By Paul Moreno ORLAND — PG&E lineman and Orland resident Jeff Gomes has worked in fierce storms, sweltering heat and the aftermath of wildfires to help restore power. But he also faces tough situations during his time off too — medical emergencies, fires, traffic collisions and rescues. After more than 25 years as a volunteer firefighter and volunteering roughly 15,000 hours to the Orland Volunteer Fire Department, Gomes will receive a national honor in the form of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards for Public. MORE

BURLINGAME — On Saturday (June 11), PG&E will use helicopters to make improvements to high voltage electric transmission towers in Burlingame. The work will take place above and near Highway 101 between Anza Boulevard and Broadway and will likely cause traffic delays. In order to perform this work safely and as quickly as possible, three traffic breaks will take place. Two 10-minute traffic breaks will take place Saturday, beginning at 6 a.m. Another 10-minute traffic break is scheduled for Sunday (June 12) at 7 a.m. During these traffic. MORE

By Tamar Sarkissian OAKLAND — Oakland has something to cheer for, and it’s not just the Golden State Warriors. PG&E dramatically changed the life of an exceptional East Oakland student, surprising him with one of the 10 coveted PG&E Better Together scholarships, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. On May 25, high school senior Jorge Avelar-Lopez walked down the hall at Oakland’s Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, unaware that his life was about to change for the better. When the top student, reached the. MORE

By Paul Doherty SAN FRANCISCO — In a surprise on-field announcement at AT&T Park, a 17-year-old high school student from Petaluma learned she will enter college this fall with a $20,000 annual scholarship from PG&E. Claire Killian, who attends Casa Grande High School, is one of 10 Northern and Central California students who will receive a Better Together STEM scholarship of up to $20,000 per year to complete their college degrees. Killian and her parents arrived at AT&T Park on Friday evening (May 20) several hours before the. MORE

By Tom Cuddy AVILA BEACH — PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant was recognized by the California Breastfeeding Coalition for exemplary support of and accommodations for breastfeeding employees. The recognition, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, marks the first time that PG&E has been recognized for its leadership in supporting breastfeeding employees who work at Diablo Canyon, which employs more than 1,500 women and men. “Diversity and inclusion are a priority for PG&E, and providing breastfeeding mothers with the necessary support and accommodations not only supports that priority but. MORE

AVILA BEACH — On Sunday (May 1) at 12:02 a.m., operators at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely took Unit 2 offline for a planned refueling and maintenance outage. “Diablo Canyon Power Plant is an important energy resource for California and a significant economic engine for the Central Coast,” said Jim Welsch, PG&E vice president of nuclear generation. “The work we are performing in the weeks ahead supports our strong commitment to operate the facility in a safe and efficient manner, and ensures the continued delivery of clean,. MORE

By Paul Doherty PG&E helped celebrate the San Francisco Fire Department’s 150th birthday with a $250,000 contribution today (April 18). At a kickoff event in Union Square this morning, PG&E also helped customers be prepared for the next big earthquake by donating 110 emergency kits to local residents. April 18 marks the 110th anniversary of the Great Earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco. “The San Francisco Fire Department has been an integral partner with PG&E in San Francisco since our founding. When disaster strikes, courageous men and women. MORE

CUPERTINO — A popular natural preserve park is getting the care it needs thanks to PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust, a collaboration between PG&E and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. PG&E volunteers recently helped restore a riparian meadow at McClellan Ranch Preserve, which is increasingly threatened by urban growth. “With all the development that’s happened in Silicon Valley, our habitat ecosystems have been separated,” said Alex Von Feldt, program director of Acterra Stewardship, a Silicon Valley environmental nonprofit that led the volunteer project. “When animals and plants need to move with. MORE

MENLO PARK — PG&E’s Charley Adams noticed a three-man construction team that had nearly finished assembling a wooden fence surrounding a home on a quiet street in this San Mateo County city. The fence looked to be well built but there was one problem: The company never had the ground marked to indicate where gas pipelines are buried. Had the crew struck a gas line, there could have been injuries, damages or worse. The crew foreman told Adams he knew about 811, the number that everyone should call two. MORE

OAKLAND — More than 70 teams of middle and high school students recently gathered to show off their robot-making skills. And helping them this past weekend was PG&E and 11 other utilities as part of the “Get Into Energy, Get Into STEM” program. Before the FIRST Tech Challenge West Super-Regional Championship, teams spent months designing, engineering and building their unique robots to compete in task-oriented challenges. Each robot is remote-controlled and is tasked with challenges such as collecting items of various shapes and sizes and climbing a steep incline.. MORE