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PG&Eโ€™s plan to bury power lines and prevent wildfires

acific Gas & Electric โ€” one of the nationโ€™s largest utilities whose equipment has sparked some of Californiaโ€™s deadliest wildfires โ€” wants to bury power lines in some of its most at-risk areas to prevent destructive blazes like the 2018 Paradise fire that killed 85 people.
But state regulators are balking at the utilityโ€™s plan because it would take too long and cost $5.9 billion. The companyโ€™s customers โ€” who already have some of the highest rates in the country โ€” would have to pay for it. Regulators want PG&E to put a protective cover over many of its overhead power lines instead of burying them. The cover approach is cheaper, but riskier. PG&E says burying a power line reduces the chance it will start a wildfire by 99% because it canโ€™t be blown down by wind storms. The protective cover, which would better insulate the power line should it fall to the ground, would reduce that chance by 62%. โ€œWeโ€™re not going to live with 35% risk,โ€ said PG&E CEO Patti Poppe, who was rounding down in her assessment. โ€œWho wants to get on a plane that has a 35% chance of crashing?โ€
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  • Videlis Eddie

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    this is a true definition of planet over profit...its a bold and necessary move

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    • Gorffly mokua

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      This is great intervention. Kudos๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

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        These are great plans

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        • CHRIS NGATIA

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          Great preventive measures

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          • Rashid Kamau

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            Superb! We should not leave any single gap in matter wildfires mitigation.

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            • Princess

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              This is a proactive and commendable approach to improving public safety and reducing the risk of devastating wildfires.

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              • rosebellendiritu

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                Preventive measures are paramount

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