Learn How PG&E Is Helping To Keep A Sustainable Environment

From helping customers save energy and reduce their carbon emissions to creating cleaner vehicle fleets to promoting sustainable stewardship, PG&E is committed to the safety and well-being of the environment and your community.1

PG&E’s Green Initiatives and Programs

1. Managing Carbon Emissions

In our country, about 29% of carbon emissions come from the electricity sector, and the majority are linked to fossil fuels like natural gas and coal — a contributing factor to extreme weather.2 As a provider of electricity and natural gas services to millions of people in Northern and Central California, PG&E works hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Part of PG&E’s efforts to manage their carbon emissions is to offer clean, safe, and reliable energy. According to studies, the electricity PG&E provides ranks among the lowest rates of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and its most recent verified emissions rate of 435 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour is around one-third of the national electric company average.3

Aside from delivering clean and renewable energy, PG&E actively works to reduce their carbon emissions by lowering energy use in their facilities, investing in lower-emission vehicles, and help customers reduce their electricity use with industry-leading tools and incentives.

2. Solar Choice Plans

We all know solar is a non-polluting, renewable resource that doesn’t emit any greenhouse gases when panels generate electricity. But if your home or apartment is not able to support rooftop solar, with PG&E's Solar Choice and Regional Renewable Choice programs, you have the option to buy from 50 to 100% of your electricity from a universal solar program generated within California, without having to install solar panels on your roof.4

3. Planning for Potential Extreme Weather Impacts

The threat of extreme weather events pose to important sectors of the American economy has become clearly visible. That’s why PG&E’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment examines the exposure prepare for extreme weather, including:

  • Wildfire Danger - PG&E is building a network of weather stations to monitor and further advance weather forecasting abilities to predict better where a wildfire could occur and respond quickly and appropriately to help keep communities safe.5

  • Flooding During Severe Storms - PG&E's meteorology team has developed a Storm Outage Prediction Model that incorporates real-time weather forecasts and data to accurately show where and when storm impacts will be most severe.6

  • Sea-Level Rise - Because this is a longer-term risk, PG&E’s participating in several local, state, and federal government-led studies and initiatives to better understand and plan for potential sea-level rise impacts.7

  • Land Subsidence - PG&E is developing a strategy to better monitor all of its electric and natural gas assets located in areas affected by gradual settling or sudden sinking of the ground surface.

  • Heat Waves - To maintain the safety and reliability of its system, PG&E has a structured process to reduce the impacts of hot weather, and they’re also investing significant resources in modernizing their electric operations.

4. Promoting Stewardship

PG&E has a long history of managing California lands and waters in responsibly and sustainably. This includes protecting threatened and endangered species and their habitats, as well as maintaining and preserving coastal, forest, and watershed lands.8

5. Power Lines & Trees

Droughts can cause trees to die or become dangerously unhealthy, making them susceptible to diseases and pest infestations like bark beetles. That’s why PG&E regularly prunes trees which grow too close to power lines to reduce fire hazards, keep communities safer, and provide uninterrupted electrical service.9

When trees near or inside your home need to be pruned or removed, PG&E will notify you in person, by a door hanger, letter or phone call.10 If you’re worried about trees being too close to power lines, please call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.

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