The Latest News from Bakersfield

By Katie Allen Preschoolers naturally think of nurses or police officers as community helpers. But a group of children in Bakersfield recently got to experience how PG&E troublemen help their communities, too. Each February during National Electrical Safety Month, the Oaks Children’s Center Preschool in Bakersfield partners with local first responders and other professionals to show students what they do on the job. For the second year in a row, PG&E taught almost a hundred preschoolers the basic principles of electricity and how to stay safe in several. MORE

By Libby O’Connell Whether he’s with his gas crew in the desert near Topock or exploring the ocean floor off Catalina Island, Trevor Fulks has a perspective that looks far beneath the surface. A 50-year old job site becomes a lesson in legacy; a recreational scuba dive turns into a mission to save the sea. For someone who describes himself as “risk-averse,” Fulks displays an abundance of calm courage and confidence to forge PG&E’s newest foundations. When Fulks was born, his parents were serving as medical missionaries in. MORE

BAKERSFIELD — PG&E is performing overhead electric work to reduce the number of power outages to hundreds of homes and businesses in the area. Crews are replacing overhead transformers, reconnectors, cross arms, and installing reclosers at 10 locations between Sacramento Street and River Boulevard north of Highway 178 in Bakersfield. Similar upgrades have reduced the number of outages by 30 percent and decreased the average duration by 50 percent. “We continue to target specific areas in Kern County where electric improvements are necessary. This work will ensure customers in. MORE

By Katie Allen and Tracy Correa Lopez WASCO — As California’s drought lingers, PG&E continues to work with farmers to reduce their water and energy usage. PG&E has a variety of energy efficiency programs and incentives designed to help customers in agriculture — one of the state’s biggest economic drivers — weather the effects of the drought. At an event on Tuesday (Aug. 4) promoting PG&E’s partnership with farmers, Beatris Espericueta, executive director of the Kern County Farm Bureau, explained how her own family has saved money by working closely with the utility and she’s encouraging. MORE

By the end of 2014, PG&E will have replaced all 2,243 miles of its cast iron gas distribution pipe — which can be prone to leaks — with new, modern materials. This announcement makes PG&E one of the first utilities of comparable size and age to complete such an action. The company, which already ranks in the top 10 percent nationally in maintaining a small number of minor leaks in its backlog, also committed to achieving a near-zero backlog by the end of the year. These efforts are. MORE

PG&E is ranked as a top utility for delivering clean electricity to its customers and implementing effective energy efficiency programs, according to a report released today (July 24) by Ceres, a leading environmental sustainability advocacy organization. Clean-tech sector research and advisory firm Clean Edge co-produced the report. In a study that examines the deployment of clean energy by 32 investor-owned electric utility companies in 2012, PG&E ranked first in cumulative annual energy efficiency savings, a reflection of the company’s long history and commitment to helping customers use less. MORE

By Colette Joyce AVILA BEACH — In April 2012, high concentrations of small barrel-shaped jellyfish-like sea creatures called salp clogged the Diablo Canyon Power Plant ocean water cooling intake screens. The marine invasion forced a controlled manual rapid shutdown of one of the plant’s units. Anderson Lin, a principal engineer with PG&E since 1998, investigated. He collected samples in a jar, brought them back to his office and began to study the salps. He shook the jar and noticed air bubbles easily adhering to the bodies of the. MORE

By Tracy Correa BAKERSFIELD – With a backdrop that included blue and yellow balloons, hundreds of teens and community leaders celebrated the kickoff today (April 17) of PG&E’s Summer Jobs Program in Kern County. This year’s local program – back for a second year — will provide career-building skills and training to 200 young people and paid summer jobs to 55 of them. The program is a partnership between PG&E and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. The utility is funding the program – including the payroll for those. MORE

BAKERSFIELD – Hoisted 40 feet in the air, David Scott used an amp meter to check capacitor banks, part of an annual inspection to ensure PG&E’s electric power delivery is ready for increased summer demand. Scott, a PG&E troubleman, is part of a team that has been working since March to inspect more than 1,000 capacitor banks – a key component of the electric system — before the summer heat kicks in. Local media were invited to watch the work today (April 10) under sunny skies with temperatures forecast. MORE

By Libby O’Connell PG&E blue runs in Scott Salyers’ family. His grandfather’s career was a living history of his generation and of the company: A World War II veteran, Bill Salyers joined the company during its boom construction time, bringing his young family to live in PG&E’s Sierra camps during the construction of part of the company’s hydro system in the 1950s. As a construction inspector, Bill Salyers was there when Diablo Canyon Power Plant was built — and Scott Salyers has his grandfather’s commemorative belt buckle to. MORE