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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/07/2020 07:24 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/07/2020 07:24 PM
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PG&E’s 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Plan Expands, Enhances Community Wildfire Safety Program, Reduces Impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoffs

San Francisco, CA...As part of its ongoing efforts to further reduce wildfire risks and keep customers and the communities it serves safe, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today submitted its 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Plan to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The plan expands and enhances the company’s comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program designed to address the growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires across its service area.

The 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Plan will continue expanded key safety work including:

  • New grid technology;
  • Hardening of the electric system;
  • Accelerated inspections of electric infrastructure;
  • Enhanced vegetation management around power lines; and
  • Real-time monitoring and situational awareness tools to better understand how severe weather can impact PG&E’s system.

“Our state is faced with an extended and more dangerous wildfire season that demands additional urgent action and coordination across many stakeholder groups to reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Michael Lewis, Senior Vice President, Electric Operations. “The wildfire safety actions and programs described in our 2020 plan detail the company’s unwavering efforts to improve public safety and further reduce wildfire risk.”

Reducing the Customer Impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoffs

PG&E’s 2020 plan includes changes to make Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events smaller in scope and shorter in duration and to lessen the overall impacts of shutoffs while working to keep customers and communities safe during times of severe weather and high wildfire risk.

Efforts this year to reduce the impact of PSPS events on customers include:

  • Installing 592 automated sectionalizing devices on distribution lines with the aim of reducing the number of communities without power during a PSPS event;
  • Adding 23 transmission switches capable of redirecting power and keeping substations and transmission lines energized in some areas during a PSPS event;
  • Working with local communities to operationalize additional microgrids that will allow customers and essential community services to stay energized during a PSPS event;
  • Expanding PG&E’s ability to provide backup power to some critical service providers, such as major transportation thoroughfares, water systems, medical centers and fire departments;
  • Enhancing meteorology technology for more precise PSPS events;
  • Nearly doubling PG&E’s helicopter fleet from 35 to 65 to patrol lines after a weather event has passed;
  • Using two fixed-wing aircrafts with infrared cameras capable of inspecting transmission lines at night;
  • Deploying additional field crews to patrol, inspect and repair power lines after a weather event has passed;
  • Working closely with local, state and tribal officials to better coordinate for PSPS events;
  • Bolstering PG&E’s website and call center resources and continuing to make improvements to information and resources available;
  • Improving customer notifications about when power will be shut off for safety and when customers can expect it to be restored;
  • Working with local communities to improve the locations, availability and resources provided at Community Resource Centers; and
  • Hosting a series of information open houses and webinars to provide information to customers and communities about systematic improvements and PSPS preparedness.

“We know how much our customers rely on electric service. Proactively turning off power disrupts lives and presents its own safety risks, which need to be carefully considered and addressed,” said Debbie Powell, Vice President, Asset & Risk Management, Community Wildfire Safety Program. “Turning off power for safety is not how we strive to serve our customers, and we are committed to reducing the impacts without compromising safety.”

Reducing Potential Ignitions

California faces an increasing threat from catastrophic wildfires, severe weather and higher temperatures, and recent state and federal climate assessments warn the threat is only growing. In 2012, just 15 percent of PG&E’s service area was designated by the CPUC as having an elevated wildfire risk. Today, it’s more than 50 percent.

Multiple factors contribute to wildfire risk and an extended fire season across PG&E’s service area. Prolonged periods of high temperatures, extreme dryness, tinder-dry grass and record-high winds combined with vast tree mortality following a historic five-year drought are increasing the number of wildfires and making them more dangerous.

PG&E’s 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Plan describes forecasted work and investments that will be executed this year to help further reduce the potential for wildfire ignitions associated with its electrical equipment in high fire-threat areas.

The plan addresses an array of wildfire risk factors through new and ongoing measures. Among the safety steps and actions to be taken this year include:

  • Pruning or removing more than 1 million trees to keep them away from power lines;
  • Installing more than 240 miles of stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines, along with targeted undergrounding;
  • Adding approximately 400 new weather stations this year, which will keep PG&E on track to add a total of 1,300 new weather stations by 2021, a density of one station roughly every 20 circuit-miles in the high fire-risk areas;
  • Installing nearly 200 new, high-definition cameras in high fire-threat areas, which will keep PG&E on track to add a total of 600 by 2022, increasing coverage across high fire-risk areas to more than 90 percent of its service area; and
  • Coordinating prevention and response efforts by monitoring wildfire risks in real time from the Wildfire Safety Operations Center.

Building Upon Completed Work in 2019

PG&E has completed or is implementing these important safety enhancements and investments to help keep its customers and communities safe. Some of the actions taken in 2019 included:

  • Cleared vegetation around thousands of miles of power line via Enhanced Vegetation Management work: Work to keep trees away from power lines continued as PG&E crews and contractors pruned or removed trees with a higher potential for wildfire risk along approximately 2,498 miles of distribution lines, topping the 2019 goal of 2,455 miles.
  • Made the electric system stronger and more resilient: PG&E installed stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines on 171 circuit miles, 21 more miles than the goal of 150 miles. Over the next 12 to 14 years, approximately 7,100 miles will be hardened in high fire-threat areas.
  • Added new tech to Wildfire Safety Operations Center: The 24/7 command center for PG&E’s wildfire monitoring and response opened in 2018 and enables better coordination and communication with field personnel and the addition of using satellites for spotting fire starts.
  • Completed unprecedented wildfire safety inspections: PG&E has completed 100 percent of visual inspections and aerial inspections of nearly 50,000 transmission structures, nearly 700,000 distribution poles and 222 substations in high fire-risk areas.
  • Installed hundreds more weather stations: PG&E installed 426 weather stations, 26 more than the goal of 400.
  • Turned on more high-definition cameras: An effective tool for early spotting of wildfires and monitoring real-time conditions, 133 high-definition cameras were installed in 2019, 37 more than the goal for the year.
  • Utilized temporary microgrids: In 2019, PG&E safely readied and operated four temporary microgrids to energize more than 4,800 customers during the October and November PSPS events in portions of Angwin, Calistoga, Grass Valley and Placerville.

Open and Transparent Public Process

PG&E’s 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Plan is subject to public review and approval by the CPUC. PG&E strongly supports and encourages its customers and communities to provide feedback and participate in this important public process.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the beliefs, expectations, estimates, future plans and strategies of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (the “Utility”), including but not limited to the Utility’s 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Plan. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, which management believes are reasonable, and on information currently available to management, but are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties. In addition to the risk that these assumptions prove to be inaccurate, factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements include factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation and the Utility’s joint Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, their joint Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019, and their subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, those associated with the Chapter 11 cases of PG&E Corporation and the Utility that commenced on January 29, 2019. PG&E Corporation and the Utility undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.


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 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

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Fire em all
Posted on: 2020-02-08 05:08:49   By: Anonymous

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    Re: Fire em all
    Posted on: 2020-02-08 07:40:24   By: Anonymous
    Yes there is INCOMPETENCE AT THE TOP , his name is Gavin !!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-08 08:53:24   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2020-02-08 08:54:01   By: Anonymous

    PG&E SUCKS!!

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    Posted on: 2020-02-08 09:03:32   By: Anonymous
    Your response is offensive

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      Posted on: 2020-02-08 09:32:50   By: Anonymous


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    Posted on: 2020-02-08 10:47:35   By: Anonymous
    I like the employees myself, especially the field workers who are the ones trying to restore the power or repairing problems. Could you imagine if they were anything like AT&T field workers? Ever lose your landline? They tell you it will be two to three weeks before they can get to restore it. When's the last time you saw an AT&T worker in the field cut a branch off their lines? When was the last time that you saw a telephone pole (with just phone lines on it) that was damaged and AT&T fixed it or replaced it within FOUR MONTHS of it being damaged?
    That's right, so don't hate the guy who actually is's management

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      Posted on: 2020-02-08 12:37:24   By: Anonymous
      If they had any integrity they would work elsewhere. To knowingly put yourself and family under scrutiny and scorn is an unwise decision. Moral character should be suspect.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-08 10:28:17   By: Anonymous
Dennis Mills is a bankrupt, corrupt, fear-mongering carpet bagger

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    Posted on: 2020-02-08 12:39:13   By: Anonymous
    ^ Nincompoop alert.

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    Re: /\/\ fear mongering carpet bagger
    Posted on: 2020-02-10 13:39:22   By: Anonymous
    I highly commend Dennis Mills for reporting the damaging of that sign for Amanda in Copperopolis (I believe?). It sounds like it was an overnight stunt and probably by kids whose parents weren't watching them or not giving a damn-go play out on the freeway that sort of thing! Dennis shows good sportsmanship and knows about fair play. He is a TRUE human and shows that he really cares for people and cares for our county! Kudos to you for doing that Dennis!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-08 11:04:09   By: Anonymous
You better pray Gavin never gets hold of PGE, he can't even take care of the homeless, the government of California is bankrupt, controlled by Libtard's that are so out of touch!

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    Toilet paper
    Posted on: 2020-02-08 12:10:28   By: Anonymous
    Gavin was handing out free toilet paper to the homeless as they crapped on a San Francisco street , what a Governor !

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      Re: Toilet paper
      Posted on: 2020-02-09 08:03:09   By: Anonymous
      Maybe if Gavin takes over PG&E you whinylittle bitches always complaing about California will leave. Love it or leave it. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Grow a pair. All of the usual sayings concerning pusies who can'
      t handle it. If you can't handle California move to Iowa bich.

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        "Grow a pair".
        Posted on: 2020-02-10 08:39:10   By: Anonymous
        Seriously?? Kalifonians are the completely SPINELESS! Go ahead let a hopeless LOSER run your worthless state to the ground!

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      Re: Toilet paper
      Posted on: 2020-02-09 16:35:14   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-08 11:07:21   By: Anonymous
I think the most amusing thing about attacking PGE is that the state thinks they can take it over and do better! What a joke!

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    Posted on: 2020-02-09 16:37:09   By: Anonymous

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Bought Stock in PG&E
Posted on: 2020-02-08 12:03:03   By: Anonymous
Well I’m glad I invested when it was at an all time low. All of its infrastructure and reshaping is based on price hikes and is now on the back of all of PG&E customers that have no choice in power or gas in areas because it’s privatized.

The end result is investors and shares, all of the money you spend, it’s going to investors and stock, with a slow 10 year concept of reshaping, replacement, and upgrades- all on consumer pricing. Investors win, PG&E customers lose.

End Game

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    Re: Bought Stock in PG&E
    Posted on: 2020-02-08 12:44:17   By: Anonymous
    And each day more and more get off grid and go solar, wind and their own power generation.Those without money to do so, will soon not be able to afford the rates to uphold your stock. Enjoy it while you can............

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      Re: Bought Stock in PG&E
      Posted on: 2020-02-08 14:04:50   By: Anonymous
      Didn’t our President say windmills cause cancer? Anyhow, when you go off the grid, companies like PG&E make the price (monthly) even higher for the remaining customers because of their (PG&E’s) loss.

      So for the price and availability of going off grid (for those that can afford to do so) may benefit your own house and or property, the remainder is still a price hike because of their so slightly dwindling customers. Like I said, glad I bought stock, this company is a mountain and it still looks down on the hills, most cannot afford that kind of plan for their homes. And rentals will be in even more financial peril unless their landlords choose to install panels.

      Even then, unless you have enough solar energy and a large battery backup system, your bill will only benefit your home. Others on the grid will suffer higher costs as more homes install panels.

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        Republicans -Anti Green Power- Life
        Posted on: 2020-02-08 19:27:14   By: Anonymous
        tRump- Go coal F the planet.
        Republicans- F the future, fossil power makes $.
        How sociopathic, a suicide mission. F the next generation.
        Make the $, F our kids, grand kids. $ rules over all else.

        PG&E has shown over and over it does not care to repair it's infrastructural.
        Those who try to explain away their blindness to what needs done to protect our communities is a study of the Republican mind..
        Protect the corporation above all else.

        What is wrong with so many people?, whether in this issue, or the trashing of our Constitution and justice system.

        What has happened to you people?

        PG&E in the case of the Camp fire (Paradise) AND the Kincaide fire this Fall both were avoidable. The Camp fire problem was called in the day before, PG&E did nothing- Arcing of a high tension tower was called in- nothing no response.
        The Kincade fire the same, there is a video of the arcing tower just before the fire started. PG&E knew of the tower problem in April, yet no repair performed.

        This is criminal . PG&E with it's profits over people, mentality, must be shut down, and a caring model for the future.

        All you pro corporate Republicans are lost morally. You chose $ over lives and communities. Sad.

        Sad sorry pitiful sociopaths. Only see $ .


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          Re: Republicans -Anti Green Power- Life
          Posted on: 2020-02-09 10:22:34   By: Anonymous
          SMUD is citizen owned as Newsome's plan would be.
          Smud is one of the best operated utilities in America. It gets a high reliability rating also.
          It's rates are among the lowest in America.
          The Municipal utility model works well, in the case of PG&E the MPA-Municipal Power Authority is a much better choice.

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