PG&E has determined that it will not proceed with plans today for a Public Safety Power Shutoff in portions of 8 Northern CA counties, as weather conditions did not warrant this safety measure. We want to thank our customers for their understanding. http://bit.ly/2SVpRtw
8) 11-14-2018 The damage is estimated at more than $80 billion from Camp fire…The fire began on November 8. Just days earlier on November 5 Geisha Williams told shareholders that she would lobby to change the state policy of “inverse condemnation,” which holds utility companies responsible for damage caused by their equipment even if there was no intentional wrongdoing….in March 2017 she became the CEO and President of the $30 billion company, which CNN reports has 20,000 employees and services 16 million people in California. https://heavy.com/news/2018/11/geisha-williams/
An advocate for renewable energy, (President/CEO PG&E since March 2017) Williams has helped move PG&E toward renewables, with roughly 70% of the company's energy now coming from greenhouse-gas-free sources including natural gas. Her next goal: exceed California's renewables target of 50% by 2030 by focusing on wind and solar. https://www.forbes.com/profile/geisha-williams/#8663f052c474
5) 4-20-17 Customers were facing bills that doubled and tripled, leaving them worried they wouldn’t be able to pay. Now that fear has turned to fury after company filings show top PG&E executives raked in big bucks in 2016.
Current CEO Geisha Williams was earning $4.2 million in salary and perks even before her promotion. Mindy Spatt with the consumer advocacy group TURN says some of the compensation is funded through shareholders, but most of it falls on customers.
“We’re not sure why these executives are being rewarded,” she said. “Even if PG&E was a really good company, these salaries would be excessive.” Outgoing CEO Anthony Early earned nearly $12 million in compensation, including a 9 percent pay raise. PG&E President of Gas Operations Nick Stavrapolous took in nearly $4 million with a similar raise. https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/04/20/pge-executive-raises/
4) 11-14-2016 ComEd has powered Chicago and northern Illinois for more than a century. It is investing $2.6 billion to help modernize the state's infrastructure. ComEd has already improved its grid reliability for customers and avoided 500,000 interruptions per year through the use of smart switches that can redirect outages, as well as more than 4 million customers connections through smart metering and a smart street light project in various neighborhoods in the city. In addition the utility intends to leverage the same network connecting these devices for a whole range of smart city devices and applications to improve Chicago's economic viability and livability.
3) 3-25-15 SAN BRUNO — PG&E reported Wednesday that its top executives, including the chief executive officer, all received pay raises during 2014, a year tarnished by a criminal indictment of the utility for a fatal explosion in San Bruno and an email scandal that documented cozy ties between the company and its primary regulator.
Anthony Earley, chief executive officer of PG&E, captured total compensation of $11.6 million in 2014, up 13.7 percent from 2013, according to a new regulatory filing on Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Christopher Johns (shown), president of Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility arm of PG&E, earned $6 million in total compensation last year, up 44.1 percent from 2013.
2) 12-3-2014 PG&E President (2009-15) Chris Johns refuted predictions that current trends in energy would bring about the demise of the century-old electric grid. Instead he said PG&E sees the "democratization of the grid."
"We're going to discover that these energy technologies are tremendously more powerful and more valuable if they're wired together through the grid," Johns said, "which means the grid is not only going to continue to be relevant, it's going to be just as indispensable over the next 100 years as it was in the last 100–maybe even more so.” https://www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/newsdetails/index.page?title=20141203_pge_president_shares_vision_of_interconnected_energy_grid
1) 9-11-2014 MENLO PARK — The “Internet of Things” has become a catchphrase to describe the future network connectivity of pretty much everything in life, from cars to homes to health care and energy….
PG&E customers are becoming "an active part in the energy ecosystem," said
PG&E Vice President Elisabeth Brinton. PG&E sees this trend and envisions building a “grid of things” that allows all of the pieces in the digital world to work together—therefore adding tremendous value to those things.
That was one of the key messages PG&E’s Elisabeth Brinton delivered Wednesday (Sept. 10) at Greentech Media’s Soft Grid, a conference focusing on software applications and opportunities in the utility industry.
Brinton is PG&E’s vice president of corporate strategy, joining the company recently from the Silicon Valley startup C3 Energy, which specializes in smart grid analytics software. Before that she was the chief customer officer for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
The “grid of things,” as Brinton described, is “essentially this amazing software, hardware infrastructure platform.” It requires overlaying IT capabilities on top of the wires, poles and substations that cities and towns have known for generations.
“Our vision is to make the best grid ever,” she said.
It’s a grid that seamlessly combines rooftop solar with battery storage and consumer mobile applications. It’s one that improves energy efficiency by making it more sophisticated and automated. It’s a grid that gives utilities greater visibility into operations to improve reliability, and balances renewable power sources with conventional sources like natural gas and nuclear. Elisabeth Brinton recently became PG&E's vice president of corporate strategy. “Rather than thinking about a particular technology in its own silo, we have the opportunity to think of these things from a broader systems perspective,” she said. http://www.pgecurrents.com/2014/09/11/pge’s-elisabeth-brinton-‘our-vision-is-to-make-the-best-grid-ever’/
Fukushima to Tokyo is 178 miles; Chico to Redwood City on SF Bay peninsula is 188 miles. Tokyo prioritizes, they say, for "the greater good" and Redwood City area prioritizes, they say, for "the greater good." The equation is complex in both cases. Top management may be serving various interests; what is critical for one group or individual is not necessarily the same for another. But in our naivite &/or according to a whitewashed account, "ah, things happen." Coincidence?? -r, mt. shasta