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PG&E may perform PSPS impacting thousands over windy forecast

PG&E may perform PSPS impacting thousands over windy forecast

Pacific Gas & Electric said it may shut off power to about 44,000 customers in California beginning on Monday due to potentially dry, gusty winds that could raise the risk electrical equipment sparking fires.
California commercial potato grower will avoid PSPS events via new 5-MW microgrid

California commercial potato grower will avoid PSPS events via new 5-MW microgrid

Concentric Power's microgrid controller will integrate with Tasteful Selection’s equipment automation platform to deliver active and predictive load management
Thousands of PG&E customers now restored after severe windstorm and PSPS event

Thousands of PG&E customers now restored after severe windstorm and PSPS event

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews continue to patrol and inspect powerlines, and make any necessary repairs, after a strong windstorm interrupted electric service for more than 371,000 customers across Central and Northern California this week. As of early Thursday morning, more than 93 percent of customers who lost power due to the extremely high winds have been restored. […]
SDG&E announces plan to meet net-zero targets earlier

SDG&E announces plan to meet net-zero targets earlier

San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) this week released its annual sustainability strategy update, highlighting what it has accomplished over the past year and outlining new and accelerated goals to help meet its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Among the goals announced are a plan to operate a fleet of zero-emissions vehicles by 2035, […]
Top 10 lessons learned from microgrid builders, owners, and operators

Top 10 lessons learned from microgrid builders, owners, and operators

This was the week for Microgrid California, a one-day conference produced by Microgrid Knowledge that was jam-packed with educational sessions designed for microgrid owners, developers and technology/equipment suppliers. Speakers offered lessons learned building microgrids. As a refresher, a microgrid is mostly designed to deliver resiliency for its owners – be they utilities, large C&I companies, municipalities, universities, and communities. What […]
Quiñones, Quinlan, appointed to PG&E executive positions

Quiñones, Quinlan, appointed to PG&E executive positions

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the appointment of Janisse Quiñones as Senior Vice President, Gas Engineering, as well as the promotion of Mark Quinlan to Vice President, PSPS Operations and Execution. “I am thrilled to welcome Janisse to the company and announce Mark’s well-deserved promotion during this important time for PG&E’s customers. Their deep expertise in utility […]
The wisdom and inevitability of public safety power shutoffs — a utility vegetation management  perspective

The wisdom and inevitability of public safety power shutoffs — a utility vegetation management perspective

Based on California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) analysis, trees or parts of trees falling into overhead facilities during Red Flag events represented the single largest cause of fires related to utility infrastructure. It is not growth “into” lines, but rather trees or portions of trees located outside of normal clearing limits that have failed during high winds and caused the initiating spark.
The four seasons of vegetation risk

The four seasons of vegetation risk

Climates vary from state to state, country to country, in differing degrees but all four seasons bring unique risks for T&D network operators trying to manage vegetation risk. The lightning strikes of summer storms coupled with the season’s tinder dry conditions heightens risk of wildfire, winter brings snow, with the additional weight on branches increasing breakage and therefore risk; spring […]
Wildfire impacts and California’s energy supply

Wildfire impacts and California’s energy supply

As California endures yet another record-breaking wildfire season, state and local governments, regulators, utilities and citizens are grappling with how to best balance the state’s interests in protecting its citizens from wildfire, ensuring reliable electric supply, and meeting ambitious renewable energy generation goals. Competing Risks and Demands California is no stranger to wildfire.  What has changed over the past decade, […]
PG&E offering free residential battery storage systems for vulnerable customers

PG&E offering free residential battery storage systems for vulnerable customers

This week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a new financial assistance pilot for residential customers to install home battery storage systems through the statewide Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on July 16, 2020, the pilot will allow eligible customers to install the technology at no cost to them. PG&E stated that […]