- Jul 22, 2021 9:01 pm GMT
“It’s too expensive NOT
TO DO IT” says new PG&E CEO Patti Pope about the $15-30B PG&E will spend to strategically underground about 10% of their system.
But….costs are coming down. https://lnkd.in/g9xKZEQ
From the Press Release “Thanks to breakthroughs PG&E has achieved on undergrounding projects in recent years, undergrounding can now play a much more prominent role in PG&E's ongoing efforts to harden the electric grid.”
Implementing new planning systems and strategies and using new materials and equipment to make undergrounding more cost effective.
Building strong partnerships with material suppliers and contractors
Partnering with natural gas projects and phone and internet providers to joint trench where possible
Using new technology and construction methods to increase trench production
Bundling work into larger blocks for economies of scale
Testing new cable and conduit materials to accelerate undergrounding work processes.
This a huge announcement and many other utilities will follow the PG&E lead. Impressive news for our industry.
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