Technology


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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

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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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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