April 15, 2014
Energy storage continues to be a hot topic. According to Jonathan Marshall’s NEXT100 blog, a company is testing whether a train moving a heavy load up and down a hill could be a storage solution. PG&E continues look into various ways to store energy.
April 10, 2014
PG&E electric crews have been inspecting capacitor banks — more than 1,000 of them — in Kern County for the past several months in anticipation of increased demand during the hot days of summer. The components ensure the system operates at optimal effiiciency.
March 31, 2014
A much-anticipated new White House strategy paper on curbing methane emissions—a key driver of climate change—credits PG&E with being one of a handful of gas utilities nationwide that are “collaborating to address key technical and regulatory factors affecting methane emission reduction opportunities from natural gas distribution systems.”
March 13, 2014
Since the 1890s, hydrographers have used a trusty clicking, spinning tool — an accurate way to measure water flows. But now PG&E is adding a new technology that’s providing a lot more information and is even more precise, as this Currents video from Butte County shows.
March 7, 2014
PG&E has joined with others to develop a robot prototype that will enhance the companies’ ability to visually inspect natural gas pipelines for signs of corrosion, while minimizing lengthy constructions digs.
March 6, 2014
As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, a University of California energy economist strongly endorses the concept of the government subsidizing not only basic science research — a “no brainer” accepted by nearly all innovation scholars — but also some downstream development and deployment of new technology,
February 27, 2014
Using a new tool created just for this purpose, PG&E has begun the inline inspection of a natural gas pipeline that extends up the San Francisco Peninsula. A so-called “smart pig,” the device was launched from the Milpitas Terminal this morning.
February 25, 2014
On Monday, PG&E brought technologies that identify natural gas leaks with more precision and speed together at its service center in Sacramento for a briefing and field visit with Sacramento County Congressman Ami Bera,
February 20, 2014
Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog that plastic bags, which are made from petroleum, can be converted back into surprisingly good transportation fuel, according to a new research.
February 14, 2014
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in California’s Mojave Desert, was officially dedicated on Thursday. PG&E is purchasing clean, renewable energy from the plant — the largest solar thermal plant in the world.
February 14, 2014
Major auto manufacturers will launch the first commercial fuel-cell models this year and next. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, if you’re struggling trying to make sense of all the new kinds of fuel-efficient vehicles — including cleaner diesels, traditional hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles — prepare for more car confusion.
February 3, 2014
In an effort to continue growing its stringent pipeline inspection program, PG&E recently assessed Line 186 in Dos Palos with an ultrasonic in-line inspection tool, a device which uses water, instead of natural gas, to move through the pipeline and identify any dents, gouges or scraps that may exist.
January 22, 2014
At PG&E’s Livermore training center, employees are using video game-like simulators to learn the ins and outs of using giant excavators. This new kind of training saves loads of money and is safer than training on actual heavy equipment. And as this video shows, it’s not as easy as it looks.
January 14, 2014
T&D World Magazine, a trade publication for professionals in the utility industry, features PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab in San Ramon and the cutting edge research they perform on behalf of customers, as its cover story this month.
January 9, 2014
Thanks to PG&E, residents of a new Veterans Home in Fresno now have access to computers and can now communicate with friends and loved ones via Skype.