Smart Grid


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February 3, 2016

Placer County: PG&E Completes Move to Industry-Leading, High-Tech Electric Distribution Control Centers

With the opening of a third electric distribution center, PG&E has completed a successful, multi-year project that has transformed how the company monitors and operates its electric grid.

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January 21, 2016

PG&E’s Williams: Energy Industry Investments Will Benefit Customers

The energy industry must continue to modernize its infrastructure to help customers save money, provide new levels of reliability and combat climate change by accommodating large-scale renewables, PG&E President Geisha Williams said this week.

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December 7, 2015

PG&E’s CEO in Paris: ‘We Need a More Sophisticated Grid’

California has been on the forefront of developing a smart, resilient electric grid, but to deliver the low-carbon future that Californians want, the grid has to get even smarter. That was one of Tony Earley’s main messages this past weekend in Paris, where PG&E’s chairman and CEO is participating in a series of events surrounding the international climate talks.

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October 27, 2015

New Technology Helps PG&E Prepare For Potential Heavy Rain Season with El Niño

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

Building a Better California

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

Smart Grid Delivering Improved Reliability, More Use of Renewables, PG&E Reports Says

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.

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June 9, 2015

Karen Austin on LinkedIn: How Robots and Lasers Help Improve the Power Grid of the Future

In her most recent LinkedIn Influencer blog, PG&E CIO Karen Austin writes about the state of the energy industry.

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February 3, 2015

PG&E Delivers Record Electric Reliability to Customers for Sixth Year in a Row

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 Pilot Project Takes Smart Grid Technology to the Next Level

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.”

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January 7, 2015

New Book on Grid Innovation Includes PG&E Insights, Projects

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

How PG&E and BMW Plan to Make “Smart Charging” Even Smarter

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.

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January 5, 2015

PG&E, BMW Partner on Pilot Project to Extract Grid Benefits from Electric Vehicles

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.

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December 3, 2014

On Capitol Hill, PG&E President Chris Johns Shares Vision of Interconnected ‘Grid of Things’

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.

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October 30, 2014

How PG&E is Using Demand Management to Make Smarter Use of the Grid

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.

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October 1, 2014

PG&E’s Smart Grid Delivers Customer Benefits, Improved Reliability

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.

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