California Public Utilities Commission, San Diego, California discussed on Forum

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Email forum at kick USD dot org, or go to our website and post any questions or comments there, you dot org slash forum or tweet us. Our Twitter handle is at forum. This is a comprehensive community wildfire safety program. The PGA is talking about getting well all the utilities all the electrical utilities in the state have been required under a Bill passed by the legislature last year to file wildfire mitigation plans with the California Public utilities commission and the three. Big investor owned utilities PGA Southern California, Edison, and San Diego gas and electric have all filed those, those were originally filed in, in February, and they've been refined some since then, and the CPU see itself is supposed to give it sign off to those later this month. So yes, those plans involve everything from what the companies are calling situational awareness, creating weather, networks and other means of detecting wildfires early to what they call public safety power shut offs, which would be preemptively, cutting power. To certain communities went in, in periods of extremely high fire danger. That's something by the way, that San Diego gas and electric started more than ten years ago and apparently has been very successful in heading off catastrophic fires of PG, any and Southern California Edison did it last year for the first time and have promised expanded shut offs this year if there's really dangerous conditions. Well, we may have some blackouts this summer. Well, that's, that's what could happen with these with these power shut off. So PG and he had a very limited program last year, and they changed that in, in response largely to the circumstances around the campfire the transmission line that was involved. There is a one hundred fifteen kilovolt line called the caribou Palermo power line and. PG and he didn't turn it off even though there were red flag fire conditions and their weather stations in the area showed, you know, very gusty winds extremely low humidity and high temperatures and so they were classic very dangerous fire conditions, but PG, and he didn't turn off the lines. Why is policy was not to turn off these major transmission lines because it requires more coordination and infects a wider area now this year PG and he says, all of its territory, all of its territory, five point four million customers, that would include right here in the bay area could be affected by power shut offs this year. Again, Becky with us in studio, and Frank with a son phones, fine. Join us you're on the air. Good morning..

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