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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 Utilizes Advanced Design, Construction And Technology To Strengthen Its Readiness For Catastrophic Earthquakes

April 18, 2014  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Serving an active earthquake region, advanced preparation for natural disasters is a top priority for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to help ensure safe and reliable...

Broadcast: B-roll available of leak detection technologies

April 18, 2014  San Francisco, Calif.— A new White House strategy paper on reducing emissions of methane—a powerful greenhouse gas—named Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) as one of five natural gas utilities nationwide...

PG&E Pays $302 Million To California Cities And Counties

April 15, 2014  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) paid property taxes and franchise fees of more than $302 million this spring to the 49 counties and 243 cities in which it...

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...

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Recent PG&E Related Media Stories

PG&E Installing Gas Lines North of Marysville

April 21, 2014  Pacific Gas and Electric Co. work crews are installing new natural gas lines on Highway 70 north of Marysville, with the work scheduled through August.

Source: Appeal-Democrat

Pacific Gas and Electric Discusses Earthquake Preparedness Efforts

April 21, 2014  As part of Earthquake Preparedness month, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a San Francisco based electric and natural gas utilities company, has announced its ongoing efforts to strengthen its facilities...

Source: Government Security News

PG&E Tax, Fee Payouts Throughout California Top $302 Million

April 17, 2014  San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it has paid property taxes and franchise fees totaling more than $302 million to the 49 counties and 243 cities in which it...

Source: Sacrament Bee

300 Kern County Youth Receiving Job Training, Possibility of Employment With Local Businesses

April 17, 2014  BAKERSFIELD - Joined by Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County Executive Director Zane Smith, Pacific Gas and Electric Company President Chris Johns Thursday announced a partnership...

Source: KERO-TV Online (ABC – Bakersfield)

Recent Blog Postings

San Francisco: Nation’s Energy Leaders Discuss Energy-Efficient Future

April 23, 2014  Energy, utility and government agencies from across the nation shared ideas on the future of energy efficiency at an event in San Francisco.

VIDEO: PG&E Volunteers Keep Oakland Lawn Bowling Club in the Green During Month of Service

April 23, 2014  At a park in Oakland, residents have enjoyed lawn bowling for more than 100 years at an environmentally friendly location that requires manual labor to maintain the grounds. Fortunately for the...

San Mateo: PG&E Donates to Science and Wildlife Center at Earth Day Festivities

April 22, 2014  A spinning vortex of water, molting dragons and flashing lights sound like features from upcoming summer blockbusters, but they're actually part of exhibits at an interactive science and wildlife center for...

No Good Fences for Global Air Pollution

April 22, 2014  The old adage “good fences make good neighbors” may still hold for New England towns, but not for the global environment. No fences can keep what goes out of a smokestack...

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