2015 California Drought


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January 6, 2016

Amid Devastating Drought, PG&E Helping Ensure Safety in Forested Areas

Years of devastating drought have taken a heavy toll on the state’s forests. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Madera County community of Bass Lake where dead trees can cause power outages or become fuel for fires. As this video shows, PG&E is going to extraordinary lengths to protect the electrical infrastructure by removing the dead trees near power poles.

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November 12, 2015

PG&E Removing Forest Trees Weakened by Drought and Bark Beetle, Reducing Fire Fuel

One of the devastating impacts of California’s drought is visible in the state’s forests, where weakened trees are being killed in alarming numbers by Bark Beetles. In Madera County, PG&E is teaming with homeowners and the U.S. Forest Service to remove those dead trees, which can lead to wildfires.

November 5, 2015

PG&E Takes Part in Kern County Energy Summit

More than 400 energy industry leaders gathered this week in oil-rich Kern County to discuss everything from solar and wind energy to natural gas and nuclear energy. PG&E’s Tom Jones spoke about Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

October 30, 2015

PG&E Reports Drought Response to Board of Forestry

PG&E reported to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection this week on its 2015 drought response efforts to help prevent wildfires.

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October 16, 2015

VIDEO: PG&E Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report

PG&E has released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report, outlining its progress in safety, community involvement, environmental performance and customer energy solutions, among other measures.

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October 2, 2015

VIDEO: Diablo Canyon Desalination Plant May Help Alleviate Local Water Concerns

Diablo Canyon Power Plant has a desalination system that removes water from seawater to meet the plant’s on-site needs. The plant could soon begin providing desalinated water to San Luis Obispo County for emergency use as it struggles with the ongoing drought.

As part of its efforts to address the drought, PG&E has helped residential and business customers save water -- and money -- through a variety of incentives and programs.
October 1, 2015

What the Drought Means for Our Energy Future

In his latest editorial on California’s clean energy future, PG&E’s Tony Earley discussions how making more efficient use of our state’s limited water supplies is one of the best ways we can save energy while slowing climate change.

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September 11, 2015

PG&E Assessing Damage, Restoring Power to Amador, Calaveras Counties

As Cal Fire continues to battle the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties, PG&E crews are working to restore power to some 5,600 customers who remained without power on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13).

September 11, 2015

PG&E, Fire Safe Councils, Cal Fire Partner to Reduce Wildfire Risk in Sierra Foothills

This year, wildfire season has been extremely active and hazardous to the state’s lingering drought and bark beetle infestations. PG&E is doing its part to help by working closely with local and state agencies to reduce wildfire risk.

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August 24, 2015

PG&E, Cal Fire Join Forces to Fight Bark Beetle during Drought

A lingering drought has left many California trees weak and dying and now, falling victim to bark beetle infestation. In support of the state’s efforts to reduce wildfire risk, PG&E’s vegetation management is working to identify and remove these trees that can fall on power lines and provide fire fuel.

August 21, 2015

PG&E Efforts Aiding Firefighters and Public Safety on the Rough Fire

As the Rough Fire continues to burn in the steep terrain of the Sierra Nevada Forest, PG&E crews are taking active steps to protect firefighters and electric facilities in the area.

August 12, 2015

PG&E Partners with Cal Fire to Combat Bark Beetles during Drought

As dozens of wildfires rage across California, PG&E is joining forces with Cal Fire to ask for the public’s help to reduce the risk of additional wildfires by safely removing or pruning dead or dying trees from their property.

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August 10, 2015

Yolo County: Sixth Generation Family Farm More Energy Efficient Than Ever, with PG&E’s Help

Blake Harlan knows first-hand the challenges farmers face during California’s ongoing drought. But the Woodland farmer, whose ranch has been in his family for decades, is getting help.Thanks to PG&E, he has reduced water pumping costs, installed energy efficient lighting and even is planning to install solar.

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August 4, 2015

PG&E Helps Farmers Save Water and Energy During Ongoing Drought

Kern County’s Farm Bureau director says PG&E’s energy efficiency programs and incentives have helped her family’s farm reduce energy usage and save tens of thousands of dollars. She encourages other farmers to take advantage of PG&E programs.

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July 20, 2015

PG&E Extends Power for Lake’s Emergency Pumping as Drought Threatens Drinking Water

Water at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County is losing water, a victim of the state’s lingering drought. And that could mean no drinking water for 200,000 county residents. When emergency pumps were needed, PG&E stepped in within a short time to provide service to those pumps.

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