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California utility slow to pull plug before wildfire erupted

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled...
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Power shut off in California as winds, fire danger increase

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Large swaths of California were without power Monday as utilities sought to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires while the fire-weary state was buffeted by powerful winds and...

PGE announces end of coal-fired generation in Oregon

Portland General Electric Company this week announced it has permanently shuttered its Boardman Generating Station in Eastern Oregon's Morrow County. The closure fulfills a groundbreaking agreement PGE reached with stakeholders, customer groups and regulators in 2010 to significantly...

Ameren and EPRI showcase 10 energy startups during “˜Demo Day’

Today, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Incubatenergy Labs program and Ameren Corporation will host "Demo Day 2020" with 10 startup teams showcasing technology innovations as part of the Incubatenergy Labs Challenge 2020.  The teams will present outcomes of their accelerated demonstrations and research projects...
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PGE Foundation grants nearly $1.7 million for wildfire recovery, COVID-19 relief

Today, the PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation for Portland General Electric (PGE), announced that is has made more than $1.68 million in donation grants for wildfire recovery, COVID-19 relief and support for families in 2020, a 50 percent...

Energy storage milestone: PG&E, Tesla begin building 730MWh battery system

Utility-scale battery storage took a major jump forward this month as Pacific Gas & Electric and Tesla began construction on a 182.5-MW lithium ion system in Monterey County, California. PG&E will own the facility at its substation in...
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PG&E exits bankruptcy, pays $5 billion into wildfire fund

Pacific Gas & Electric has emerged from a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after its long-neglected electrical grid ignited wildfires in California that killed more than 100 people. The nation's largest utility announced Wednesday it emerged from Chapter...
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Judge to OK $58B plan to end PG&E bankruptcy after wildfires

A federal judge on Friday said he was approving a $58 billion plan by the nation's largest utility to end a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after Pacific Gas & Electric's outdated equipment ignited wildfires in California...

I-5 Clean Energy Corridor needs freight-level EV charging every 50 miles and $850M, utilities...

An ambitious build-out of electric charging infrastructure for freight carriers along the West Coast I-5 corridor will need a major buy-in from utilities, customers, transportation firms, state regulators and private partners. And it should begin with a major...
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PG&E strengthens community resilience with microgrid solutions

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s (PG&E's) microgrid proposals, which are designed to reduce the number of customers affected by Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and mitigate current impacts. PG&E aims to enhance...