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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October 28, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E Opens $28.5 Million, State-of-the-Art Electric Control Center in Fresno

PG&E has opened a state-of-the-art, $28.5 million electric distribution grid control center. By early next year, it will be one of three new grid control centers — the others in Concord and Rocklin — that will control PG&E’s 140,000-circuit-mile electric distribution system that delivers electricity to homes and businesses.

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October 27, 2014

Former White House CTO Talks about the Power of Innovation with PG&E IT Leaders

Former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and PG&E CIO Karen Austin shared their thoughts about using technology in innovative ways at a meeting of PG&E IT leaders at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Oct. 22.

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October 1, 2014

PG&E’s Smart Grid Delivers Customer Benefits, Improved Reliability

PG&E has released its third annual Smart Grid report, detailing progress the company is making in creating a 21st century electric system. The report outlines the company’s use and testing of advanced technology to improve the safety, reliability and resiliency of the power grid while giving customers new options for managing their energy and saving money.

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September 29, 2014

New Weather Station Will Benefit PG&E, Area Residents

A newly installed weather station will benefit both PG&E and San Luis Obispo County residents. The station was installed on Black Butte, a remote location at 2,620 feet of elevation four miles northeast of downtown San Luis Obispo on the Cuesta Grade. The equipment will provide critical weather data to firefighters and meteorologists.

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September 18, 2014

PG&E Joins U.S. Reps. McNerney and Ellmers, Industry Partners in Launch of Bipartisan Grid Innovation Caucus

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association and GridWise Alliance today commended Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on the launch of the Grid Innovation Caucus as a new congressional caucus. NEMA and GridWise and their organization’s members, including PG&E, will join Representatives Ellmers and McNerney to officially launch the caucus.

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September 17, 2014

Karen Austin on LinkedIn: Cracking the Code, or How to Recruit for Success

In her most recent LinkedIn Influencer blog, PG&E’s Karen Austin talks about how she recruits top talent in a very competitive marketplace.

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