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PG&E Distribution Hardening

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PG&E is my local utility for both my primary residence (Livermore, California) and my other residence (Arnold, California). My primary residence has minimal risk from wildfires, but my other residence is not so lucky, as it is in a Tier 3 (Extreme) High Fire Threat District (HFTD). Thus I have an interest in the subject of this post.

PG&E’s main wildfire document is their Wildfire Mitigation Plan, a detailed document that is updated every year.

On July 26 PG&E announced a major new initiative to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) to further harden its system and help prevent wildfires.

This post will cover two areas related to the above:

  • Why PG&E feels that undergrounding the distribution lines is now viable, and
  • What their Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP) says about the subject of distribution line hardening
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Dr. Amal Khashab on Aug 20, 2021

Informative and well-organized post. Thanks.

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John Benson on Aug 21, 2021

Thanks for the positive comments.


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