September 26, 2016
In Tuolumne County, PG&E is hauling away dead trees that could become fuel for wildfires. The program, available in counties hardest hit by tree mortality, removes wood that might be used for lumber, animal bed shavings or processed into biomass chips to generate renewable power.
August 30, 2016
At a PG&E equipment yard in Placer County, PG&E’s senior director of electric transmission, stands in a circle with a crew of 15 linemen and their supervisors as they listen to a safety tailboard that launches a day of replacing transmission poles. The half-hour tailboard draws praise from John Parks for its attention to safety. It’s safety, after all, that would come to define his career as a PG&E leader.
August 29, 2016
With food trucks, a mascot and costumed cowboys, the 11th annual California Day of Preparedness in Old Sacramento felt like a summer festival. But behind the fun was a serious message: Disasters or emergencies can strike at any time so you need to be prepared.
August 23, 2016
About 300 of PG&E’s top leaders spent the day together recently to talk about one thing and one thing only: safety. It’s a topic that begins with leaders and involves every employee whether they work in the field or in an office.
August 2, 2016
Brandon Branch went to great heights to kick off the 2016 PG&E/IBEW West Coast Lineman’s Rodeo — 100 feet to be exact.
August 2, 2016
PG&E’s nearly 1,000 linemen work tirelessly across difficult terrain, in adverse weather and at all hours of the day to keep the lights on for customers. Company leaders thanked its line workers at events throughout the service area in recognition of PG&E/IBEW Lineman Appreciation Day.
July 27, 2016
Jose Rios picked produce in the fields as a teenager, so he knows firsthand the grueling life of a farmworker. As a PG&E employee, he has worked for years helping farmers with their needs and to be energy efficient. He was set to retire this year, but decided to wait just a bit for a very important reason.
July 20, 2016
Power plants, substations and electric equipment might not harm Pokémon, but people are a different story. With the Pokémon Go craze in full swing, PG&E urges players to catch their Pokémon at a safe distance from electric and gas facilities and equipment.
July 19, 2016
PG&E routinely uses helicopters to upgrade power lines and steel towers throughout its service area to improve the safety and reliability of its electric system and to help meet growing demand for energy. As this video shows, the PG&E crew on one such project also used a new, innovative work method to complete the job more safely and efficiently than ever before.
July 6, 2016
PG&E has the largest hydroelectric system of any investor-owned utility in America. And inspecting that 500-mile system can be a time-consuming job that requires workers to deal with treacherous terrain and reach hard-to-access locations. But as this video shows, there’s a new tool that promises to make the job safer and more efficient.
June 23, 2016
As part of PG&E’s ongoing efforts to provide safe and reliable service to customers, PG&E contractors are performing routine power pole inspections throughout the city.
June 14, 2016
With graduation season in full swing, PG&E is imparting some sage words of wisdom to schools, graduates and their families: If your graduation celebration involves helium-filled metallic balloons, make sure they are secured with a weight to prevent them from coming into contact with overhead power lines and causing a public safety risk.
May 18, 2016
PG&E constantly leverages the latest technology to improve its delivery of safe, reliable, clean and affordable services to customers. Thanks to strategic partnerships with leading innovators, PG&E has begun testing how it can use Unmanned Aerial Systems — better known as drones — to help monitor and survey its gas and electric infrastructure.
May 16, 2016
At more than 500 pages, “The American Lineman” tells the long history of a profession mostly unknown by the public but one that’s vitally important to California and the country. Its author is a former longtime PG&E lineman and employee who now works at Northwest Lineman College in Idaho. In this Q&A, he tells Currents what motivated him to write this ambitious book.