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.