System hardening is how we describe upgrading electric equipment to be stronger in severe weather and reduce wildfire risk.
Based on wildfire risk, location, terrain and other factors, this work may include one or more of the following:
- Undergrounding powerlines in high fire-risk areas
- Replacing bare powerlines with covered powerlines
- Installing stronger poles
- Installing more poles to support the weight of covered powerlines
- Removing overhead lines when possible, such as when a remote grid has been installed
What to expect
We appreciate your partnership as we work to upgrade our electric system and want you to be informed at every step in the process.
If a project is planned in your community:
- Trees or shrubs may need to be cut down or trimmed to safely complete work or make room for new equipment.
- Customers in or near the work area will receive notification prior to work beginning.
- PG&E and contractor crews will always carry identification.
- Crew vehicles and large construction equipment may be in your neighborhood. Traffic control and noise reducing measures will be in place.
- It may be necessary to shut off power to safely complete work. Customers will receive advance notice.
- You may experience road closures, traffic delays or construction noise. Cranes and/or helicopters may also be required to complete projects.
- Because we are focused on removing the higher-risk primary distribution lines, customers will continue to see other equipment overhead. This includes poles, telecommunication lines or powerlines connecting to individual homes or businesses.