image credit: Pexels

PG&E, other California utilities file plans to invest billions in wildfire mitigation through 2022

February 10, 2020

Wildfire mitigation has become a particular focus for California’s utilities, following destructive fires caused by their power lines in the last three years, which eventually pushed Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) into bankruptcy.

PG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and SCE last filed wildfire mitigation plans with the CPUC in February 2019, and the latest round of filings lay out strategies from 2020 through 2022. The utilities have very different service territories in terms of topography and vegetation, and that informs the specifics of their programs, according to Herrington. One commonality, however, is a focus on reducing the impact of public safety power shut-offs (PSPS), which utilities use to reduce the potential for wildfires during risky weather conditions.

Read More on Utility Dive