April 27, 2012
PG&E has powered down Unit 2 at its Diablo Canyon Power Plant after a migration of small jellyfish-like creatures known as sea salps.The plant will return to full power as soon as it is safe to do so, and conditions warrant.
April 26, 2012
Steve Kline, PG&E’s first chief sustainability officer, talks about the company’s environmental stewardship and its sustainability culture. Kline, who retires this month after 32 years at PG&E, helped foster that culture and says he knows that it will continue to be vitally important to PG&E and its customers going forward.
April 25, 2012
This week, several experts from the University of California Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group visited PG&E’s headquarters on 77 Beale Street in San Francisco to band four young peregrine falcons.
April 23, 2012
Glenn Stewart, the director of the University of California Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, stepped onto the ledge on the building’s 33rd floor and banded each of the young falcons. Stewart also was able to determine the sex of each chick – two boys and two girls, “all healthy,” he said.
April 16, 2012
PG&E workers, their families and friends – most wearing teal-blue company T-shirts – were armed with hammers, pruning shears and other tools as they broke through the morning stillness at 16 recreational sites. PG&E provided a $265,000 grant to the parks foundation and to participating parks for supplies and materials required to complete Earth Day and Park Champions Program projects and PG&E has given more than $1.5 million since the partnership began.
March 30, 2012
As a worldwide online audience of bird lovers watched with excitement, three of four peregrine falcon eggs hatched in a nesting on a ledge high above PG&E’s headquarters.
March 19, 2012
URS Corporation, also known as URS Corporation Americas, and its subsidiary Cleveland Wrecking Company, will handle the demolition. URS is a global engineering, construction and technical services firm that has been involved in challenging projects, including the Hoover Dam, the Trans-Atlanta Pipeline and reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.
March 19, 2012
PG&E presented a $10,000 check to the Morro Coast Audubon Society on Friday (March 16) that will be used for improvements – including handicapped-accessible access – at the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in San Luis Obispo County. The check presentation coincided with a volunteer event where PG&E employees worked alongside community members removing invasive veldt grass mixed in with native plants the society is attempting to protect at the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.
March 7, 2012
The ecologically-admirable act of planting a tree might seem harmless – and generally it is – but planting the wrong type of tree too close to overhead power lines can cause problems.
March 6, 2012
In 1962, Jim Adams joined the company as its first staff biologist. His primary interest was evaluating how power plants impacted aquatic life, and how water flow reductions from reservoir impoundments and diversions affected fish such as trout.
February 16, 2012
As a daily commuter, your environmental tire print may depend as much on where you drive as what you drive. That’s one implication of a new study showing that in China, electric vehicles actually cause more harmful air pollution, including deadly particulates and greenhouse gases, than conventional gasoline-powered cars.
January 26, 2012
The utility is underwriting the free day at the aquarium to allow its customers and others the chance to experience its many wonders. PG&E’s sponsorship is another example of its commitment to environmental education and to giving back to the communities it serves.
January 25, 2012
The future just got a little bit brighter for schools throughout PG&E’s service area celebrating recent Bright Ideas Grant awards of up to $10,000. The $1,000 to $10,000 grants have been awarded since 2005 and support programs that focus on renewable energy through local green or sustainable solar-related energy projects in public schools.
January 25, 2012
At its Van Arsdale Dam in Mendocino County, PG&E works with the California Department of Fish & Game to monitor and measure the seasonal run of salmon and steelhead.
January 24, 2012
PG&E completed several long-term environmental cleanup projects in 2010 and 2011. Several involved former manufactured gas plants, which provided heat and lighting for homes and businesses from the late 1800s until around 1930.