PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program
What PG&E is Doing to Reduce Wildfire Risks and Improve Public Safety Power Shutoffs
Here is what PG&E is doing to reduce wildfire risks across our system:
Installing real-time weather monitoring technology so we can better understand how severe weather can impact our system and proactively respond to potential threats. Adding advanced weather stations this year. Installing high-definition cameras in high fire-threat areas. Coordinating prevention and response efforts in real time from our Wildfire Safety Operations Center (WSOC). New and enhanced safety measures to reduce wildfire threats. Pruning or removing over 1 million trees to maintain clearance from power lines. Inspecting thousands of miles of power lines in high fire-threat areas and making any necessary repairs. Making the system stronger and more resilient. Hardening hundreds of miles of our infrastructure with stronger poles, covered power lines, and targeted undergrounding.
PG&E is also improving Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), a statewide effort to prevent wildfires by proactively turning off power to communities when severe weather is forecast.
Installing sectionalizing devices capable of redirecting power and limiting the size of outages so fewer communities are without power. Installing microgrids that use generators to keep the lights on for whole communities. Conducting targeted undergrounding as part of system hardening. Improving our weather monitoring technology and installing new weather stations to more precisely predict the need for and timing of PSPS events. Improving customer alerts with earlier estimates of restoration timing. Upgrading Community Resources Centers (CRC) so that customers without power have a place to go for charging and other basic needs. Establishing a new collaborative working approach with cities, counties, tribes and critical service providers. Bolstering website capacity. Partnering with community-based organizations to provide resources for vulnerable customers and conduct outreach. Expanding in-language communications.