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PG&E Responds to CAL FIRE Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today issued the following statement in response to the release of information by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) regarding some of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

The safety of our customers, their families and the communities we serve is our most important job. The loss of life, homes and businesses in these extraordinary wildfires is simply heartbreaking, and we remain focused on helping communities recover and rebuild.

We look forward to the opportunity to carefully review the CAL FIRE reports to understand the agency’s perspectives.

Based on the information we have so far, we believe our overall programs met our state’s high standards.

Under PG&E’s industry-leading Vegetation Management Program, we inspect and monitor every PG&E overhead electric transmission and distribution line each year, with some locations patrolled multiple times. We also prune or remove approximately 1.4 million trees annually.

Following Governor Brown’s January 2014 Drought State of Emergency Proclamation and the California Public Utilities Commission’s Resolution ESRB-4, PG&E has added enhanced measures to address areas particularly affected by drought and bark beetles including:

• Increased foot and aerial patrols along power lines in high fire-risk areas;
• Removed approximately 236,000 dead or dying trees in 2016 and 140,000 dead or dying trees in 2017; these tree removals were in addition to approximately 30,000 trees removed per year prior to the drought;
• Launched daily aerial fire detection patrols during high fire season to improve fire spotting and speed of fire response;
• Since 2014, provided $11.4 million to local Fire Safe Councils (FSCs) for fuel reduction projects in communities; and
• Provided $1.7 million to local FSCs for 28 highly programmable remote-sensing cameras for critical fire lookout towers.

PG&E meets or exceeds regulatory requirements for pole integrity management, using a comprehensive database to manage multiple patrol and inspection schedules of our more than two million poles.

Years of drought, extreme heat and 129 million dead trees have created a “new normal” for our state, and we must continue to adapt to meet these challenges.

Extreme weather is increasing the number of large wildfires and the length of the wildfire season in California. According to CAL FIRE, in 2017 alone, CAL FIRE confronted 7,117 wildfires, compared to an average of 4,835 during the preceding five years. Five of the 20 most destructive wildfires in the state’s history burned between October and December 2017.

In the case of these Northern California wildfires, we saw an unprecedented confluence of weather-related conditions, including: years of drought resulting in millions of dead trees, a record-setting wet winter that spurred the growth of vegetation that then became abundant fuel after record-setting heat during the summer months, very low humidity and very high winds.

The state, first responders and California’s utilities are all in agreement that we must work together to prevent and respond to wildfires and enhance climate and infrastructure resiliency.

Following last year’s fires, we are bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden our electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep our customers safe.

We want to work together to share information, provide resources and help our customers and communities prepare for and stay safe during extreme weather events. This challenge requires us all to come together in order to be successful. We need to look at the full range of solutions. These should include utility practices as well as:

• Forest management to reduce fuel;
• Better management of building in the wildland urban interface;
• Fire-resistant building codes;
• Defensible space practices; and
• Insurance coverage for those homeowners and businesses located in elevated fire areas.

In addition, we strongly believe this must include addressing California’s unsustainable policies regarding wildfire liability. California is one of the only states in the country where the courts have applied inverse condemnation liability to events associated with investor-owned utility equipment. This means PG&E could be liable for property damages and attorneys’ fees even if we followed established inspection and safety rules.

Liability regardless of negligence undermines the financial health of the state’s utilities, discourages investment in California and has the potential to materially impact the ability of utilities to access the capital markets to fund utility operations and California’s bold clean energy vision.

Extreme weather events driven by climate change are causing unprecedented wildfires and creating a “new normal” for our state. We are committed to advocating with legislative leaders and policymakers across the state on comprehensive legislative solutions for all Californians, as we collectively seek to meet the challenge of climate change, and position the California economy for success.

Sacramento County Fair is Nearly in Full Swing!

Sacramento, Calif., (5/23/18) – Midway of Fun, known as California’s Friendliest Carnival, will be bringing over 30 of the best and most enjoyable rides for the Sacramento County Fair, one of which is a fan-favorite, The Lolli Swings. This ride is known throughout the country as one of the best and is suitable for children and adults alike. The Sacramento County Fair and all of the amazing rides will be held at Cal Expo from May 24th through Memorial Day, May 28th.

Pamela Fyock, CEO of Sacramento County Fair, states, “We are looking forward to joining forces with Midway of Fun once again for this year’s Sacramento County Fair! We always love seeing the Fairgoers get excited about the abundance of rides. The Lolli Swings have always been a fair favorite.”

If you would like to enjoy The Lolli Swings ride as well as many others, the Unlimited Ride Wristbands are available for purchase online at sacfair.com. You can get the wristband at a discounted price until May 23rd. A single wristband is good for one full-day of rides at the Sacramento County Fair Carnival and does not include fair admission.
In addition, this year the Sacramento County Fair is doing something special, allowing a boy’s wish to come true. Terrell, 14, who battles leukemia, wishes to have his very own carnival; therefore, the Sacramento County Fairgrounds will open one day early, just for him.Not only does Terrell show bravery by fighting his critical illness, but he recently saved his neighbors in their apartment building after it caught on fire in Stockton.
At his carnival, Sutter Health (Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors) will be there to support him in his wish coming true as well as the Stockton Fire Department to recognize him as a local hero. Terrell will be enjoying the Swings as well as many other Midway of Fun rides on May 23rd.

Doors to the Sacramento County Fair are open to the public May 24th through 28th. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.sacfair.com or at the Sacramento County Fair office. Adult tickets are only $6.00, kids 12-and-under are FREE, and select events are discounted online until May 23rd. Join over 100,000 guests and experience more than 30 carnival rides, dozens of free exhibits, musical guests, and activities all Memorial Day Weekend.

For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule visit www.sacfair.com and #ShareTheFair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

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About the Sacramento County Fair
Over 100,000 guests will enjoy the Sacramento County Fair May 24 – 28, 2018 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds. Nearly 10,000 school children will enjoy educational school tours. 5,000 local Sacramento residents will compete for awards in the livestock and competitive exhibit programs. Adult admission is only $6.00 and admission for kids 12-and-under is free every day of the Fair. This year, the Sacramento County Fair will be the biggest and best in its over 80-year history, and the theme is “Let’s Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue.”

For more information please visit www.sacfair.com.
#ShareTheFair and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/,
on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

For media inquiries, please contact: Pamela Fyock
CEO, Sacramento County Fair pamelafyock@sacfair.com 916-263-2975

Meet the Sacramento County Fair’s Newest Ride – JUMBO!

Sacramento, Calif., (5/23/18) – Midway of Fun, known as California’s Friendliest Carnival, is returning to the Sacramento County Fair May 24th through 28th, this time with a new ride!

Named JUMBO, this ride has an elephant theme with the animals soaring 20 feet in the air! This is the latest in ride design and is imported from the Czech Republic. JUMBO is a true family attraction!

Pamela Fyock, CEO of Sacramento County Fair, exclaims, “We are thrilled to introduce JUMBO into the 30-plus rides that will be attending the Sacramento County Fair! This is sure to be a family favorite!”

If guests would like to enjoy rides at the Fair, the Unlimited Ride Wristbands are available for purchase online at sacfair.com. Wristband prices are discounted online until May 23rd. A single wristband is good for one full-day of rides at the Sacramento County Fair Carnival and does not include Fair admission.

In addition, the Sacramento County Fair is doing something special: allowing a boy’s wish to become a reality. Terrell, 14, is fighting leukemia, and his wish was to have a carnival of his very own. His Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors, Sutter Health is partnering with the Sacramento County Fair to make his wish come true. The Fairgrounds will open one day early, just for Terrell.

Doors to the Sacramento County Fair are open to the public May 24th through 28th. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.sacfair.com or at the Sacramento County Fair office. Adult tickets are only $6.00, kids 12-and-under are FREE, and select events are discounted online until May 23rd. Join over 100,000 guests and experience more than 30 carnival rides, dozens of free exhibits, musical guests, and activities all Memorial Day Weekend.

For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule visit www.sacfair.com and #ShareTheFair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

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About the Sacramento County Fair
Over 100,000 guests will enjoy the Sacramento County Fair May 24 – 28, 2018 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds. Nearly 10,000 school children will enjoy educational school tours. 5,000 local Sacramento residents will compete for awards in the livestock and competitive exhibit programs. Adult admission is only $6.00 and admission for kids 12-and-under is free every day of the Fair. This year, the Sacramento County Fair will be the biggest and best in its over 80-year history, and the theme is “Let’s Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue.”

For more information please visit www.sacfair.com.

#ShareTheFair and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/,
on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

For media inquiries, please contact: Pamela Fyock
CEO, Sacramento County Fair pamelafyock@sacfair.com 916-263-2975

First Dead Bird of the Season Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Elk Grove, Ca.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed today that the first bird of the season has tested positive for West Nile virus. The American crow was collected south of Del Paso Heights in Sacramento and it is the first sign of West Nile virus activity for the 2018 season. “Finding the first positive bird is always significant because it provides an early warning sign for the disease,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “It confirms that the virus is present, provides a good indication of where we may find positive mosquito samples and where human cases may develop later in the season” added Goodman. This is the first indication of the virus within the District’s service area; however other counties throughout the state including neighboring El Dorado County have already started to register activity.

The public is encouraged to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). Some species of birds such as crows, jays and magpies are very susceptible to the virus. Though not all birds that are reported will be picked up and tested, the reports provide valuable information and assist with mosquito surveillance and control efforts that help protect public health.

In response to the detection of WNV activity, the District will increase its mosquito trapping and surveillance in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding.

Residents may visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website.

To report a neglected swimming pool or other mosquito problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

2018 West Nile virus activity update:

Sacramento County: 1 dead bird has tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

Yolo County: No activity has been registered so far.

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To report stagnant water sources, request a home inspection or if you are being bothered by mosquitoes, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention:
DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.
DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.
DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent. Make sure to follow label directions!
DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

Spring into Savings with Four Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs Ahead of Summer

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) wants customers with air conditioners to know they can cool their home for less as temperatures heat up. Today, PG&E shares four simple ways for customers to save energy and reduce cooling costs.

“This spring and summer, we want to help our customers manage their energy costs and save money. Customers can utilize our tips, tools, and programs to uncover savings through these hotter months,” said Vincent Davis, senior director of customer energy solutions at PG&E.

1. Raise the thermostat when at home and turn it up when leaving: Customers can save on annual cooling costs for each degree the temperature is increased in their home during the hot summer months. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when at home, health permitting. Turn it up to 85 degrees when not at home.
2. Check air filters once a month: Heating and cooling consume the most energy in the average home — up to 50 percent of total home energy use. Dirty filters cause your system to work harder to keep the area cool, wasting energy and money.
3. Consider purchasing a smart thermostat for your home: Through PG&E’s Smart Thermostat Rebate, customers receive a $50 rebate on the purchase of new smart thermostat to help save on home heating and cooling costs. Visit PG&E’s Marketplace to compare and shop for qualifying ENERGY STAR® models.
4. Maintain your air conditioner with ambrose air AC repair: Customers can lower their monthly energy bill by keeping air conditioning equipment working at top efficiency. PG&E’s AC Quality Care Program offers a free AC assessment ahead of summer and list of available AC-related rebates.
To take advantage of additional programs, tools, and savings opportunities, PG&E recommends customers:

• Go to pge.com and sign up for a free online account. Signing up to access an online account is critical to customers’ understanding their energy use. When logged in, customers can also, review energy use and costs, compare bills, and more.

• Find a rate plan that works best for their home at pge.com/ratechoices. Customers can analyze their energy usage and find the lowest cost or most convenient rate plan, based on their electric use history. PG&E customers can also explore new time-of-use rates to determine what works for their home.

• Avoid bill surprises with Energy Alerts and Budget Billing. Customers who need help balancing their budget and avoiding bill surprises can sign up for the free Bill Forecast Alerts at pge.com/energyalerts to be alerted by text, phone or email if their monthly bill amount is projected to exceed the amount they specified. Customers who wish to receive a more consistent and predictable monthly bill based on their average annual usage can sign up for Budget Billing at pge.com/budgetbilling.

• Take a free Home Energy Checkup at pge.com/myenergyuse. This simple web-based assessment allows customers to find out how much of their household’s energy goes to heating, hot water, appliances, and lighting. Customers will receive a personalized list of ways to reduce energy and lower their bill. It’s free, easy and takes only five minutes to complete..
For more tips on how to save this summer, visit pge.com/summer.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

PG&E Opens New Wildfire Safety Operations Center, Marks California Wildfire Awareness Week with $2 Million for Fire Safe Councils

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — In preparation for the 2018 wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has opened its new Wildfire Safety Operations Center. The center, which will be staffed 24/7, will monitor potential fire threats across PG&E’s service area in real time and coordinate with first responders and public safety officials to respond to any emerging threats and help keep communities safe.

The Wildfire Safety Operations Center is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, launched in March as an additional precautionary measure intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. Through the program, PG&E is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden its electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep its customers safe.

“Extreme weather is increasing the number of wildfires and length of wildfire season in California. We must continue to adapt to meet the challenges created by this ‘new normal.’ Our Wildfire Safety Operations Center is designed to quickly identify and respond to potential fire risks and work safely with fire agencies to reduce or respond to the threat,” said Pat Hogan, PG&E senior vice president of Electric Operations.

The state-of-the-art Wildfire Safety Operations Center will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, primarily during wildfire season, and will be operational at other times of the year as well, depending on conditions.

It will be staffed with highly qualified individuals who are knowledgeable in electric operations, safety, engineering, meteorology and other areas. Located at PG&E’s San Francisco headquarters, its proximity to PG&E’s Emergency Operations Center will ensure close coordination across its wildfire safety operations and emergency response teams. This coordination will include the pre-staging of PG&E crews and Wildfire Response Teams to help keep customers safe.

The Wildfire Safety Operations Center will work closely with PG&E’s meteorologists who monitor weather conditions and potential fire threats. PG&E utilizes technologies including its own weather monitoring stations mounted strategically throughout its service area. The team also uses publicly available databases, websites and emergency alert systems from agencies such as CAL FIRE, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Caltrans, the Bay Area Regional Air Quality Control Board and local public safety authorities.

Center staff also will work closely with fire agencies and community partners to coordinate emergency response efforts. The center will serve as PG&E’s on-the-ground communications hub and will partner with local government, first responders, media and others to provide advance and real-time emergency response information to local communities.

California Wildfire Awareness Week

In recognition of California Wildfire Awareness Week (May 7-10), PG&E announced it will provide $2 million to local Fire Safe Councils in 23 counties for 30 projects that reduce wildfire risk and help keep communities safe. The funds will pay for fuel reduction, emergency access and defensible space projects, as well as chipper days in local communities. This is the fifth year PG&E has partnered with local councils on projects to reduce wildfire risk, providing over $13 million since 2014.

The company also will continue its daily aerial patrol program to spot and speed response to wildfires. The patrols, which will start June 1 and continue through October, will occur over hundreds of miles of PG&E’s service area to assist state and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response. The patrols will coordinate with the new Wildfire Safety Operations Center.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

PG&E Customers Eligible to Save $3,000 on a New Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that PG&E customers can save $3,000 on the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle (EV). This offer adds to existing state and federal discounts available to customers in California to help support the state’s clean transportation goal of having five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.

At any authorized Nissan dealership, interested customers can show a recent copy of their PG&E bill, a valid photo ID and the flyer with the Fleet Certification Code found here. Family members are also eligible if they prove with a driver’s license that they reside at the same address as the customer on the PG&E bill. The discount is taken off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the purchase or finance of a 2018 Nissan LEAF EV and is available through July 2, 2018.

“Electric vehicles are a critical part of creating cleaner air and meeting California’s climate goals. Making it easier for customers to adopt EVs helps drivers reduce their environmental impact while supporting our clean energy future – a win for both our customers and the state,” said Steve Malnight, PG&E Corporation’s senior vice president of Strategy and Policy.

For more information on the offer, PG&E customers can view the FAQ. Customers can contact any authorized Nissan dealership with additional questions.

Existing discounts for EVs
In addition to the discount offered by Nissan, other available incentives could further reduce the cost of a Nissan LEAF EV by approximately 50 percent. PG&E recommends customers research other discounts and incentives, including:
• Federal Tax Credit: Customers could be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. PG&E recommends customers review details closely and consult a tax accountant or Certified Public Accountant for specific information.
• California State Rebate: Customers could be eligible for an additional $2,500 off the Nissan LEAF through the California state rebate administered by the California Air Resources Board.
• PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate: PG&E residential, electric customers who are EV drivers can apply for the company’s one-time $500 Clean Fuel Rebate. The rebate is part of California’s statewide Low Carbon Fuel Standard initiative, which aims to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the adoption of clean fuels like electricity.
• PG&E customers living in certain areas such as San Joaquin Valley could be eligible for additional EV discounts.

PG&E Ongoing Support for EVs in California
Committed to increasing adoption of clean vehicles in the state, PG&E continues its efforts to make it easier for customers to make the switch to EVs. On PG&E’s residential EV rate plans, customers pay the equivalent of $1.20 per gallon to charge their vehicle overnight. Customers can learn more about EVs by viewing PG&E’s online resources and get help determining which rate plan makes sense for them.

Recently, PG&E announced that its customers can save $10,000 on the purchase of a new 2017 or 2018 BMW i3 or i3s EV through May 31, 2018. At any authorized BMW dealership, interested customers can show a recent copy of their PG&E bill and the filled out BMW customer information form found here.

Through its EV Charge Network program, PG&E aims to help accelerate the adoption of EVs in California by increasing access to charging. Partnering with business customers and EV charging companies, PG&E will install 7,500 EV chargers at condominiums, apartment buildings and workplaces across Northern and Central California, including at sites in disadvantaged communities.

To learn more about other options for EV drivers, visit pge.com/ev.

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