June 25, 2015
If we’re doing our jobs right in the utility industry, customers don’t notice us much. The lights stay on, the gas keeps flowing, and people continue to live comfortably. But behind the scenes, a lot of strategizing and prognosticating is going on as PG&E leader Elisabeth Brinton shared at this week’s Grid Edge Live.
June 18, 2015
PG&E is installing intelligent switches to build a smart grid serving the Live Oak area in Sutter County. In the event of an outage, this self-healing technology can isolate a trouble spot such as a downed power line or a utility pole damaged by a car crash, then reroute power to restore a majority of customers, all within a few minutes.
June 16, 2015
PG&E recently completed annual training in Los Banos for a special group of linemen who perform upgrades, maintenance and repairs on energized transmission power lines that carry 60,000 to 500,000 volts of electricity. As this video shows, the procedure is safer and easier for linemen, and it also eliminates the need to de-energize a power line and interrupt electric service to potentially thousands of customers.
June 9, 2015
California is aiming to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in 10 years—a key part of its sweeping efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions—and the state’s electric utilities have taken the pole position in the race to meet that goal, PG&E Chairman and CEO Tony Earley said today at the industry’s major convention in New Orleans.
June 9, 2015
In her most recent LinkedIn Influencer blog, PG&E CIO Karen Austin writes about the state of the energy industry.
June 2, 2015
First came the Internet of Things, then there was the Grid of Things. On Monday, at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, PG&E introduced a “connected” bucket truck that brings the two together.
June 2, 2015
PG&E has been recognized by CIO magazine as one of the CIO 100 Award winners for its work in emergency response. The 28th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
May 22, 2015
Renewable power and electric transportation options are just two signs of how much the grid is changing, PG&E CEO and Chairman Tony Earley said at the Bay Area Council’s Outlook Conference this week. Tim Fitzpatrick, PG&E’s chief communications officer, writes about Tony’s remarks in his latest PG&E Perspectives.
May 19, 2015
Limited water supplies as a result of four years of drought have led to a water-sharing agreement between PG&E Diablo Canyon Power Plant and San Luis Obispo County.
May 11, 2015
The week of May 11 marks the 55th anniversary of the invention of the laser, and PG&E showcases this technology with Laser Week, a series of online videos and events marking the occasion.
May 4, 2015
PG&E is continuing its progress on improving the safety and reliability of its service, as well as on efforts to keep its bills affordable and to create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for California, the company said today at its annual shareholders meeting.
April 27, 2015
More than 70 teams traveled to Oakland last month to compete in the FIRST® Tech Challenge West Super-Regional Championship, an annual event that helps young people discover the rewards and excitement of education and careers in science, engineering and technology. PG&E’s Geisha Williams spoke at the event, and PG&E engineers offered tech advice to the student teams.
April 2, 2015
PG&E has won an ARCOS 2014 innovation award for the utility’s mobile application of ARCOS software to automatically callout crews in response to electric and gas emergencies.
March 19, 2015
In this PG&E Perspectives, Chief Communications Officer Tim Fitzpatrick writes about a keynote speech given today by PG&E President Chris Johns about the Grid of Things.”PG&E is very excited about what the future holds for the people we serve,” Fitzpatrick says.
March 17, 2015
An open house was held today for PG&E’s new Lodi office. The new office is more conveniently located, has more accessible parking and includes new technology to help better serve PG&E customers.