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By Paul Moreno ORLAND — PG&E lineman and Orland resident Jeff Gomes has worked in fierce storms, sweltering heat and the aftermath of wildfires to help restore power. But he also faces tough situations during his time off too — medical emergencies, fires, traffic collisions and rescues. After more than 25 years as a volunteer firefighter and volunteering roughly 15,000 hours to the Orland Volunteer Fire Department, Gomes will receive a national honor in the form of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards for Public. 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

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

SACRAMENTO – It was ‘back to the future’ in historic Old Sacramento over the weekend. Visitors to the state park commemorating the Gold Rush era are used to seeing horse-drawn carriages, but not the fire trucks, army vehicle and PG&E emergency response vehicles that lined the dirt streets this weekend. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) hosted the 10th annual California Day of Preparedness in Old Sacramento on Saturday (Aug. 29). PG&E sponsored the event for the second consecutive year, partnering with the state to help Californians learn how. 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

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday (April 16), Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was formally inducted as the 72nd president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors during a gavel passing ceremony in Sacramento. PG&E was the lead sponsor of the event and several members from PG&E’s local government relations team that work closely with the mayor and other local elected officials were in attendance to congratulate him on his new position. “I am honored to assume this office right here in Sacramento, the city that I love and work for every single. MORE

By Tracy Correa BAKERSFIELD – With a backdrop that included blue and yellow balloons, hundreds of teens and community leaders celebrated the kickoff today (April 17) of PG&E’s Summer Jobs Program in Kern County. This year’s local program – back for a second year — will provide career-building skills and training to 200 young people and paid summer jobs to 55 of them. The program is a partnership between PG&E and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. The utility is funding the program – including the payroll for those. MORE

MARYSVILLE – PG&E will begin work this week to install new natural gas lines along Highway 70 north of Marysville. Work will continue through August. PG&E crews are installing more than a mile of steel and plastic gas lines and retiring 29 high-pressure regulators, which regulate the pressure of gas in the pipeline, and installing 14 new ones. “The gas line and regulator upgrades that we will be making over the next five months will improve the safety and integrity of the natural gas system for our customers in. MORE