Proposed Changes to California Power Line Safety Regulations

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The 2008-2011 rulemaking instituted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is intended to make changes to current California regulations in order to reduce the likelihood of power line fire ignitions in hazard areas. Several rules were introduced by MGRA including:

  • Ensuring that utilities have contingency plans in place for extreme Santa Ana events.
  • Requiring that utilities collect data on power line fire ignitions and share it with the CPUC (co-sponsored with Consumer Protection and Safety Division (CPSD).
  • Sponsoring the creation of hazard maps that include areas with high winds during Santa Ana events for the use of utilities in planning (co-sponsored with CPSD in consultation with Cal Fire).

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