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PG&E's Wildfire Mitigation Plan R 5



Hi DMFSC Neighbors,


If interested, please check out PG&E's 2023-2025 Wildfire Mitigation Plan. It is a 1,600 page document but the 10 page Executive Summary is more digestible.


 

Here is the introduction:


"Our stand is that catastrophic wildfires shall stop. In 2022, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continued to reduce wildfire ignition risk through our 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP) initiatives, such as Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) and undergrounding. We also reduced the customer impacts of programs such as EPSS. Our 2023 WMP builds on the work we have done to reduce wildfire risk by incorporating more mitigation work that targets the highest risk -informed areas of our system using existing mitigations measures and innovative technologies. Our plan also includes more community engagement opportunities that will facilitate reducing community impacts from mitigation work and safety outages. Over the last several years, we have developed an integrated strategy to manage and reduce ignition risk. First, we have deployed a suite of Comprehensive Monitoring and Data Collection programs, such as wildfire cameras and asset inspections designed to provide insight into changing environmental hazards around our assets. These programs provide continuous monitoring capability that we use to decide what mitigations to deploy and where and when to deploy them. Second, our integrated strategy also includes Operational Mitigations—like EPSS and Downed Conductor Detection—that provide on-going risk reduction and influence how we manage the environment around the electric grid. Operational mitigations also include initiatives we undertake to support customers before, during, and after wildfire events. Third, we are deploying System Resilience mitigations such as our 10,000-mile distribution undergrounding program and our transmission line removal work to reduce ignition risk by changing how our grid is constructed and operated. Finally, in addition to our mitigation initiatives, we regularly engage with our customers and communities to address issues related to wildfire preparation, ongoing safety work, and other public safety and preparedness issues. Our strategies and programs are working. As we explain more below, in 2022, we significantly reduced California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)-reportable ignitions in the High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) and High Fire Risk Areas (HFRA) throughout our service area. We plan to continue these efforts in 2023 through EPSS, our undergrounding program, integrating more sophisticated risk-informed decision making into our risk management and mitigation planning, addressing vegetation risk on a more efficient, risk-informed basis, and ensuring that our public safety partners and customers are well prepared for Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. Our 2023 WMP reflects feedback from stakeholders including our customers, public safety partners, the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety (Energy Safety), the CPUC, the Independent Safety Monitor, the Governor’s Operational Observer, Community-Based Organizations, and the communities they serve, tribal governments, municipalities, and other engaged stakeholders."






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