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PG&E will spend at least $15 billion burying power lines

Pacific Gas & Electric plans to bury 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) of its power lines in an effort to prevent its fraying grid from sparking wildfires when electrical equipment collides with millions of trees and other vegetation across drought-stricken California.
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PG&E partners with Argonne National Laboratory to make power delivery more resilient and reliable

By Joan Koka Wildfires, alongside other extreme weather events, remain one of the biggest threats to America’s energy system. Flames cannot only damage physical infrastructure and disrupt service for millions, but also threaten public safety. In...

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. leading new microgrid projects for mission-critical, vulnerable customers

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has launched its community microgrid program and already started work on the first major project in the effort. The California Public Utilities Commission approved PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP)...

PG&E begins implementation of remote grids for fire mitigation, resiliency and customer service

The remote grid will support Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in its wildfire mitigation and energy resilience efforts in the face of intensifying fire risk across the state.

PG&E appoints Joe Bentley as senior vice president, electric engineering

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the appointment of Barry J. “Joe” Bentley as Senior Vice President, Electric Engineering effective March 22, 2021.

PG&E appoints Marlene Santos as EVP and Chief Customer Officer

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the appointment of Marlene Santos as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer effective March 15, 2021. Santos will be responsible for a broad range of...

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...