PG&E's Commitment to Safety

In large part because of the progress PG&E has made over the past several years, the company became the first energy company in the U.S. to earn several of the most highly regarded and internationally recognized safety certifications:

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 55001
  • Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 55-1
  • American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice (API RP) 1173
  • American Chemistry Council RC14001

Operational Progress:

The company has spent $2.7 billion in shareholder funds to enhance the integrity of our natural gas system.

PG&E has completed the following:

  • Change began at the top with Tony Earley joining the company as CEO in 2011.
  • We restructured our gas operations business and hired the best natural gas experts in the country to run it.
  • We have conducted advanced pipeline safety testing, replaced more than 175 miles of gas transmission pipeline where necessary and installed 268 new automated or remotely controlled emergency shut-off valves.
  • We decommissioned all known remaining cast-iron pipe in our system, replacing it with modern plastic pipe.
  • We built an industry-leading gas operations control center, employing the most advanced technology, from which we can monitor the entire system and respond more quickly and effectively to emergencies.
  • We completed the Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure verification and a GPS survey of all 6,750 miles of our transmission pipelines to map the precise locations of all our transmission pipelines.
  • We’re using new gas leak detection technology that is 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional equipment in order to help find and fix leaks before they become a problem.
  • We’ve improved our response time to gas odor reports to an average of 20 minutes, which represents the top ten percent for gas utilities nationally.
  • Created an online tool so customers can find the locations of pipelines in their neighborhood.
  • Broke ground on a state-of-the-art gas operations training facility.

Records Management Improvements :

We have made significant progress to improve and modernize our natural gas system records and record keeping practices.

PG&E has completed the following:

  • Completed a multi-year effort to consolidate and digitize more than 12 million pages of gas service records associated with 3.3 million gas distribution services.
  • Consolidated more than four million records related to its transmission pipeline system from 60 field offices across Central and Northern California into an electronic database that can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Deployed a Gas Distribution Geographical Information System (GIS) tool to map, reconcile and analyze the data and events that take place during work on PG&E distribution assets.
  • Implemented a company-wide practice that requires any employee or contractor to stop a job if the records do not match what is found in the ground or if the employee believes the situation is not safe.
  • Provided our gas professionals working in the field with network-connected laptops to access real-time gas distribution records and maps. This information is electronically stored and available for all employees to use.