PG&E Plans to Bury 10,000 Miles of Power Lines to Stop Fires (2)

July 21, 2021, 9:51 PM

PG&E Corp., the embattled California utility giant, wants to bury 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) of power lines as part of a sweeping effort to stop its equipment from sparking wildfires.

The plan, announced during a news conference Wednesday, is one of the most ambitious efforts yet by PG&E to break the deadly cycle of blazes blamed on its equipment in recent years.

The project would focus on lines strung through high fire threat areas and could cost $15 billion to $20 billion, based on early estimates, PG&E Chief Executive Officer Patricia K. Poppe said during a call with reporters. ...

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