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PG&E BEGINS HAULING AWAY DEAD TREES SO THEY DON'T BECOME FUEL FOR WILDFIRES

CURRENTS MONTH IN REVIEW: September 2016

PG&E BEGINS HAULING AWAY DEAD TREES SO THEY DON'T BECOME FUEL FOR WILDFIRES

In Tuolumne County, trees dying due to drought or bark beetle infestation could become fuel for wildfires. That’s why PG&E and its contractors are removing up to 200,000 dead or dying trees in response to the tree mortality crisis in California — this in addition to the more than 1 million trees the company is pruning or removing near power lines for annual maintenance. Under the new debris management program, trees are hauled away from properties for free and recycled for lumber or turned into chips for biofuel.

Currents covered this story and more this month.

Tracy Correa Lopez, Writer

Schools Reduce Energy, Put Money Back into Classrooms with PG&E’s Help

LOCAL

Schools Reduce Energy, Put Money Back into Classrooms with PG&E’s Help

In the past five years, Bakersfield City School District has earned $575,043 in incentive rebates from energy efficiency upgrades. The district is also among the Top 10 in PG&E’s service area for rebates earned from 2010-2015. School district officials and PG&E worked closely together to make the savings happen.

>PG&E Goes to Great Depths to Keep Electricity Safely Flowing

NEWS

PG&E Goes to Great Depths to Keep Electricity Safely Flowing

Maintaining the largest privately-owned hydroelectric system in the country, spread over 500 miles of the Sierra Nevada with 67 powerhouses and 100 reservoirs, is no easy feat. The PG&E Dive Program Group, along with contracting companies, works largely underwater to ensure reliable electricity for customers.

Carpenter, Single Mom, Seeks PG&E Career through Training Program

VIDEO

Carpenter, Single Mom, Seeks PG&E Career through Training Program

Shimia Buie, a part-time carpenter and single mother from Oakland, graduated from PG&E’s PowerPathway/Cypress Mandela training program earlier this month. She’s one of 24 students that completed the two-month training program with the hope that it opens the door to a PG&E career.

PG&E, Golden State Warriors Pack Lunches for San Jose Students

LOCAL

PG&E, Golden State Warriors Pack Lunches for San Jose Students

Members of the Golden State Warriors and PG&E employees recently joined volunteers at Sacred Heart Community Service to pack 5,000 lunches for low-income students in San Jose. Warriors player Shaun Livingston and assistant coach Willie Green helped pack the lunches and load them into PG&E vehicles for distribution.

Monterey County Gets Playground Equipment, Part of Pipeline Safety

LOCAL

Monterey County Gets Playground Equipment, Part of Pipeline Safety

Children in Soledad have a new playground, thanks in part to PG&E’s Community Pipeline Safety Initiative. A ribbon cutting was recently held for the new playground that replaces an older play structure identified as being too close to a PG&E natural gas pipeline. The entirely new structure is a safer distance away.

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