We live and work in your neighborhoods and are committed to the safety of our communities. When responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, droughts or earthquakes, we will work hard to manage vegetation and power lines to provide for you and your family's safety. As your partners we sponsor community events and provide ongoing safety education about trees and power line safety.
Following the State of Emergency Proclamation, declared in 2014 by Governor Brown, and a California Public Utility Commission Resolution to take remedial measures to reduce the likelihood of fires, PG&E contributed approximately $7.7 million toward community-based fire risk reduction with CAL FIRE and Fire Safe Councils to help ensure the public's safety.
Our drought response goal is to protect life and property at risk from wildfires while also preventing electrical outages.
In 2015, we contributed an additional $2 million continuing our work of reducing drought impacts and tree mortality due to bark beetle infestation. Our 2015 work included:
The prolonged and severe drought has produced tens of millions of dead trees in California. The effects of the drought will continue even with the normal rainfall in 2016 and beyond. Visit pge.com/treesanddrought.
As record drought conditions intensify the millions of dying trees and bark beetle infestation across California, we will continue to partner with CAL FIRE and local Safety Councils providing funds to help prevent wildfires within your community.
Our 2016 drought work to reduce the potential for wildfire includes:
An expanded debris and wood management is now available for qualifying customers in the following counties: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Madera, Placer, Tulare and Tuolumne. In all other counties PG&E will consider wood and debris management on a case-by-case basis.
Tree Line USA Utility
PG&E achieved the Tree Line USA recognition due to our sustained efforts and commitment to proper tree care, tree service and vegetation maintenance objectives. We also have trained our workers in quality tree-care practices, educated the public about planting for energy conservation and helped customers plant appropriately near utility lines.
PG&E has officially been accredited as a “Right-of-Way Steward Utility Founder.” This Achievement demonstrates excellence in integrated vegetation management within electric transmission right-of-way corridors. PG&E was identified as an industry leader and founder. We earned this designation by having rigorous vegetation standards in our compliance with laws, standards and best practices, community relations and planning of sustainable environmental based activities that follow a core set of principles for excellence.