Tag Archives: Pacific Gas & Electric

Record In Store?

PG&E proposal would ink over triple the amount of Tesla’s Australian array Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s main utility and one of the largest suppliers of power in the country, is eyeing a record in the energy storage world with a bold proposal. The company wants to convert three natural gas plants into battery storage […]

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Fighting the Fire

24/7 monitoring for potential fire threats across utility’s service area In preparation for the 2018 wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has opened its new Wildfire Safety Operations Center in San Francisco. The center, which will be staffed 24/7, will monitor potential fire threats across PG&E’s service area in real time and coordinate […]

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From Model T to EV

Ford makes $11B commitment to electric market The automaker synonymous with the assembly line can now be added to the list of those committing to a much different vehicle for the future. Ford Motor Co. president of global markets Jim Farley announced at the Detroit auto show the company plans to invest $11 billion in […]

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More PG&E Drama?

As if they needed it. It’s hard out there for a utility. Like a sports referee, doing the job effectively often yields little to no praise. Yet when a mistake is made, everything is amplified, and critics pounce. This harsh reality is perhaps best represented (at least recently) by Pacific Gas & Electric, who on […]

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Utility Players

PG&E crime, FPL’s hardened system, $1.5b PJM Interconnection upgrade Our round-up of utilities headlines from the past week begins with an unusual sentence—and one that could offer a portent of things to come for those complicit in white-collar crime. Pacific Gas & Electric: public shaming, community service, monitoring for 2010 explosion. Pacific Gas & Electric executives were sentenced […]

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PG&E Found Guilty

California’s largest utility obstructed investigation; punishment lenient Leaks, hazy visuals, and misleads? Sounds like a typical publicized trial. Except in this case, none of those are puns. Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest public utility, bore the weight of related missteps on Tuesday when a federal jury convicted the company of obstructing investigators and of five counts […]

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Specifics Asked and Deflected

PG&E readies for investigation, potential scandal Major California utility provider Pacific Gas & Electric comes under intensified pressure this week, as a former employee has agreed to testify, and local reports unearth new findings in regards to suspected record-keeping omissions that followed lethal pipeline explosions in 2010 and 2014. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that […]

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Plant cycle continues

U.S.  facilities expand, close The Midwest has seen the golden days of manufacturing as well as the dark days. In the post-WWII era, cities like St. Louis, Cleveland, and Detroit were booming hubs of factory production. Then came the 1980s, the Rust Belt era, and the part of the country we know  and love became […]

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Cleaner Energy Comes to Cali

New bill will enable utilities to integrate renewable energy California made big strides this week when it passed legislature that will increase the use of renewable energy in the state to more than 50% and double the energy efficiency of existing buildings. The implementation of this bill is designed to foster collaborative efforts with large […]

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July EA Preview: Our annual training issue

For the past five years, the July issue of Electrical Apparatus has focused on training in the electromechanical industry. This year is no different. With origins dating all the way back to the Middle Ages, apprenticeships are a type of training for those who wish to become master craftsmen in skilled occupations. Those who are […]

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