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.
January 7, 2014
Measuring snowpack is vitally important to California. That’s why the new Airborne Snow Observatory, a collaboration of NASA and the state Department of Water Resource that uses weekly flights and remote sensing to measure snow depth and density, is of interest, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. PG&E, which has helped measure the snowpack for decades, is watching this aerial technology.
January 2, 2014
Starting on Jan. 1, the manufacture or importation of inefficient 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs has been halted. But, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, more efficient incandescents, CFLs and LEDs are available. They use less energy and pay for themselves in short order.
December 27, 2013
PG&E generates clean electricity from many sources, including wind, solar and geothermal. This year, the utility began a pilot project to see if power could be generated from stored, compressed air. This look at Energy Supply is the second in a series of year-end wrap-ups on Currents.
December 26, 2013
In a year when significant milestones were achieved, the opening of the new Gas Control Center in San Ramon tops the list for PG&E’s Gas Operations staff. This is the first in a series of year-end recaps of PG&E’s highlights in 2013.