December 6, 2013
PG&E’s high-tech Gas Control Center, where employees monitor and manage tens of thousands of miles of pipeline and other system components 24 hours a day, was unveiled publicly today. Tony Earley, PG&E’s chairman and CEO, and Nick Stavropoulos, the executive vice president of Gas Operations, hosted the event that attracted members of the media and local and national officials, including U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell.
December 3, 2013
More and more automakers and customers, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, are discovering the modest and affordable virtues of smaller batteries in vehicles known as micro-hybrids.
November 26, 2013
Access to affordable raw materials remains a key step for future clean technology gains. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, some innovative projects funded by the DOE are working to make that happen.
November 20, 2013
Customer Connections Online (CCO) is PG&E’s new online tool that makes it faster and easier to apply for new gas and electric service. And it’s a big part of the company’s commitment to providing service that’s customer focused.
November 12, 2013
PG&E has automated its 100th valve through the company’s Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP). The valve automation program, which began in August 2011, improves PG&E’s ability to quickly shut off the flow of gas in the event of a significant change in pressure.
October 17, 2013
The manual cutters that PG&E’s electric crews use are effective, but they require a lot of brawn — one hand gripping each handle while squeezing with all your might. Line workers are tough, but years of repetitive motion can lead to elbow and shoulder injuries for even the strongest employees. That’s why this week, the company began swapping out old cutters with new battery-operated power tools.
October 11, 2013
For a utility like PG&E, providing safe, reliable and affordable power is critical. But doing so for millions of Californians requires being able to forecast where and when that power will be needed, and its impacts on the electric grid. This year, PG&E is using new software that’s helping the utility forecast its power needs. And SmartMeters are playing a major part.
October 9, 2013
In an address to the California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday (Oct. 8), in San Francisco, President Chris Johns explained PG&E’s vision for what the utility of the future will look like.
September 26, 2013
Solar thermal trails photovoltaics in the race to be the top solar technology, but a project in the Mojave Desert could be the start of a comeback. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the Ivanpah project that uses more than 170,000 mirrors to track the sun, has been connected to the grid for the first time. PG&E customers will get some of this clean power.
September 13, 2013
A decade from now, the East Bay’s Hayward-Milpitas corridor may be known worldwide as Lithium-Ion Gulch. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, that stretch of business parks connected by I-880 is home to a growing number of battery technology startups that could help revolutionize the electric vehicle industry.
September 12, 2013
PG&E has been steadily improving the safety of its gas system over the past few years. A new gas control center, which just opened in San Ramon, is a tangible example of those improvements. It represents a state-of-the-art approach to gas operations.PG&E’s Mel Christopher gave Currents a video tour of the new facility.
August 15, 2013
This week, PG&E co-hosted a workshop designed to explore the opportunities for utility companies to better integrate social media and outage management — with a focus on improving the customer experience.