyond in their communities. Gomes has devoted about 15,000 hours as a volunteer firefighter in Orland.

It Began in a Kitchen: PG&E Employees Reflect on 30 Years of Pride

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It Began in a Kitchen: PG&E Employees Reflect on 30 Years of Pride

PG&E employees reflect on the significance and humble beginnings of PrideNetwork, the company’s LGBT employee resource group. The group’s birth coincides with the 30th year of PG&E’s sponsorship of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade.

Newsweek Ranks PG&E as Nation’s Greenest Energy Provider

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Newsweek Ranks PG&E as Nation’s Greenest Energy Provider

In one of the most recognized measures of corporate environmental performance, PG&E was ranked as the nation’s greenest energy company. PG&E placed first among electric and natural gas utilities — and 15th overall — in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings of 500 U.S. publicly traded companies.

Disbelief as UC Berkeley Students is Surprised with PG&E Scholarship

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Disbelief as UC Berkeley Student Surprised with PG&E Scholarship

Oluchi Okwu of Sacramento was duped in the best way possible. She came to the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce thinking she was participating in a discussion on minority youth leadership. Instead, she received a huge surprise: She had won a PG&E Better Together Scholarship worth $20,000 a year.

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