Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is improving a power line in Chester that will help reliability ahead of storm season, the company announced recently.
PG&E crews are working this week to replace cross arms on 32 poles in the vicinity of the abandoned railroad bed between PG&E’s Chester Substation on First Avenue and the Collins Pine Lumber Plant. Crews will also replace poles, upgrade power lines, trim trees and install protective guards to prevent animal contact with electric equipment.
The work in Chester is part of a utility-wide program launched in 2009 by PG&E to improve the reliability of electrical service throughout northern and central California. The program is targeting circuits where the upgrades will have the most impact in preventing conditions that can cause outages. Since the program began in 2009, outages on upgraded circuits have been reduced by 30 percent, while the duration of outages has decreased by 50 percent.
“Through the targeted circuit program, we are using detailed analysis to target projects that will have the biggest benefit for our customers,” said Russ Rylee, electric superintendent for PG&E’s North Valley division. “The significant upgrades that our crews are making right now will lead to more reliable service for customers along this circuit who have experienced numerous outages in the past. The targeted circuit program is one of the ways PG&E is enhancing its electric system to provide customers safe, reliable and affordable service.”
PG&E, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit pge.com/about/newsroom and pgecurrents.com.
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