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PG&E, Others Developing Mini-Robot to Enhance Pipeline Inspections

SAN RAMON — PG&E has joined with NYSEARCH, National Grid, Rochester Gas & Electric, New York State Gas & Electric and Honeybee Inc. 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. Small enough that it looks like a toy, the device has the potential to deliver big savings for the industry and PG&E customers.

PG&E, Others Developing Mini-Robot to Enhance Pipeline Inspections
PG&E, Others Developing Mini-Robot to Enhance Pipeline Inspections

VIDEO: PG&E Spent $2.3 Billion with Diverse Suppliers in 2013, Another Record Year

PG&E spent $2.3 billion with diverse suppliers in 2013, accounting for 42.1 percent of its total procurement budget. This total represents an increase of $265.2 million from 2012. "Our focus on supplier diversity has given new opportunities to thousands of businesses, allowing them to grow and hire, strengthening California's economy," said PG&E President Chris Johns. "It also has led to innovative solutions to the challenges we face as a company, enabling us to better serve our customers and deliver safe, reliable and affordable gas and electric service."

PG&E Spent $2.3 Billion with Diverse Suppliers in 2013, Another Record Year
PG&E Spent $2.3 Billion with Diverse Suppliers in 2013, Another Record Year

PG&E CIO Karen Austin Joins Thought Leaders as LinkedIn Blog Debuts

Karen Austin, chief information officer and senior vice president at PG&E, today (March 5) joins 500 of the world's top thought leaders as a LinkedIn Influencer. Launched in October 2012, the Influencer program provides a channel for leaders to share their professional insights with the more than 260 million LinkedIn members. In regular blog posts, Austin will share reactions to current events, thoughts on leadership strategies and styles, and insights on the state of technology and the ever-evolving utility industry.

PG&E CIO Karen Austin Joins Thought Leaders as LinkedIn Blog Debuts
PG&E CIO Karen Austin Joins Thought Leaders as LinkedIn Blog Debuts

VIDEO: Cal Student Evy Peng Reflects on Impact of Winning Bright Minds Scholarship

Currents recently caught up with Erica McCray, a PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship program winner from 2012. A divorced mother with three teen-agers, McCray worked full-time while attending classes at Napa Valley College. She now studies social work at Pacific Union College in Angwin in Napa County and lives on campus with her children. McCray says the renewable award has enabled her to complete her education.

Erica McCray Reflects on Impact of Bright Minds Scholarship
Erica McCray Reflects on Impact of Bright Minds Scholarship

Recent PG&E Press Releases

PG&E Announces Reward For Information On Metcalf Substation Attack

April 10, 2014  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that it is contributing a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who...

PG&E Ranks No. 13 on InformationWeek Elite 100

April 8, 2014  San Francisco, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) earned the No. 13 spot on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100, a list of the top business technology innovators in the United States.

PG&E Kicks Off National Volunteer Month With Unprecedented Employee Volunteerism Goal

April 3, 2014  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – In honor of National Volunteer Month in April, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced an unprecedented employee volunteerism goal for the company of 50,000 employee...

PG&E Reminds Homeowners, Contractors to Always Call 8-1-1 Before Digging

April 2, 2014  San Francisco, Calif.— Every six minutes in America, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first making the free call to 8-1-1. Ahead of the 2014...

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Recent PG&E Related Media Stories

PG&E Successfully Completes Cornerstone Project

March 7, 2014  Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced the successful completion of its Cornerstone Project—an initiative which helped the utility achieve record electric reliability delivered to its customers in 2013.

Source: Energy Business Review

Call 811 before you dig

March 7, 2014  The good news is that the California and San Joaquin Valley Economies are rebounding. This means that construction companies are rehiring and working on more projects. The bad news is, before...

Source: Fresno Bee

A Place to Play: Topock Playground Opens

March 3, 2014  Cloudy skies and some raindrops couldn't keep dozens of supporters of Project Playground away from the official opening of "Topock's Totally Terrific Family Playground" Saturday morning, according to Autumn Boyle-Robinson, cofounder...

Source: Mohave Valley Daily News

PG&E Using Updated Technology to Inspect Natural-Gas Pipelines

February 27, 2014  Thousands of miles of natural gas pipeline are being tested for safety Pacific Gas & Electric using what it calls a "Smart PIG" to root out problems.

Source: KTVU-TV Online

Recent Blog Postings

Fresno: Trees Donated as Reminder to Call 811 Before Digging

April 16, 2014  At a safe-digging event in Fresno, PG&E representatives joined local officials to remind people to call 811 before starting any digging project. As a bonus, 100 trees were given away to...

White House Highlights PG&E’s PowerPathway as Workforce Development Model

April 16, 2014  Tony Earley, PG&E's chairman and CEO, offered his thoughts on the importance of job training on the White House blog. Earley focused on PG&E's innovative PowerPathway program that trains workers for...

Santa Maria: PG&E Presents Hancock College with Incentive Check for Efficiency Upgrades

April 16, 2014  On Tuesday, PG&E representatives recognized Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria for its energy efficiency efforts and presented the school's board of trustees with an energy incentive check for $36,477.

VIDEO: PG&E Volunteers Help Food Bank during Month of Service

April 16, 2014  PG&E volunteers recently gathered at the SF-Marin Food Bank as one of the many Month of Service community projects. As this video shows, their work helped to feed many hungry people.

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