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Moving power lines underground can help reduce wildfire risk. Yet doing so with PG&E’s 10,000 miles of above-ground lines would cost tens of billions of dollars (at $3 million per mile) and require hiring specialized workers who are equipped to handle powerlines.
As NPR explained, most of the costs of this project will likely be shouldered by PG&E customers, whose electricity rates are already among the highest in the U.S.
PG&E Under Fire: PG&E has faced immense backlash after its powerlines sparked a series of cataclysmic wildfires in California. In 2018, PG&E’s faulty equipment started the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses. The company pleaded guilty to 84 separate counts of involuntary manslaughter as a result of the blaze. In 2019, PG&E announced it would rebuild the power lines underground in Paradise, a town in Northern California that the Camp Fire decimated.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer President Biden announced a plan to develop seven new offshore wind farms along US coastlines. He aims to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 — enough energy to power over 10 million homes. Why this Matters: The proposed wind projects could avert 78 million metric […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A peak in fossil fuel use is expected by the middle of the decade and according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest annual World Energy Outlook report:There’s still a clean energy gap when it comes to limiting global temperature rise. Released in the lead up to the COP26 […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Gas is the largest energy source in the US. Gas stoves aren’t the largest consumer of natural gas in any home, but they’ve become “a focal point in the fight over whether gas should even exist” as an energy source in people’s residences. Burning gas, especially without ventilation like […]
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