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Drought: PG&E Helping Agricultural Customers Find Solutions

FRESNO – California's prolonged and near-record–setting drought is taking a severe toll on one of the state’s biggest economic drivers — agriculture. Farmers from Chico to Bakersfield are fallowing fields, and ranchers are selling off herds or leaving the business altogether. PG&E is working with its agricultural customers to find solutions to lessen the impacts of the drought. "Right now we're experiencing one of the worst droughts in California history," said Rick Ponciano, ranch manager of Rancho Esquon in Durham, south of Chico. The ranch took more than 850 acres out of production this year, costing about $400,000 in lost revenues and several harvest jobs.

Drought: PG&E Helping Agricultural Customers Find Solutions
Drought: PG&E Helping Agricultural Customers Find Solutions

Earthquake-Damage Models Helped PG&E Restore Service in About 24 Hours After Napa Temblor

High-tech earthquake-damage modeling helped PG&E respond more quickly and effectively to the recent magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa County. In recent years, PG&E has made substantial investments in modeling technology enabling the company to develop resiliency plans, estimate resource needs and identify where potential impacts could occur so it can harden its 48,000-mile gas pipeline system, more than 900 substations and more than 18,000 miles of electric transmission lines, and respond more quickly to keep the public safe. In cases like the Napa County earthquake, which hit on Aug. 24, the models help deploy PG&E's field teams to conduct inspections and make emergency repairs.

Earthquake-Damage Models Helped PG&E Restore Service in About 24 Hours After Nap
Earthquake-Damage Models Helped PG&E Restore Service in About 24 Hours After Nap

'Energy House Calls' Brings Savings to New Customers

Madlyn and Drew Esquer and their four active kids described the temperatures in their Fresno house as "absolutely insane" and referred to their air-conditioning unit as "our old dinosaur." Recently, they had a cool surprise when PG&E sent the "Energy House Calls" team to their home for a reality show-style energy makeover. With "Energy House Calls," PG&E customers can see real-world examples of how they can use tools to track energy use and make simple, affordable improvements to make their homes comfortable and save money.

'Energy House Calls' Brings Savings to New Customers
'Energy House Calls' Brings Savings to New Customers

PG&E's Davis Truck Repair Shop Lights the Way for Safety

DAVIS — Eric Gibson is among 30 mechanics in Davis who repair the bucket trucks and one-of-a-kind vehicles that PG&E employees use to provide Californians with safe, reliable and affordable energy. As a safety champion, Gibson always is keeping a watchful eye to protect fellow employees. To see the latest safety innovation at the facility, all you have to do is look up.

PG&E's Davis Truck Repair Shop Lights the Way for Safety
PG&E's Davis Truck Repair Shop Lights the Way for Safety

Recent PG&E Press Releases

PG&E Corporation Selected for Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

September 11, 2014  San Francisco, Calif. — PG&E Corporation today announced it has again been selected for the prestigious , which lists North American companies that lead their industries...

Recent Earthquake in Napa County Reminder to PG&E Customers to "Be Prepared" During National Preparedness Month

September 2, 2014  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Last week's 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa County was a forceful reminder that we all live in a seismically active region. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)...

PG&E Seeks Reasonable, Proportionate CPUC Penalty That Takes Into Account Investments and Advances in Safety Since San Bruno Explosion

September 2, 2014  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today said that a penalty being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in connection with the 2010 explosion of...


August 29, 2014  SAN FRANCISCO — The American Red Cross and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced an increased partnership of $25,000 following the 6.0 magnitude earthquake near Napa, Calif., on August...

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Recent PG&E Related Media Stories

Lighting Upgrades Made at Santa Cruz Harbor

September 3, 2014  The Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor recently completed installation of approximately 150 LED street lights in its parking areas in partnership with the Santa Cruz Port District, Pacific Gas & Electric...

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Danville, PG&E Reach Pipeline Project Agreement

September 3, 2014  Updated framework for tree removal process gets council's OK ...

Source: Danville San Ramon Online

PG&E to Advance Synchrophasor Grid Monitoring into Proactive Grid Stability Management

September 1, 2014  Alstom Grid, along with other solution providers, has partnered with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to continue collaboration into Phase II of PG&E’s synchrophasor project, Synchrophasor Technology Realization.

Source: T&D World Magazine

Calif. PUC Approves Solar Contract With PG&E, Renews CHP Deals

August 28, 2014  Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Aug. 28 obtained California regulatory approval to recover undisclosed costs of a 20-year power purchase agreement with the owners of the 50-MW Midway Solar Farm...

Source: SNL

Recent Blog Postings

VIDEO: PG&E-funded Central Coast New Tech High School Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders

July 9, 2014  Students at this innovative school in San Luis Obispo County are excited about the hands-on learning their school provides, as this video story shows. And school officials say none of it...

PG&E Launches Employee Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

July 8, 2014  In keeping with its strong support for clean transportation, PG&E is giving employees an opportunity to charge plug-in electric vehicles at selected company locations in Northern and Central California. Employees will...

PG&E to Enhance Electrical Reliability in Colusa, Glenn Counties

July 8, 2014  PG&E has scheduled a planned power outage for Elk Creek and Stonyford the night of Thursday, July 17 so crews can safely make electrical upgrades to improve electric reliability in western...

Galt: PG&E’s Eric Brown Wins Award for Presentations at Cosumnes River Preserve

July 8, 2014  The Galt City Council presented PG&E’s Eric Brown with the Galt Community of Character Coalition for Integrity award for his work with students.

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