our plan

Building A Safer System

We’re working to improve our gas system because our customers deserve the highest standards of safety. Here’s what we’ve been doing to deliver a safer and more reliable system:

  • We’ve committed $2.7 billion in shareholder dollars for ongoing work to improve safety—at no expense to customers.
  • Our Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan is the most comprehensive in the country. Since 2011 we have undertaken the nation’s largest high-pressure pipeline testing program, increased the amount of transmission pipe we replace annually by a factor of 10, and installed automated valves at a rate matched by few other companies in America.
  • We are responding faster than ever to gas odor calls. Our average response time of 21.8 minutes ranks PG&E in the top 25% for gas utilities nationally.
  • We opened a cutting-edge control center in San Ramon where gas transmission, distribution and dispatch operators work efficiently and effectively 24/7.

Here’s what we propose to do next for gas safety and reliability—specifically for our network of large pipelines and storage facilities.

PG&E’s 2015 gas transmission and storage proposal includes detailed plans to:

  • Replace vintage transmission pipelines that could be at risk from land movements
  • Continue testing pipelines to verify safe operating pressures
  • Continue controlling corrosion to avoid underground leaks
  • Install more automated and remotely operated safety valves to quickly turn off gas in case of an emergency
  • Inspect the interior of more pipelines to detect and repair hidden flaws
  • Strengthen levee and water crossings
  • Maintain underground gas storage facilities that help us meet peak-hour demand on cold days
  • Modernize infrastructure control systems, databases and risk analysis programs

This work will help ensure that gas keeps flowing 24/7 to meet your needs for heating, cooking and business operations. This work will support more than ten thousand jobs a year across California, $1.8 billion in annual business sales, and $75 million a year in state and local tax revenues—making it good for our state’s economy as well as for our customers’ safety, comfort and convenience.

PG&E is committed to performing this work efficiently and cost-effectively. We will do so based on our careful assessment of risk, the experience gained from our ongoing gas safety program, and our close study of industry best practices.

Cost Sharing

PG&E is requesting a total of $1.29 billion for our planned work in 2015 to support an increase in spending of 13 percent. For the typical residential customer, this work will cost $5.23 more each month, or 17 cents more a day, starting in 2015.