By Libby O’Connell Whether he’s with his gas crew in the desert near Topock or exploring the ocean floor off Catalina Island, Trevor Fulks has a perspective that looks far beneath the surface. A 50-year old job site becomes a lesson in legacy; a recreational scuba dive turns into a mission to save the sea. For someone who describes himself as “risk-averse,” Fulks displays an abundance of calm courage and confidence to forge PG&E’s newest foundations. When Fulks was born, his parents were serving as medical missionaries in. MORE

DAVIS — PG&E is installing a new underground electric line that will improve electric capacity and reliability in downtown and east Davis. PG&E’s contractor will begin work on Jan. 4 and finish in April. The line will create a new circuit and will have greater capacity than the existing one, which also will improve reliability. About 2,770 customers along the route will be switched to the new power source when the project is completed in April. “We are confident that the power line upgrades will provide better electric reliability. 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

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 Brian Bullock Maintenance outages for power generation facilities are always a team effort, but for the folks at PG&E’s Helms Pumped Storage Facility, a critical hydro-electric facility in the Sierra Nevada, the latest outages proved to be international efforts, as well. Helms, which marked its 30th anniversary last year, through the use of two reservoirs and three hydro-pump generators, can produce a total of 1,212 megawatts of electricity — enough to power the cities of Fresno and Oakland. And it can go from idle to full power. 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

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

If you come by her place the first Sunday of any month, Cynthia Haynes will make you feel at home. The PG&E senior public safety specialist has hosted standing open-invitation dinners to anyone who cares to show up at her Auburn door for years, no RSVP required. This generosity of spirit reflects her dedication to her community and a heart that is as open as her home — for veterans, for first responders, and for anyone in need, this tireless civic booster lives and breathes “local.” It’s what. MORE

By Megan McFarland SAN FRANCISCO — This month, PG&E put the finishing touches on a project eight years in the making — the modernization of its Mission Substation. For more than 65 years the substation, located in a three-story building in downtown San Francisco, has distributed electricity that helps power parts of the city’s Financial District, Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods. The extensive upgrade of its internal infrastructure included the replacement of electric transmission and distribution equipment, such as transformers, switchgears, circuit breakers and cables. These enhancements will improve. MORE

FRESNO — This week, students in Fresno State’s construction management program learned how a phone call to 811 can save a life for anyone planning a project that requires digging. The students were instructed how the free service works but most important the dangers of not making the call. Anyone planning a digging project should know what’s underground. The answer is to call 811 first. “Take the minute to double and triple check because it can save someone’s life,” Fresno gas utility worker Rodrigo Marquez said of the estimated. MORE