The Latest News from the North Valley

PG&E’s Community Pipeline Safety Initiative team is working hard every day to make sure that the area above and around natural gas transmission lines is free from obstacles that could prevent first responders and safety crews from getting to the pipe and making it safe in an emergency. Each day members of the team rollout through PG&E’s vast service territory to meet with community leaders and customers about the importance of keeping structures, trees and bushes away from the pipeline for safety reasons. However, sometimes that message can. MORE

REDDING — PG&E will install a new section of natural gas transmission line in a rural area of Cottonwood from January through April. “This gas line upgrade will provide our community with a safer and more reliable gas system,” said Lia White, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley division. PG&E will install 2,500 feet of new 10-inch steel pipe along Adobe Road between Balls Ferry and Alamos roads. The new section of pipeline will run nearly parallel to the existing pipeline. Once built, the new section will act as. MORE

PARADISE — The mountain community of Paradise is better prepared for emergencies thanks to the donation of a new evacuation trailer and equipment from PG&E. The Town of Paradise, and many portions of Butte County, are designated extreme wildland fire hazard areas, which increases the likelihood of evacuations. In 2008, residents of Paradise and neighboring communities fled as a fire approached the town, clogging roadways. After the Upper Ridge Evacuation Traffic Control Plan was updated, PG&E and the Butte County Fire Safe Council recognized an urgent need to assist with. 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

In a unique partnership, the American Gas Association (AGA) and PG&E have created a welding scholarship program to benefit two Butte College students with full-ride scholarships. The AGA donation of $30,000 will fund two Butte College welding scholarships each year for five years. The AGA donation benefits two full-time welding students enrolled in the Welding Technology certificate program with $3,000 each annually through 2017. Additionally, PG&E has provided a matching grant to this year’s two AGA scholarship recipients, who will receive an additional $3,000 each in scholarship funds. MORE

OROVILLE — PG&E has completed a project to rebuild a 42-mile electric transmission line that plays an important role in carrying renewable power to customers throughout its service area. Construction began on the project in 2011 and cost about $90 million to complete. The transmission line connects PG&E’s Palermo substation in Butte County to the East Nicolaus substation in Sutter County. PG&E crews and contractors rebuilt the line, which mainly spans open range and farms and runs through Yuba County east of Marysville. “By rebuilding this electric transmission. MORE

By David Kligman MAGALIA — Fifteen years ago, PG&E hydrographer Dan Stephens got the safety lesson of a lifetime. He almost didn’t live to tell about it. Stephens, then 22 and an Eagle Scout, was guiding a troop of teenage Boy Scouts and two adult chaperones from Tennessee on a canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness when the group got lost. They were 30 miles into their trip and had finished lunch when they decided to reach another lake to set up camp. A fallen tree had hidden the. MORE

By Paul Moreno CHICO — A dozen PG&E volunteers outfitted in tool belts and smiles took their shift in a “blitz building” of a Salvation Army housing complex today (March 19). In one week, the site will go from cement slabs to finished housing for up to four families. Students majoring in construction management at California State University, Chico are forgoing spring break to lead the effort, and are being joined by other students and community volunteers. The entire project is a community effort, involving dozens of organizations ranging. MORE