From upgrading our equipment to investing in new technologies, we are taking steps every day to protect the safety of our customers and communities. With the following actions, we can prevent wildfires before they happen, help better predict when a wildfire may occur, and respond quickly if one starts. Over time, these measures will reduce the need for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in high fire risk areas and minimize the number of affected customers.
Our 2020-22 Wildfire Mitigation Plan is an actionable, measurable, and adaptive plan to reduce the risk of potential wildfire causing ignitions associated with SCE’s electrical infrastructure in high fire risk areas to protect public safety. The multiyear plan builds on the progress we’ve made by expanding existing programs and testing new technologies. These efforts complement the state’s enhanced wildfire efforts, which include additional funding for forest management and firefighting resources.
These are a few of the ways we’re working to mitigate wildfire risks and minimize the impacts of PSPS.
In 2019, we completed inspections on all overhead transmission, distribution, and generation equipment located in high fire risk areas. Moving forward, we are annually inspecting the highest risk structures identified by our advanced risk model using ground and aerial inspections. For aerial inspections, we’re using drones and helicopters with infrared technology, which picks up heat signatures that indicate damaged equipment.
We’re installing new or improved devices and technologies to reduce the likelihood that our electrical system will be the source of an ignition. These measures are also part of our concerted efforts to minimize the number of impacted customers during a PSPS.
- Covered Conductors: 850+ miles installed, 1,200+ miles by end of 2020
- Fire Resistant Poles: 3,200+ poles installed, 6,600+ poles by end of 2020
- Protective Sectionalizing Devices: 11,000+ devices installed, and 12,000+ devices by end of 2020
Monitoring conditions is one of the many ways we can better predict wildfire risks and follow real-time weather conditions. By expanding the number of weather stations installed, we are able to further refine our weather forecasting and modeling capabilities. These enhanced capabilities and additional sectionalizing devices allow for more targeted PSPS events, minimizing the number of people affected.
- Weather Stations: 850+ installed by the end of 2020
- Wildfire Cameras: 161 cameras installed thoroughly covering high fire risk areas
We’re continuing our efforts to inspect, trim, and remove trees to prevent vegetation from coming into contact with electrical equipment and potentially sparking a fire. Tall trees that have potential to fall into power lines beyond our standard pruning zones are also assessed.
- Inspect 1.1 million trees annually, including more than 500,000 trees in high fire risk areas, and prune nearly 750,000 of these trees
We’re providing backup generation and battery solutions to prepare our customers and communities for potential emergencies and outages. These programs and services will help minimize the impact of PSPS, especially for our most vulnerable communities.
- No-cost backup battery and solar panel for income-qualified customers who rely on medical equipment for life-support purposes and live in a high fire risk area
- Rebates on portable power stations, generators, and battery storage
- Temporary backup generation for essential services such as pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations, in rural communities during PSPS
As we continue to make progress with our mitigation efforts, some of our customers in high fire risk areas may still experience PSPS during potentially dangerous weather and fuel conditions. During these events, we may temporarily shut off your power to reduce the threat of wildfires.
We offer programs and resources to help you prepare for outages and other emergencies. You may be eligible for rebates or incentives for portable backup battery solutions, home solar installation, or battery storage solutions.