October 27, 2015
New technologies that weren’t around the last time El Niño storms hit the state are helping PG&E be better prepared to respond where and when needed should heavy rain cause outages. For now, the utility’s in-house meteorology team is closely monitoring the changing weather.
October 22, 2015
We are creating a “plug and play” capacity that will allow customers to connect their own equipment to the grid, from rooftop solar panels to storage batteries and intelligent thermostats. For example, we are proposing to install thousands of electric vehicle charging stations across the length and breadth of our 70,000-square-mile service area.
October 8, 2015
PG&E continues to make strong progress in adopting technology that improves the safety, reliability and resiliency of the power grid while giving customers new options for managing their energy and saving money.
June 9, 2015
In her most recent LinkedIn Influencer blog, PG&E CIO Karen Austin writes about the state of the energy industry.
February 3, 2015
PG&E delivered record electric reliability to its customers for the sixth straight year. Since 2009, the utility has consistently reduced the average duration of power outages. Additionally, customers experienced the fewest number of outages in company history in 2014.
January 20, 2015
PG&E recently received CPUC permission to start the second phase of a multi-year smart grid pilot project that seeks to reduce customer energy usage and losses along electric lines, lower customer bills, support the continued adoption of rooftop solar, and spare the environment.Those benefits are a lot sexier than the geeky name of the technology: “voltage and reactive power optimization” or “conservation voltage reduction.” Whatever you call it, as Jonathan Marshall writes in this NEXT100 blog, “the technology is likely to become one of the most popular energy efficiency and demand response measures among North American utilities before the end of 2020.”
January 7, 2015
In a foreword to a new book detailing case studies highlighting grid modernization, PG&E President Chris Johns writes that the grid of the future “serves as the platform to interconnect and enable all of the emerging energy technologies our customers want to pursue — in other words, a ‘grid of things.’ ”
January 5, 2015
Charging an electric vehicle (EV) costs the equivalent of a dollar per gallon of gasoline, if you do it overnight on PG&E’s EV rate plan. Now, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, PG&E and automaker BMW are partnering to see if they can bring the cost of charging down even further, while making the electric grid even cleaner.
January 5, 2015
PG&E and automaker BMW are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide valuable services to the electric grid. If successful, the pilot program could pave the way for significant utility payments that could stimulate further customer purchases of electric vehicles.
December 3, 2014
The electric grid of the future will enable continued gains for clean-energy technology and the nation’s economy as a whole, PG&E President Chris Johns said at an event today on Capitol Hill.
October 30, 2014
Demand response programs offer customers incentives to alter their demand at special times. With pilots in Yuba City, Jackson, Tracy and Fresno, PG&E is experimenting with sophisticated technologies to deliver peak demand reductions on a targeted local basis, rather than system-wide.
October 1, 2014
PG&E has released its third annual Smart Grid report, detailing progress the company is making in creating a 21st century electric system. The report outlines the company’s use and testing of advanced technology to improve the safety, reliability and resiliency of the power grid while giving customers new options for managing their energy and saving money.
September 19, 2014
PG&E leads the nation in the deployment of electric smart meters, according to a new report from The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation.
September 18, 2014
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association and GridWise Alliance today commended Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on the launch of the Grid Innovation Caucus as a new congressional caucus. NEMA and GridWise and their organization’s members, including PG&E, will join Representatives Ellmers and McNerney to officially launch the caucus.
September 11, 2014
PG&E envisions building a “grid of things” that allows all of the pieces in the digital world to work together — therefore adding tremendous value to those things. That was one of the key messages PG&E’s Elisabeth Brinton delivered Wednesday at Greentech Media’s Soft Grid conference in Menlo Park.