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March 13, 2017

PG&E Hosts 14th Annual Water Conservation Showcase

Despite an abundant amount of rain this year, water is still a limited resource. Next week, leading experts will present on the most pressing water issues and challenges related to building in the state at PG&E’s 14th annual Water Conservation Showcase.

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April 19, 2016

For PG&E’s Hydro Power, Every Drop Counts

Every drop counts as California faces a critical water shortage. The work of PG&E hydrographers is vital as they travel to designated courses in the high Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades to measure precious water supply in snowpack to prepare for hot summer months ahead. In this video, see the results from a recent survey in Lassen County.

As part of its efforts to address the drought, PG&E has helped residential and business customers save water -- and money -- through a variety of incentives and programs.
October 1, 2015

What the Drought Means for Our Energy Future

In his latest editorial on California’s clean energy future, PG&E’s Tony Earley discussions how making more efficient use of our state’s limited water supplies is one of the best ways we can save energy while slowing climate change.

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July 22, 2014

PG&E’s Energy-Saving Programs Help Fight California’s Drought

As California struggles to cope with one of the worst droughts in recorded history, PG&E’s energy efficiency programs are helping to save vast amounts of water as well as energy, sparing the state’s environment along with customer wallets.

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April 7, 2014

California Drought Makes PG&E’s Water Conservation Showcase More Vital than Ever

Every year for more than a decade, PG&E has hosted a daylong conference to encourage developers, architects and other building professionals to become more energy efficient by conserving water. And this year’s event may have been the most important one yet due to one big issue: California’s drought.

May 10, 2013

Straws in the Ocean: On Desalination, Water and Climate Change

Many California cities are considering desalination to create fresh water, but cost and climate-change issues are in play, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog.

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April 9, 2013

PG&E Hosts Biggest Water Conservation Showcase Yet

Ten years ago, PG&E began hosting a yearly conference dedicated to addressing a perennial concern of Californians: water. This year’s event was its biggest yet. As one of the organizers said, “When you save water, you save energy.”

May 18, 2012

PG&E Releases Water to Help Salmon Migration

PG&E is increasing water flows into the upper Eel River in Mendocino County to aid the downstream migration of juvenile salmon and steelhead to the ocean.

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September 7, 2011

Water: The New Oil

By Jonathan Marshall

As the Earth warms and the world’s population grows, competition for dwindling supplies of fresh water will intensify. As the biggest industrial user of water, the energy sector can either fight to maintain its share, or learn to conserve.

August 23, 2010

Pumping Water: PG&E’s Path to a Cleaner Grid

An iPhone or Blackberry without a battery is just a dead lump of metal and silicon. In much the same way, many experts believe that an electrical grid without energy storage will forever be just a bunch of dumb wires.

June 15, 2010

Small Hydro, Big Potential

It’s called “small hydro,” but U.S. Department of Energy and industry experts say there’s big potential to create more renewable energy from hydroelectric projects of 30 megawatts or less.

May 10, 2010

Big Snowpack, So-So Hydro

After all the rain and snow we’ve had this season, I was startled to read in a press release last week from the state Department of Water Resources: “California’s water crisis remains. . . . The harsh reality is that we continue to have a severe problem with water in California.”

May 4, 2010

A Cheaper Way to Split Water

Nature played a dirty trick on us when it came to platinum. First it bestowed on this supremely durable, silvery metal many qualities of immense value both in jewelry and in industrial applications, especially as a chemical catalyst for vehicle emissions control devices and fuel cells.

January 25, 2010

Winter Storms: Looking on the Bright Side

Here at PG&E, we (like most Californians) have a love-hate attitude toward the rain. Like bitter medicine, it’s not enjoyable in the moment, but deep down we know it’s good for us.

January 7, 2010

More Hope for the Farmers of Africa

Last month, NEXT100 described a simple but remarkable agricultural technique taking root in arid and impoverished West Africa–the cultivation of crops in pits, called zai holes, that store water and prevent erosion.

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