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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 Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report has found that since the 2015 signing of the Paris agreement, more than 75% of the world’s planned coal plant projects have been scrapped, and 44 countries have no future coal plans whatsoever. The report’s authors hope this trend will continue as the COP26 conference in […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Ways and Means Committee has released their portion of the reconciliation for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package. The plan follows through on many promises made by the Biden administration, including clean energy tax credits and credits for electric vehicle owners. The plan, announced on the heels […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced that it would “revise” regulations regarding renewable energy on public lands, a move that may ease the development of solar and wind projects. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said that it would be seeking input for a new proposal, which it plans to issue early next year. […]
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