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Apr 13

PG&E focuses on wildfire mitigation projects during COVID-19

Posted on April 13, 2020 at 4:21 pm by Nicole Acker

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued a press release outlining their focused and engaged efforts on essential projects to provide continuity of service as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. For the safety of its customers and communities, these essential projects involve maintaining, repairing and upgrading the safety and reliability of its gas and electric infrastructure as well as key wildfire mitigations. 

The California and San Mateo county stay-at-home orders currently remain in effect and has been extended in key areas until May 3. The order exempts essential workers in critical infrastructure sectors, including energy companies like PG&E. 

PG&E will continue performing electric work consistent with the Governor’s priorities for essential services and for the safety of customers and communities, including:
  • Emergency response to restore electric service;
  • Work to further the preparedness for Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events as directed by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), CAL FIRE and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC);
  • Critical maintenance; and
  • Work associated with our Wildfire Mitigation Plan.
PG&E electric crews also will proceed with new business work to support residential projects with residents ready to move in; new business projects related to medical facilities, agencies, labs, manufacturers or businesses supporting COVID-19 response; new business projects in support of homeless shelters, elder-care facilities, grocery stores and restaurants providing take-out service. PG&E’s gas operations likewise will continue conducting essential work to support its ongoing commitment to safely and reliably deliver natural gas to customers. 

Certain PG&E work outside the scope of essential work is being delayed in order to maintain the reserve workforce and effectiveness that will be necessary to maintain reliable service for as long as the COVID pandemic continues to unfold. This includes work that can either be delayed for a short period or does not have an immediate impact on system safety or reliability.

For more information visit PG&E's COVID-19 webpage.
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