CSAC Bulletin Article

PG&E’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan 2023

June 8, 2023

CSAC, in collaboration with RCRC, has been meeting with PG&E on a regular basis to receive updates on their strategies to mitigate service disruptions to customers. These meetings bring together key PG&E  staff to hear what counties are experiencing locally, and discuss plans to address issues.

In May, PG&E provided a presentation of their over 2023 Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP). This 809-page report was required by legislation and outlines PG&E’s plans and initiatives including:

  • Undergrounding of transmission lines
  • Vegetation management
  • Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS)
  • System hardening
  • Downed conductor detection
  • Partial voltage detection capabilities
  • Inspection and repair efforts
  • Situational awareness improvements
  • Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)

 The goals PG&E aims to achieve in the next couple of years are:

  • Construct, maintain, and operate electrical lines and equipment in a manner that will minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfire;
  • Thoroughly assess wildfire risk, develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce ignitions, and ensure the reliability of the electric systems;
  • Implement mitigations designed to minimize the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires; and
  • Implement programs to limit customer disruption from wildfire mitigation efforts.

PG&E has identified areas of high fire threats and risks and estimates that approximately 1.4 million people across the state live in these areas. PG&E plans to engage customers further through surveys and by hosting regional meetings to discuss their upcoming initiatives to meet the goals outlined in their WMP plan.


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