April 15, 2014

Riding the Rails for Energy Storage

Energy storage continues to be a hot topic. According to Jonathan Marshall’s NEXT100 blog, a company is testing whether a train moving a heavy load up and down a hill could be a storage solution. PG&E continues look into various ways to store energy.

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April 10, 2014

PG&E Electric Inspections Help Prepare for Hot Weather Demands

PG&E electric crews have been inspecting capacitor banks — more than 1,000 of them — in Kern County for the past several months in anticipation of increased demand during the hot days of summer. The components ensure the system operates at optimal effiiciency.

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March 31, 2014

White House Credits PG&E for Helping Industry Address Methane Emissions

A much-anticipated new White House strategy paper on curbing methane emissions—a key driver of climate change—credits PG&E with being one of a handful of gas utilities nationwide that are “collaborating to address key technical and regulatory factors affecting methane emission reduction opportunities from natural gas distribution systems.”

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March 13, 2014

New ‘Raft’ Technology Safer, More Accurate for Measuring Water Energy

Since the 1890s, hydrographers have used a trusty clicking, spinning tool — an accurate way to measure water flows. But now PG&E is adding a new technology that’s providing a lot more information and is even more precise, as this Currents video from Butte County shows.

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March 7, 2014

PG&E, Others Developing Mini-Robot to Enhance Pipeline Inspections

PG&E has joined with others to develop a robot prototype that will enhance the companies’ ability to visually inspect natural gas pipelines for signs of corrosion, while minimizing lengthy constructions digs.

March 6, 2014

The Case for “Picking Winners”

As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, a University of California energy economist strongly endorses the concept of the government subsidizing not only basic science research — a “no brainer” accepted by nearly all innovation scholars — but also some downstream development and deployment of new technology,

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February 27, 2014

VIDEO: Using New Technology, PG&E Begins Inline Inspection of Peninsula Pipeline

Using a new tool created just for this purpose, PG&E has begun the inline inspection of a natural gas pipeline that extends up the San Francisco Peninsula. A so-called “smart pig,” the device was launched from the Milpitas Terminal this morning.

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February 25, 2014

Sacramento: PG&E Showcases Innovative Gas-Leak Detection Technologies in Briefing with U.S. Rep. Ami Bera

On Monday, PG&E brought technologies that identify natural gas leaks with more precision and speed together at its service center in Sacramento for a briefing and field visit with Sacramento County Congressman Ami Bera,

February 20, 2014

Paper or Plastic — Turning Bags into Fuel

Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog that plastic bags, which are made from petroleum, can be converted back into surprisingly good transportation fuel, according to a new research.

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February 14, 2014

World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Project Flips Switch

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in California’s Mojave Desert, was officially dedicated on Thursday. PG&E is purchasing clean, renewable energy from the plant — the largest solar thermal plant in the world.

February 14, 2014

Are Fuel Cell Vehicles the Next Big Thing?

Major auto manufacturers will launch the first commercial fuel-cell models this year and next. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, if you’re struggling trying to make sense of all the new kinds of fuel-efficient vehicles — including cleaner diesels, traditional hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles — prepare for more car confusion.

February 3, 2014

PG&E Testing Ultrasonic In-Line Inspection Tool as Latest Sign of Pipeline Safety Progress

In an effort to continue growing its stringent pipeline inspection program, PG&E recently assessed Line 186 in Dos Palos with an ultrasonic in-line inspection tool, a device which uses water, instead of natural gas, to move through the pipeline and identify any dents, gouges or scraps that may exist.

January 22, 2014

Arcade-Like Simulator Teaches PG&E Employees How to Safely Operate Heavy Equipment

At PG&E’s Livermore training center, employees are using video game-like simulators to learn the ins and outs of using giant excavators. This new kind of training saves loads of money and is safer than training on actual heavy equipment. And as this video shows, it’s not as easy as it looks.

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January 14, 2014

Transmission and Distribution World Magazine Features PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab in Latest Issue

T&D World Magazine, a trade publication for professionals in the utility industry, features PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab in San Ramon and the cutting edge research they perform on behalf of customers, as its cover story this month.

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January 9, 2014

Veterans Use PG&E-Purchased Computers to Keep In Touch With Friends, Family

Thanks to PG&E, residents of a new Veterans Home in Fresno now have access to computers and can now communicate with friends and loved ones via Skype.

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