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February 24, 2015

VIDEO: Rubber Glove Testing Protects PG&E Line Workers

Safety is at the heart of everything PG&E does. And that includes the rubber gloves used by linemen who restore and upgrade electric lines. In Emeryville, a small team is responsible for making sure those rubber gloves are free of defects before being used in the field.

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February 9, 2015

VIDEO: PG&E Proposes Major Build-Out of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

PG&E has asked state regulators for permission to build an estimated 25,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at sites across its service area in Northern and Central California. If approved, this program would be the largest deployment of EV charging stations in the country.

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February 5, 2015

Be Prepared: First Big Storm of 2015 Coming

PG&E reminds its customers that power outages may occur due to wet and windy weather forecast to begin Thursday and last through the weekend, the first major rainfall in the utility’s service area since two powerful December storms.

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January 29, 2015

Karen Austin on LinkedIn: Making the Most of New Year’s Resolutions

Empowering employees, driving innovation and using vertical growth to develop leaders, are among the ambitious resolutions PG&E’s chief information officer has set forth.

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January 26, 2015

VIDEO: PG&E Expands Partnership with Picarro as Next Phase of Industry-Leading Gas Leak Detection Strategy

PG&E today announced the next phase in its ongoing plan to improve safety and reduce methane emissions from its gas system through an expanded strategic alliance with Silicon Valley-based Picarro Inc.

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.”

PG&E's team of meteorologists use the latest in weather mapping technology to forecast where outage might occur. (Currents Archive Photo.)
January 7, 2015

Rain, Wind or Quake, PG&E Responds Faster Than Ever

In his PG&E Perspectives, Tim Fitzpatrick writes that the combination of the tireless work of electric and gas crews and new technologies allow for a speedier response to outages caused by winter storms and natural disasters such as earthquakes.

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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 2, 2015

PG&E’s Mini-Robots, Smart Pigs and Lasers Lead 2014 Gas Safety Innovations

PG&E helped to advance natural gas industry safety by testing and deploying more than 30 new, innovative gas safety tools in 2014. Thanks in large part to PG&E’s…

December 18, 2014

How Smart Meters Can Make You a Smarter Energy Consumer

A PG&E pilot project is helping customers learn about the energy consumption of individual appliances in their homes. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, an inefficient refrigerator can consume $60 more energy than a newer model.

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December 10, 2014

Mobile Outage Tool Helps Customers Keep Up to Date

PG&E customers can now find out the scope and scale of local outages from their handheld devices with our online outage reporting and alerts service.

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December 10, 2014

Karen Austin on LinkedIn: Shattering the ‘Wall of Disbelief’ With Aneesh Chopra

In her latest LinkedIn blog, PG&E CIO Karen Austin shares her recent conversation with Aneesh Chopra, the first White House chief technology officer and the author of ‘Innovative State.”

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November 24, 2014

PG&E Green Vehicles Join Hundreds of New Cars on Display at San Francisco Auto Show

PG&E’s booth at the San Francisco International Auto Show features electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles used by the company. PG&E also is sponsoring an electric vehicle test drive today and Tuesday outside the show.

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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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