By Tracy Correa: FRESNO – With shovels in hand, PG&E and local community leaders broke ground Friday (May 17) on a new 24,000-square-foot electric distribution control center in Fresno that will both improve electric reliability and provide an economic boost to the city. The center is one of three planned in PG&E’s service area to provide the utility’s system operators with improved tools to better manage electric distribution by giving them real-time visibility into the system. The center in Concord broke ground on April 26, and the third. MORE

By David Kligman: CONCORD — PG&E broke ground today (April 26) on the first of three new electric distribution control centers that will house new smart grid technology, enhancing electric reliability for customers. Over the next year, about 250 construction workers will build the new 37,000-square-foot center, which is located in a lot next to the utility’s service center in this Contra Costa County city. The center will be completed in 2014. About 90 electric operations employees will work at the facility. They’ll monitor thousands of miles of. MORE

By Russell Eisenman: EUREKA – Many are unaware of the significant role that Humboldt County played in the history of energy generation: PG&E’s Humboldt Bay Power Plant was the first privately funded nuclear power plant built in the United States for the sole purpose of providing commercial electricity. PG&E, in collaboration with the Clarke Historical Museum, is sponsoring a new exhibit, “From Sawdust to Uranium: 130 Years of Electricity in Humboldt County,” highlighting the unique story of the area’s electric history. The exhibit, which runs through June, shares. MORE

EUREKA – In a single day, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, a playground went from vision to reality at Jefferson School on B Street. On Saturday (July 14), more than 250 volunteers came to install swings and slides, to shovel and rake, to carry and haul. That included 40 PG&E employees (and their families and friends) as well as other volunteers from the California Conservation Corps, the Eureka Rescue Mission and the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The Eureka Fire Department brought its. MORE

HUMBOLDT COUNTY – Thirty miles north of Eureka, a tree- and meadow-covered headland juts into the Pacific Ocean.  This is Patrick’s Point State Park. On Saturday (April 14), 33 PG&E employees, family and friends worked approximately 132 volunteer hours to improve and enhance this natural, cultural and historic treasure.  Leslie Horak, community relations representative, led the PG&E team of volunteers as they lent a hand to park staff and worked alongside other community volunteers. Volunteers removed invasive, non-native plants, landscaped the park entrance and visitor center and cleaned. MORE