Wildfires

PG&E Sees Improvement in Wildfire Mitigation as California Blazes Continue

PG&E Sees Improvement in Wildfire Mitigation as California Blazes Continue

As parts of California face wildfires and the persistence of extreme dry conditions, PG&E Corp. estimates that around 90% of its wildfire risk has been mitigated by technology and program enhancements. CEO Patricia Poppe said during a second quarter conference call that new safety settings for lines and vegetation control have helped increase safety and…

August 5, 2022
PG&E Bets Big on Infrastructure Projects to Move Utility into ‘New Era’

PG&E Bets Big on Infrastructure Projects to Move Utility into ‘New Era’

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), riding on the momentum of a positive fourth quarter of 2021 and shrinking annual losses, has shifted focus to ambitious projects it hopes will reduce risks of wildfire events that have plagued the company. In what CEO Patti Poppe called a “new era” for PG&E during a Thursday 4Q2021…

February 14, 2022
SDG&E Charges Forward with Battery-Powered Microgrids, Touts Success of Four-Year Pilot Project

SDG&E Charges Forward with Battery-Powered Microgrids, Touts Success of Four-Year Pilot Project

San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) recently completed a four-year zero-emissions microgrid pilot project testing a vanadium redox flow battery (RFB) from Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. (SEI).  The microgrid project, completed late last year, tested the RFB’s ability to seamlessly transition from the larger grid to the microgrid without any power interruption. The RFB…

February 9, 2022
California Blueprint Looking to Forge ‘Oil-Free Future,’ Lead Nation in Climate Change Fight

California Blueprint Looking to Forge ‘Oil-Free Future,’ Lead Nation in Climate Change Fight

California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed 2022-2023 budget proposal to continue confronting the state’s “greatest existential threats” – the pandemic and climate change – while bolstering economic growth. Specifically for energy, Newsom’s ambition under his California Blueprint is to create “an oil-free future” for California by reducing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels while…

January 12, 2022
CenterPoint Aiding Xcel in Restoring Natural Gas Service in Colorado Following Wildfires

CenterPoint Aiding Xcel in Restoring Natural Gas Service in Colorado Following Wildfires

CenterPoint Energy said mutual assistance crews and support personnel from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were helping Xcel Energy to restore natural gas service in Boulder, CO, which sustained extensive damage from recent wildfires. “Our natural gas technicians are skilled to perform in any type of conditions, just like they do for our customers at home,”…

January 4, 2022
California Regulators Propose Stricter Oversight of PG&E, Sempra and Edison Utilities

California Regulators Propose Stricter Oversight of PG&E, Sempra and Edison Utilities

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed regulations to strengthen oversight of the state’s investor-owned utilities. The proposal, which would need to be approved by CPUC commissioners, would establish specific metrics to evaluate Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) operational safety performance. It would also adopt 10 safety performance metrics, building on those previously…

September 27, 2021
PG&E Safety Monitor OK’d by California Regulators

PG&E Safety Monitor OK’d by California Regulators

To strengthen its oversight of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) safety performance, California regulators have established an independent safety monitor to help shape daily operations. PG&E is under scrutiny for its potential role in causing several North California wildfires, including the Dixie fire, considered the second largest in state history.  “We welcome the additional…

August 18, 2021
Cooler Weather Forecast, Persistently Softer LNG Volumes Send Natural Gas Futures Prices Tumbling

Cooler Weather Forecast, Persistently Softer LNG Volumes Send Natural Gas Futures Prices Tumbling

After another run toward $4.200/MMBtu last week, natural gas futures took a nosedive on Monday as long-range weather forecasts continued to cool while liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand remained well off recent highs. The September Nymex gas futures contract settled at $4.060, off 8.0 cents from Friday’s close. October dropped 7.9 cents to $4.075. Spot…

August 9, 2021
PG&E Attempting to Dig Out from Wildfire-Related Charges, Reports $1B in Losses from Previous Blazes

PG&E Attempting to Dig Out from Wildfire-Related Charges, Reports $1B in Losses from Previous Blazes

Facing new criminal charges for its alleged involvement in a massive 2020 wildfire, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) CEO Patti Poppe said the combination utility is making “profound changes,” such as burying its power lines to significantly lower the risks of future fires for both California and the company. Speaking on a 2Q2021 earnings…

August 2, 2021
California Using Energy Reliability Options to Cut Wildfire Risks to Power Grid

California Using Energy Reliability Options to Cut Wildfire Risks to Power Grid

The size of California’s wildfires doubled year/year in 2020, so state officials are throwing technology enhancements at the seasonal challenge through the utilities, grid operators and energy planners. “One of the biggest lessons we have learned is how unpredictable fire dangers and climate both are, and we’re still grappling somewhat with how to prepare for…

June 21, 2021
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