On Wednesday, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced a plan to underground electric lines in areas ravaged by the deadly Camp Fire. This came after CalFire determined PG&E electric power lines caused the most destructive wildfire in California’s history.
In response, State Senator John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, calls on all electrical utility companies to extend this endeavor to other areas of the state, such as Laguna Beach. Unilaterally undergrounding after a conflagration in a high-fire risk area should become the standard operating procedure. This is all the more essential after the Senate Appropriations Committee recently refused to pass Senate Bill 584 – Wildfire Mitigation through Undergrounding of Power Lines.
“For decades, cities like Laguna Beach have been ravaged by fires caused by fallen power lines. It is time to implement this common sense solution to prevent future tragedies from happening,” said Senator Moorlach.
SB 584 would have expedited unused Rule 20A credits to assist in the undergrounding of electric lines in jurisdictions located in Tier 3 fire-threat areas. Thus giving local jurisdictions the tools to initiate undergrounding projects to help mitigate the risks of devastating fires in their communities like the Camp Fire in Paradise.
“PG&E should be praised for their leadership and example subsequent to the tragedy inflicted on the city of Paradise,” Senator Moorlach stated.
This article was released by the Office of Senator John Moorlach.