3. Planning for Potential Extreme Weather Impacts
The threat of extreme weather events pose to important sectors of the American economy has become clearly visible. That’s why PG&E’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment examines the exposure prepare for extreme weather, including:
Wildfire Danger - PG&E is building a network of weather stations to monitor and further advance weather forecasting abilities to predict better where a wildfire could occur and respond quickly and appropriately to help keep communities safe.5
Flooding During Severe Storms - PG&E's meteorology team has developed a Storm Outage Prediction Model that incorporates real-time weather forecasts and data to accurately show where and when storm impacts will be most severe.6
Sea-Level Rise - Because this is a longer-term risk, PG&E’s participating in several local, state, and federal government-led studies and initiatives to better understand and plan for potential sea-level rise impacts.7
Land Subsidence - PG&E is developing a strategy to better monitor all of its electric and natural gas assets located in areas affected by gradual settling or sudden sinking of the ground surface.
- Heat Waves - To maintain the safety and reliability of its system, PG&E has a structured process to reduce the impacts of hot weather, and they’re also investing significant resources in modernizing their electric operations.
4. Promoting Stewardship
PG&E has a long history of managing California lands and waters in responsibly and sustainably. This includes protecting threatened and endangered species and their habitats, as well as maintaining and preserving coastal, forest, and watershed lands.8
5. Power Lines & Trees
Droughts can cause trees to die or become dangerously unhealthy, making them susceptible to diseases and pest infestations like bark beetles. That’s why PG&E regularly prunes trees which grow too close to power lines to reduce fire hazards, keep communities safer, and provide uninterrupted electrical service.9
When trees near or inside your home need to be pruned or removed, PG&E will notify you in person, by a door hanger, letter or phone call.10 If you’re worried about trees being too close to power lines, please call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.