The Latest News from the Central Coast

By Mayra Tostado SANTA CRUZ — El Niño preparations are under way in Santa Cruz County where PG&E taught dozens of families how to prepare for extreme winter weather. “We want customers to take all necessary precautions when dealing with El Niño-related weather events and possible power outages caused by wind and heavy rain,” said Rob Morse, senior manager of PG&E’s Central Coast Division. “We want families to stay safe and plan for emergencies before they occur.” PG&E joined forces with the City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz. MORE

By Mayra Tostado SALINAS — PG&E has selected two students to embark on a 10-day humanitarian aid mission to Kenya to deliver solar suitcases as part of the company’s Better Together Classroom Grants. The solar suitcase, created by We Share Solar, is a small, portable photovoltaic lighting system, powerful enough to illuminate a small room. Leilani Cancio and Sierra Hotz, both 17, were honored on Thursday (Dec. 17) by PG&E’s local government relations director, Papia Gambelin, and California State Assemblyman Luis Alejo for winning PG&E’s solar suitcase challenge. “I’m. MORE

By Mayra Tostado SANTA CRUZ — PG&E and Save Our Shores teamed up this week to remove trash, litter and recyclables from Cowell Beach. PG&E employees from the Central Coast and the South Bay came together on Thursday (Sept. 3) for the cleanup, an annual tradition at PG&E. “Marine debris is a serious pollution problem that impacts human health and endangers wildlife. At PG&E, our employees are committed to doing their part to clean and protect the communities we live in to ensure they’re safe for everyone,” said Rob Morse, senior. 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

SAN LUIS OBISPO – PG&E Diablo Canyon Power Plant and local area employees and retirees will donate more than $575,000 to local nonprofits and schools in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties in 2015. Overall, PG&E employees have pledged more than $7 million in contributions this year. “Since 2014, PG&E employees at Diablo Canyon and throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties have pledged nearly $1 million to local non-profits, with the majority of these funds going to local schools and worthy community-support organizations. This money has. 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

SISQUOC – Students at Foxen Elementary School were dealing with minimal sun last week, but it wasn’t enough to overshadow what turned out to be a very competitive series of solar car races. The sixth-to eighth-grade students built the 18 cars as part of a school project where they learned how solar panels worked. They put together the small cars from kits purchased with a $5,000 PG&E Bright Ideas Grantawarded to teacher Chad Hartford — and, on Thursday (April 17), they put them to the test. With awards of up. MORE

SANTA MARIA – Energy efficiency investments at the new One-Stop Student Center Project are paying off for Allan Hancock College. On Tuesday (April 15), PG&E representatives recognized the college for its efforts and presented the Board of Trustees with an energy incentive check for $36,477. Due to the investments, the college is expected to annually save $15,000 in energy costs and offset 24,000 pounds of greenhouse gases. The rebate came via PG&E’s Savings By Design program. The school’s design team, which included an architect, a LEED consultant, a mechanical engineer and an. MORE

By Matt Nauman SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Everywhere she looks at  Montaña de Oro State Park, Jodi Isaacs sees the value of PG&E volunteers. In her light green uniform, Isaacs often is called a park ranger, but she’s actually an environmental scientist for the California State Parks. On Saturday (April 12), she supervised about three dozen PG&E employees, and their friends and families, as they dug holes, trucked wheelbarrows full of wood chips and did other tasks to spruce up the park. “The beauty of the PG&E relationship is. MORE