Technology


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November 13, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E, Others Testing Mini-Robot to Enhance Pipeline Inspections

PG&E has begun testing a miniature robot that will allow the visual inspection of natural gas pipelines for signs of corrosion without the need for costly construction digs. PG&E joined with NYSEARCH— a voluntary research organization representing several gas companies in North America — and Honeybee Inc. to develop the robot prototype. As this video shows, the device is so small that it looks like a toy, but it has the potential to deliver big savings for the industry and PG&E customers.

November 6, 2014

PG&E Funds Installation of Fire Detection Cameras at Critical Locations in Butte County

As the state braces for record drought conditions to continue, PG&E is funding the installation of highly programmable fire sensing cameras on some of the most important tower locations in California.

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November 4, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E Adapts Mars Rover Technology for Gas-Leak Detection Tool

Technology currently used on the red planet soon will be added to PG&E’s comprehensive suite of gas-leak detection tools. As this video shows, the laser-based technology was originally designed to find methane on Mars, a possible sign of life. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and PG&E have collaborated to adapt the technology to find gas leaks.

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October 31, 2014

New Electric Control Center Will Enhance Central Valley Reliability

The new electric distribution control center will help improve electric reliability and will be followed by two others slated to open in Concord and Rocklin by next year. Together, the centers will help PG&E manage more than 140,000 miles of electric distribution lines serving nearly 16 million Californians.

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October 29, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E Uses Technology and Boats to Detect Leaks Underwater

PG&E crews are walking and driving every day to find and fix leaks. Some days they are even on the water. As this video story shows, leak survey crews recently conducted a semi-annual survey of the Sacramento River near Rio Vista to detect possible leaks on pipelines underwater.

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October 28, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E Opens $28.5 Million, State-of-the-Art Electric Control Center in Fresno

PG&E has opened a state-of-the-art, $28.5 million electric distribution grid control center. By early next year, it will be one of three new grid control centers — the others in Concord and Rocklin — that will control PG&E’s 140,000-circuit-mile electric distribution system that delivers electricity to homes and businesses.

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October 27, 2014

Former White House CTO Talks about the Power of Innovation with PG&E IT Leaders

Former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and PG&E CIO Karen Austin shared their thoughts about using technology in innovative ways at a meeting of PG&E IT leaders at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Oct. 22.

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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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September 29, 2014

New Weather Station Will Benefit PG&E, Area Residents

A newly installed weather station will benefit both PG&E and San Luis Obispo County residents. The station was installed on Black Butte, a remote location at 2,620 feet of elevation four miles northeast of downtown San Luis Obispo on the Cuesta Grade. The equipment will provide critical weather data to firefighters and meteorologists.

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September 18, 2014

PG&E Joins U.S. Reps. McNerney and Ellmers, Industry Partners in Launch of Bipartisan Grid Innovation Caucus

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.

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September 17, 2014

Karen Austin on LinkedIn: Cracking the Code, or How to Recruit for Success

In her most recent LinkedIn Influencer blog, PG&E’s Karen Austin talks about how she recruits top talent in a very competitive marketplace.

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September 11, 2014

PG&E’s Elisabeth Brinton: ‘Our Vision Is to Make the Best Grid Ever’

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.

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September 10, 2014

PG&E’s Chris Johns: A 21st Century Grid Is Essential in Meeting Customers’ Evolving Expectations

The challenge — and opportunity — for utility companies including PG&E is to not only predict what the energy landscape will look like 10 years from now, but also prepare to make it possible, said PG&E President Chris Johns at a meeting of industry leaders this week.

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September 4, 2014

Earthquake-Damage Models Helped PG&E Restore Service in About 24 Hours After Napa Temblor

High-tech earthquake-damage modeling helped PG&E respond more quickly and effectively to the recent magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa County. In cases like the Napa County earthquake, which hit on Aug. 24, the models help deploy PG&E’s field teams to conduct inspections and make emergency repairs.

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August 11, 2014

PG&E Uses Helicopters to Wash Power Lines and Improve Reliability

PG&E uses specialized helicopters to wash its power lines. The washing keeps the lines free of dirt and other materials that can lead to power outages. And the helicopters can cover more power lines much more quickly than a line-washing truck.

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