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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

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

SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E today (Feb. 3) announced that it delivered record electric reliability to its customers for the sixth straight year. Since 2009, the utility has consistently reduced the average duration of power outages. Additionally, customers experienced the fewest number of outages in company history in 2014. “We know how important reliable service is to our communities, our economy and our quality of life. This is why PG&E has been making substantial investments to improve the reliability of our service. Our record-setting numbers over the past six. 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 Chip Buchanan OAKLAND — Near downtown Oakland, the city’s Lakeside Park welcomes visitors to jog along the water, row a boat or observe wildlife at the nation’s first sanctuary. They can also try an activity that residents have enjoyed for more than 100 years: lawn bowling. The sport began in Europe in Roman times and developed over centuries. The Oakland Lawn Bowling Club, founded in 1903, lets members play the game on two well-manicured greens. As a municipal facility, membership is open to the public for a yearly. MORE

A spinning vortex of water, molting dragons and flashing lights sound like features from upcoming summer blockbusters, but they’re actually part of exhibits at an interactive science and wildlife center for children and families. Frank Salguero of PG&E’s customer engagement team attended CuriOdyssey’s recent Earth Day celebration and presented the center with a $2,500 check. The center’s Earth Day event, on April 19, marked the fifth year PG&E has provided support. The event included special exhibits on local plants and animals, a coastal cleanup and hundreds of visitors from. MORE