The Latest News from the North Coast

PG&E was recently recognized for its extraordinary restoration response during California’s devastating Valley Fire. The Edison Electric Institute presented the company with its Emergency Recovery Award during the organization’s recent meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Valley Fire prompted one of the PG&E’s largest-ever restoration efforts, and part of what made it successful was the close collaboration between all the first responders. The Valley Fire burned about 76,000 acres in Lake and other Northern California counties in September, and caused devastating damage in communities such as Middletown. PG&E public. MORE

On Thursday, Roy Gillham, a PG&E customer relationship manager, and his family will drive about three hours northeast from their home near Ukiah to the small town of Durham in Butte County. They’ll have Thanksgiving dinner number one at Gillham’s folks’ house, then load up their three kids and head over to his in-laws’ about a block and a half away for holiday meal number two. You might imagine Gillham and his wife were childhood sweethearts. However, growing up a stone’s throw apart in this rural community of. MORE

SCOTIA — On a quiet, cloudy afternoon, this small town south of Eureka easily resembles dozens of other hamlets tucked along the redwood forests not far from the Pacific Ocean. Kids walk home from school. Teens hang out near the market, eyeing “No Skateboarding” signs. Pickup trucks are parked outside the hardware store. But spend a few hours here and you’ll notice your first impression was wrong. Scotia really isn’t like any other place in America. Some call it the nation’s “Last Company Town.” That’s because it was once. 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 Jonathan Marshall: For thousands of Americans who produce clean energy at their homes or places of business, “solar” doesn’t mean photovoltaic cells that generate electricity. Instead, they are harvesting the sun’s energy to heat water, a commercial process first patented by a Baltimore inventor in 1891, long before the silicon era. Today, PG&E is helping promote this environmentally friendly solution by offering residential and business incentives for new solar thermal installations—mostly for supplementing traditional gas-fired water heaters, but also for new uses such as commercial space or. MORE

By Tracy Correa: From the debut of a new billing statement that makes it easier for customers to manage energy usage to spearheading much-needed energy-efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses in remote towns, PG&E is working hard to help customers save money. In 2013, PG&E unveiled an all-new energy statement for electric and gas services. The bill features larger type size, at-a-glance billing numbers and new information to help customers better understand and manage their energy usage. Basic information such as the total amount due, due date, account. MORE

EUREKA – International Red Panda Day was celebrated on Sunday (Sept. 29) at the Sequoia Park Zoo, thanks to the sponsorship of PG&E. The day included red panda themed activities. Volunteers from PG&E hosted a variety of activity stations during the day. The volunteers painted faces in red panda themes, airbrushed temporary tattoos and handed out prizes. The zoo also had other activities to celebrate International Red Panda Day. That included a coloring station where children took the Panda Guardian Pledge, a location to watch the Red pandas. MORE

By David Kligman: WEITCHPEC — In the wilderness of Northern California’s Humboldt County, up little-traveled roads two hours from Eureka, an amazing thing is happening: Members of California’s largest Native American tribe are getting power for the first time. As part of a project 10 years in the making, PG&E is partnering with the 6,000-member Yurok tribe to establish electricity in remote reservation land. “You don’t really know what you’re missing until you start getting electricity,” said Yurok tribal chairman Thomas O’Rourke, who grew up without electricity. “Here,. MORE