System hardening initiatives strengthen assets to prevent them from causing ignitions and protecting against extreme weather conditions. Risk modeling determines methods of failure; then, repair and replace programs prevent and fix defects to mitigate risks. While it’s impossible to eliminate every risk, we continue to maintain and upgrade our system and collaborate with other utilities to protect people and property.
Our work in this area includes:
- Accelerating inspections of assets in the Wildfire Risk Zones, as well as conducting new and enhanced inspections on equipment to determine potential areas of concern.
- Replacing equipment and poles with identifiable areas of concern, along with replacing equipment known to create sparks with new, safer technology.
- Analyzing the strength and ability of both transmission and distribution structures to withstand higher than normal wind speeds.
- Conducting enhanced vegetation management in the areas around company assets.