Mixed Week for PG&E

On the same day…PG&E found itself both blamed and praised. Blamed by state regulators. Praised by leaders in San Carlos.

Last Thursday, the Public Utilities Commission issued a report…alleging the utility broke state and federal laws that led to the deadly pipeline gas explosion in San Bruno in 2010. Meaning the Commissioners will consider fines against PG&E. (Several newspaper editorials had a thing or two to say about PUC’s share in the matter)

Also Thursday, the City of San Carlos and the SC Chamber of Commerce singled out PG&E on another front…giving the utility a Green Business Award to be presented at the Chamber’s annual Recognition Gala Jan. 19 at the Hotel Sofitel.

The Chamber and the City says it focused on companies that made “major strides in increasing their diversion of materials from the landfill and composting as part of the City’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance.”

Specifically, PG&E’s facility began a composting program, added recycle bins and its “diversion rate” is now 66%. Also, PG&E has been “a major resource” to the Chamber and the City in their work on green programs, etc. in the past several years.

More on green programs and other winners later.


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