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PG&E TESTS DRONES, NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR INSPECTIONS OF REMOTE INFRASTRUCTURE

CURRENTS MONTH IN REVIEW: July 2016

PG&E TESTS DRONES, NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR INSPECTIONS OF REMOTE INFRASTRUCTURE

PG&E has the largest hydroelectric system of any investor-owned utility in America. And inspecting that 500-mile system, made up of more than 65 powerhouses and 16 river basins, can be a time-consuming job that requires workers to deal with treacherous terrain and access hard-to-reach locations. But as this video shows, there’s a new tool that promises to make the job safer and more efficient — drones. PG&E is one of a handful of utilities with Federal Aviation Administration approval to begin testing drones to inspect its facilities.

Currents covered this story and more this month.

Tracy Correa Lopez, Writer

Supermarket Cuts Energy Waste, Improves Customer Experience with PG&E’s Help

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Supermarket Cuts Energy Waste, Improves Customer Experience with PG&E’s Help

The Save Mart grocery store in the San Joaquin County city of Ripon is massive, with aisles of fresh, frozen, boxed and canned food. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to power the store and keep its merchandise fresh. PG&E has helped the grocery store save energy, money and enhanced the customer shopping experience.

>With Plans and Practice, PG&E Prepares for California’s Wildfire Season

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With Plans and Practice, PG&E Prepares for California’s Wildfire Season

Armed with months of planning plus response experiences from 2015, PG&E departments ranging from Emergency Management to Meteorology Services are set to face California’s wildfire season head-on with new initiatives, state-of-the-art technologies and prevention programs.

Retiring PG&E Employee Reflects on Career Helping Farms, Farmworkers

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Retiring PG&E Employee Reflects on Career Helping Farms, Farmworkers

Jose Rios picked produce in the fields of Monterey County as a teen and knows firsthand the hard life of a farmworker. At PG&E, he has worked for years helping farmers with energy efficiency and teaching farmworkers about safety. He was set to retire this year, but decided to wait just a bit for a very important reason.

Distributed Energy Resource Projects Launched by PG&E in San Jose

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Distributed Energy Resource Projects Launched by PG&E in San Jose

PG&E has launched multiple technology demonstration projects in San Jose to advance the integration of distributed energy resources, further unlocking the benefits of the electric grid. Up to 150 residential and up to 20 commercial customers will receive solar smart inverters and/or behind-the-meter battery storage systems.

Livermore: PG&E Employees Douse Fire Near Church Preschool, Apartments

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Livermore: PG&E Employees Douse Fire Near Church Preschool, Apartments

They spotted smoke in the distance and when they drove in closer, they saw flames. PG&E employees Chris Torres and Ricky Marino Sr. immediately sprang into action using fire extinguishers and equipment from their truck to put out the fire as it inched toward a church preschool and an apartment complex in Livermore.

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