The Latest News from San Luis Obispo

By Tom Cuddy AVILA BEACH — PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant was recognized by the California Breastfeeding Coalition for exemplary support of and accommodations for breastfeeding employees. The recognition, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, marks the first time that PG&E has been recognized for its leadership in supporting breastfeeding employees who work at Diablo Canyon, which employs more than 1,500 women and men. “Diversity and inclusion are a priority for PG&E, and providing breastfeeding mothers with the necessary support and accommodations not only supports that priority but. MORE

AVILA BEACH — On Sunday (May 1) at 12:02 a.m., operators at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely took Unit 2 offline for a planned refueling and maintenance outage. “Diablo Canyon Power Plant is an important energy resource for California and a significant economic engine for the Central Coast,” said Jim Welsch, PG&E vice president of nuclear generation. “The work we are performing in the weeks ahead supports our strong commitment to operate the facility in a safe and efficient manner, and ensures the continued delivery of clean,. MORE

By Kris Cole Sometimes PG&E’s commitment to providing power to communities isn’t so literal. That was the case when female employees at Diablo Canyon Power Plant recently took part in a first-of-its-kind free business and professional development workshop for local women. The “Women@Work” event, held at PG&E’s Energy Education Center in San Luis Obispo, featured presentations from local professionals offering insights on what employers are looking for in job candidates, how to dress for success and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. In addition, attendees received. MORE

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Local PG&E employees, including those who work at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, will donate more than $730,000 to local nonprofits and schools in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties in 2016. Statewide, PG&E employees will donate more than $7.9 million. “PG&E employees at Diablo Canyon, and throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, continue to lead the way in supporting worthy local causes, schools and community-support groups,” said Ed Halpin, PG&E’s senior vice president of generation and chief nuclear officer. “These funds empower these. MORE

AVILA BEACH — A small but industrious group tackled a big job this weekend when they began building a wooden boardwalk that will make it easier for disabled visitors to see inside the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse. On Friday (July 31), employees Lynne Goldhammer, Daniel See and Kent Grasmick began construction of a 5-foot-wide wooden boardwalk that is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. All three volunteers work at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant. A second build day is being planned later this week and expected to complete. 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

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 Colette Joyce AVILA BEACH — In April 2012, high concentrations of small barrel-shaped jellyfish-like sea creatures called salp clogged the Diablo Canyon Power Plant ocean water cooling intake screens. The marine invasion forced a controlled manual rapid shutdown of one of the plant’s units. Anderson Lin, a principal engineer with PG&E since 1998, investigated. He collected samples in a jar, brought them back to his office and began to study the salps. He shook the jar and noticed air bubbles easily adhering to the bodies of the. MORE

By Blake Sumner As 2013 came to an end, something special happened by what didn’t happen at Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County: The substation maintenance team celebrated its 25th year without an injury. The team provides maintenance for 32 stations from San Miguel, north of Paso Robles, to Buellton in Santa Barbara County. They inspect stations monthly and provide maintenance on breakers, transformers and anything associated with PG&E’s substations. They also support Diablo Canyon Power Plant. “We’re not customer-facing but we’re the nuts and bolts behind. MORE

By John Lindsey SAN LUIS OBISPO – Several active-duty Marines and PG&E employees joined local resident and former Marine Si Tenenberg on Saturday (April 5) to put together care packages for combat troops in Afghanistan. The inside of Tenenberg’s home on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Luis Obispo has been converted into a place to assemble care package. That includes his garage, kitchen, den – and even a pool table. Since 2006, Si along with volunteers has put together more than 11,000 care packages for the troops in. MORE