April 2, 2015

PG&E Wins Innovation Award for Implementation of Automated Emergency Response Technology

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.

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March 19, 2015

Three Big Takeaways from PG&E’s Vision for the Electric Grid

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.

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March 17, 2015

PG&E Opens New Customer Service Office in Lodi

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.

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March 16, 2015

For This IT Team, a Day in the Office Might Mean Climbing Towers or Taking a Helicopter to Work

For nearly 200 employees who make up the company’s IT Telecom Maintenance and Construction organizations, a day in the life includes maintaining more than 480 microwave terminals, hundreds of telecom rooms that support all of the company’s network and telecom services, and providing emergency response for more than 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable that support electric, gas and telecom operational needs.

March 6, 2015

PG&E-Sponsored Robotics Event Empowers Young Minds

The FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, which runs through Sunday in Madera, gives students a glimpse of future careers. PG&E is a major sponsor of the event that draws teams from across the Central Valley.

In February, PG&E's Kamran Rasheed briefed representatives from CAL FIRE and the Amador Fire Safe Council on the company's wildfire-prevention activities. (Photo by Brandi Ehlers.)
March 4, 2015

PG&E Highlights 2014 Drought Response at California Board of Forestry Meeting

Today, representatives from PG&E’s Electric Vegetation Management department made a presentation to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection on drought response initiatives the utility completed in 2014, and gave a brief overview of goals for this year.

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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…

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