Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E, NYSE:PCG) will break ground on a new 37,000-square-foot electric distribution grid control center in Concord that will enhance electric reliability for PG&E customers by incorporating smart grid technology into the new facility. The event will take place Friday, April 26th, at 11:00 a.m., adjacent to its customer service center located at 1030 Detroit Ave, Concord 94518.
Presenter include: Geisha Williams, Executive Vice President of Electric Operations, PG&E, Concord Mayor Dan Helix, and Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. Architectural renderings will be available as well as a presentation of a generous donation from PG&E to the Concord Police Officers Association.
Over the next year, approximately 250 construction workers will build the new facility, providing an economic boost to Concord. Once completed in 2014, approximately 90 electric distribution operators will work out of the new facility.
The construction of this new electric distribution control center is part of PG&E’s ongoing commitment to upgrade and modernize its overall operations in order to provide customers with the safest and most reliable electric service possible.
Distribution operators monitor more than 141,000 circuit miles of electric distribution lines—the lines that deliver electricity to individual homes and businesses. When completed, the new control center in Concord will house new, state-of-the-art smart grid technology for operators who are responsible for controlling one half of PG&E’s service area.
PG&E continues to make significant progress in electric reliability that benefits customers throughout its service area. In the first quarter of 2013, PG&E delivered its best service reliability performance ever—with customers experiencing the fewest outages and the fastest restoration in the company’s history.