We're regularly conducting safety inspections of our electric infrastructure

Our updated System Inspections Program evaluates our electric infrastructure on an ongoing basis. We're finding and fixing potential risks to the safety and reliability of our system.

PG&E's most important responsibility is the safety of our customers and the communities we serve. Through the System Inspections Program, PG&E is conducting safety inspections of distribution, transmission and substation equipment throughout our service territory. We are prioritizing work in areas of extreme (Tier 3) and elevated (Tier 2) wildfire risk as defined by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) High Fire-Threat District Map.

What to expect

You may see PG&E crews, contractors, helicopters or drones conducting these safety inspections of electric infrastructure in your neighborhood. This work may include:

  • Ground inspections of electric poles.
  • Ground or climbing inspections of transmission structures.
  • In some cases, aerial inspections conducted by helicopter or drone.

Our inspectors are looking at all components of our assets, including cross-arms, insulators and footings, along with critical electrical components and equipment. We document our inspection findings through high-resolution images, which are reviewed by dedicated teams experienced in system maintenance, engineering and maintenance planning to evaluate identified conditions.

All of the highest-priority conditions found through inspections will be promptly repaired or made safe. Repairs for all other conditions will be scheduled for completion as part of our routine work execution plan.

Continuing in 2020, we are accelerating our inspection cycles beyond compliance regulations to align with wildfire risk. Electric infrastructure in Tier 3 and Tier 2 areas will be evaluated more frequently, while infrastructure in non-high fire-threat areas will be inspected at least every six years.

In 2020, we plan to inspect more than 15,000 miles of electric lines. We will inspect all lines in Tier 3 areas and one-third of all lines in Tier 2 areas. We are also planning to inspect additional line miles in non-high fire-threat areas.

When inspections will take place in your neighborhood

The timing of each inspection in 2020 will depend on weather, access and other factors.

WATCH: Drones Get a Bird’s-Eye View of Transmission Towers

Last year, we completed accelerated safety inspections through the Wildfire Safety Inspection Program. More than 2,000 PG&E employees and contractors conducted these accelerated safety inspections of electric towers, poles, substations and transmission and distribution lines in high fire-threat areas.

By the end of 2019, PG&E completed inspections of all the approximately 700,000 distribution poles, 50,000 electric transmission structures and 222 substations, covering more than 5,500 miles of transmission line and more than 25,000 miles of distribution line.

All of the highest-priority conditions found through the 2019 inspections in distribution, substation, and transmission structures have been repaired or made safe. Repairs for all other conditions are scheduled for completion as part of PG&E’s routine work execution plan.

2019 Wildfire Safety Inspection Program inspections and repairs results

We want our customers to be completely informed about the work that we conducted in the communities we serve. The final results of the accelerated inspections and high-priority repairs, including the geocoordinates of the structures with high-priority repairs, are available for download below:

Additionally, we have provided a summary of the program status through May 31, 2019, of the highest-priority inspections and repairs to the CPUC. The summary, which includes photographs of sample "A" and "B" conditions, is available for download below:

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2019 Wildfire Safety Inspection Program