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.
April 17, 2013
PG&E will be working with fire chiefs in Alameda County and other officials to increase the understanding and importance of calling 811 before a digging project, the company said today (April 17). John Higgins, PG&E’s senior director of gas distribution operations, and Renee Domingo, the director of emergency services and homeland security for Oakland, will be the co-chairs of the new Alameda County 811 Task Force.
March 18, 2013
PG&E is swapping old cutting tools with new ones that it expects will improve employee safety and reduce the time it takes to make repairs. In most cases, the new tools are battery operated so it only takes the press of a button to instantly cut a thick copper conductor wire the size of a roll of quarters.
March 15, 2013
PG&E has created a company-wide Emergency Management organization to ensure that the necessary tools, people and processes are in place before a disaster strikes.
March 7, 2013
Today (March 7) is California Arbor Day. And it’s a great time for PG&E to remind its customers to plant the “right tree, in the right place.”
March 6, 2013
In recognition of Agricultural Safety Awareness Week (March 3-9), PG&E reminds agriculture workers to exercise caution around utility lines. Contact with natural gas pipelines or electric lines can result in gas leaks, power outages and serious, even fatal, personal injuries.
March 5, 2013
Two cold weather systems from the Gulf of Alaska are forecast to bring rain, wind, lightning and low snow to Northern California beginning Tuesday afternoon on the North Coast and continuing through Friday in the Central Valley. These adverse weather conditions could result in falling trees or lightning strikes taking down power lines and interrupting electric service.
February 24, 2013
PG&E has made steady and continuous improvement in how it trains new and experienced electric workers since three employees were killed in accidents in 2010 and 2011.. “We developed a comprehensive approach that ensures a continuous cycle of improvement,” said John Parks, a PG&E senior director.
February 12, 2013
With Valentine’s Day approaching, PG&E is reminding customers to keep Mylar balloons in hand. If those metal balloons come in contact with power lines, as this Currents video shows, problems including outages and fires can result. As the good folks at J. Miller Flowers and Gifts in Oakland told us, keeping a weight attached to the string holding a Mylar balloon is the right thing to do for safety.
February 4, 2013
PG&E has been working with customers, officials and organizations in Sonoma County as it moves forward with necessary work to make sure that trees don’t come in contact with vital transmission power lines.The No. 1 goal of the work is safety and reliability. At the same time, as this Currents video shows, PG&E has been working closely with customers to explain the proposed scope of the work and to receive feedback in an effort to resolve concerns.
December 26, 2012
Snow storms on Christmas day and today (Dec. 26) caused fresh power outages in Shasta and Plumas counties, where PG&E crews continue to work 16-hour days to repair broken poles and downed wires from fallen trees.
December 23, 2012
A series of storms has brought heavy rain, heavy snow at low elevations and strong winds to most of Northern California since Thursday. PG&E is prioritizing outage restoration for customers who are experiencing extended outages longer than 24 hours; however the severe weather has caused flash floods in the Santa Cruz Mountains and extensive snow in the North Valley is blocking access for PG&E’s damage assessment and repair crews