November 7, 2013
Years ago, PG&E began developing new technologies that are now providing residential and business customers with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. In this Currents Q&A, PG&E’s Kevin Dasso — named a smart grid pioneer this week — talks about how the smart grid benefits customers and how the technology will evolve.
October 17, 2013
The manual cutters that PG&E’s electric crews use are effective, but they require a lot of brawn — one hand gripping each handle while squeezing with all your might. Line workers are tough, but years of repetitive motion can lead to elbow and shoulder injuries for even the strongest employees. That’s why this week, the company began swapping out old cutters with new battery-operated power tools.
August 23, 2013
In this commentary, John Higgins, PG&E’s senior director of gas distribution maintenance and construction, and Renee Domingo, director of emergency services and homeland security for the city of Oakland, talk about the impact of excavation incidents and the importance of calling 811 before any digging project.
August 22, 2013
A two-time Olympian who almost didn’t get to achieve athletic glory due to a construction accident shared his story today at a 811 Safety Awareness for Excavators event in Bakersfield.
August 16, 2013
PG&E co-hosted a workshop for Fresno-area Southeast Asian communities on the utility’s financial assistance programs and how to save money on their utility bills.
August 14, 2013
This weekend, a group of PG&E line workers and apprentice line workers from throughout Northern and Central California will demonstrate the unique skills that provide safe and reliable electric service for millions of Californians.
August 8, 2013
PG&E employees joined customers during Auburn’s National Night Out this week to talk about the importance of gas and electric safety.
July 15, 2013
In remote northern California, PG&E has been extending electricity in partnership with the Yurok tribe. As this Currents video story shows, 14 of 25 miles now have now been electrified. Tribe members talked about the benefits they’ve been experiencing.
July 9, 2013
The Half Moon Bay Review spends the day with Ray Villa, a PG&E lineman with 44 years of experience. Reporter Mark Noack writes that “Villa is something of a one-man institution (who has) accrued a mental map of every transformer, utility pole and wire on the coast, usually with a personal story to pair with each.”
July 4, 2013
As millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day, PG&E urges customers to take precaution, including keeping balloons, fireworks and toys away from overhead electrical lines.
July 2, 2013
On any given day throughout PG&E’s service territory, 350 utility foresters walk beneath overhead power lines looking for hazard trees or potential problems. The certified arborists patrol 134,000 miles of overhead lines each year — that’s enough to circle the globe six times. At the same time, 650 contract tree crews are doing the pruning and removal work. As this video story shows, the work is crucial as wild-land fire season approaches.
May 17, 2013
A UC Berkeley journalism project profiles a PG&E electric crew foreman as part of its series on workers who keep Oakland running.
May 10, 2013
Springtime is a season for celebrating. And for those who choose helium-filled metallic balloons as part of their Mother’s Day and graduation gift giving, PG&E stresses caution.
April 24, 2013
PG&E joined local officials from Solano County today at an event to boost awareness of the importance of calling 811 before any digging project. Held at the Solano Community College’s Vallejo Campus, the event coincided with National Safe Digging Month.
April 22, 2013
PG&E recently hosted “Science Saturday” at the Sonoma County Regional Parks’ Environmental Discovery Center. The event was part of the utility’s Month of Service to give back to the communities it serves. The highlight was a hands-on demonstration teaching electrical dangers like downed power lines.