SCEdison to Host Discussion on Wildfire Mitigation Efforts

Concerned about California wildfires? SoCalEdison will host a community meeting to discuss wildfire mitigation efforts taking place. The meeting will be held on Tues., July 23, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 6161 West Centinela Avenue in Culver City.

Southern California Edison filed its proposed 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Plan in February with the California Public Utilities Commission.The plan is intended to address and greatly reduce fire ignitions caused by utility infrastructure. It also is intended to further fortify the electric system against the increasing threat of extreme conditions driven by climate change and the impacts of wildfires if they occur. About 35 percent of SCE’s service area is located in high fire risk areas.

The proposal is the first of what will be an annual submission of a Wildfire Mitigation Plan required by Senate Bill 901, which was passed last year and serves as a first step toward addressing rapidly growing wildfire challenges in California.

SCE has long taken substantial steps to reduce the risk of wildfires in its territory, including employing robust design and construction standards, vegetation management activities and operational practices.

The Wildlife Mitigation Plan is part of a larger, ongoing effort and incorporates and builds on the $582 million Grid Safety and Resiliency Program SCE submitted last September to the utilities commission. SCE will seek opportunities to accelerate wildfire mitigation efforts beyond 2019 compliance goals in the plan where possible.

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