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PG&E Announces Enhanced Wildfire Prevention and Safety Efforts Including Expanded Inspections; Additional Support for Camp Fire Victims and Their Families

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it will be
implementing a series of additional precautionary measures intended to
further decrease wildfire threats in communities that are at higher risk
of wildfires, as well as additional support for its customers and their
families impacted by the Camp Fire in Butte County. The actions that
PG&E announced include:

  • Implementing a series of additional safety measures, including
    expanded inspections and other safety precautions intended to further
    reduce wildfire threats throughout its service area;
  • Appointing an officer-level PG&E leader with the responsibility and
    accountability to oversee the longer-term rebuilding efforts in the
    fire-impacted area in Butte County.

“The families impacted by Camp Fire are our customers, our neighbors,
and our friends, and our hearts go out to those who have lost so much.
We are committed to supporting them through the recovery and rebuilding
process and helping protect all of the customers we serve from the
ever-increasing threat of wildfires,” said Geisha Williams, PG&E
Corporation CEO and President.

Additional Rebuilding Steps: Support for Those Affected by the Camp

PG&E has appointed Aaron Johnson, currently vice president, Electric
Operations, as the company’s rebuilding officer to lead local community
restoration efforts. The rebuilding officer will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating with state and local officials to determine how to best
    modernize and rebuild the energy infrastructure across the impacted
  • Partnering with the local community to provide additional resources
    such as housing and support services;
  • Working with local leaders to identify and provide assistance to local
    philanthropic groups; and
  • Being accountable to ensure customer questions and concerns are being
    effectively addressed.

“Aaron has the expertise and experience to lead our on-the-ground
response efforts as we continue our efforts to help our customers and
their communities recover and start to rebuild,” Williams said.

Additional Safety and Operational Enhancements

PG&E will be expanding and enhancing its system-wide Community Wildfire
Safety Program (CWSP), which was implemented following the 2017
wildfires as an additional set of precautionary measures intended to
further reduce wildfire threats. These new safety and operational
actions and enhancements are designed to enhance current safety
measures, as well as further inspect and harden the electric system.

“As Californians, we are all faced with the devastating realities of
extreme weather and the growing wildfire threat. In recent years, we’ve
made significant changes and additions to our business to combat these
weather events, but the climate is changing faster. All of us at PG&E
are determined to enact additional safety measures and initiatives that
will help further reduce the risk of wildfires and keep customers and
communities safe,” Williams said. “We are acting decisively now to
address these real and growing threats, and we are committed to working
together with our regulators, state leaders and customers to consider
what additional wildfire safety efforts we can all take to make our
communities safer.”

Among the safety actions PG&E is taking to address the growing wildfire
threat include:

  • Detailed and Enhanced Inspections of Electric
    Infrastructure: Conducting detailed safety inspections
    of more than 5,500 miles of transmission lines (consisting of
    approximately 50,000 transmission poles and towers in high fire-threat
    areas), in addition to routine inspections and maintenance. PG&E has
    already inspected approximately 350 miles of transmission lines in the
    past several weeks. This includes ground and climbing inspections, as
    well as aerial imagery captured by drones and in some cases,
    helicopter, to further complement and enhance visual inspections. If
    any issues are identified as a potential risk to public safety, PG&E
    will take action to address them right away. PG&E also plans to begin
    similar inspections of its distribution lines in high fire-threat
    areas in early 2019.
  • Enhanced Vegetation Management: As
    shared in early November and a part of the company’s 2020 General Rate
    Case, addressing vegetation that poses a higher potential for
    wildfire risk, such as overhanging branches and limbs directly above
    and around power lines, and trees that are at an increased risk of
    falling into lines as well as dead and dying trees.
  • More Real-Time Monitoring and Intelligence:
    As shared in early November and a part of the company’s 2020
    General Rate Case, expanding PG&E’s weather station network to
    enhance weather forecasting and modeling. By 2022, PG&E will add
    approximately 1,300 new weather stations, a density of one station
    roughly every 20 miles in the high fire-risk areas. In addition, PG&E
    plans to install nearly 600 new, high definition cameras in high
    fire-threat areas by 2022, increasing coverage across high fire-risk
    areas to more than 90 percent.

More information on the Community Wildfire Safety Program is available
at www.pge.com/wildfiresafety.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
(NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San
Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of
the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.


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