Operational and situational awareness efforts improve our capability to make critical operational decisions more quickly and effectively. These include specific protocols for periods that are conducive to wildfires, such as “Red Flag Warning” days with high-wind conditions and ensuring a better understanding of threat conditions—and appropriate actions to deal with those conditions. We’re reinforcing our grid by replacing current equipment with new technologies that help reduce wildfire risk and allow us to be more effective in responding to fire events when they occur.
We are constantly investing in our infrastructure and exploring new ways to continuously improve to ensure reliability, safety and affordability. In this evolving effort, new technology plays a key role in our new wildfire standards. These include key equipment that control the flow of electricity on our transmission lines: relays, reclosers, fuses, cutouts, and arrestors.
Reclosers, under normal circumstances, is equipment that attempts to keep power flowing through a transmission or distribution line after a fault is detected, trying to reenergize the system. Under Red Flag Conditions or if a transmission or distribution line has fallen to the ground, those attempts to reenergize should not occur for safety reasons. The company has begun installing reclosers with remote communication capability, which will allow settings to be changed remotely if weather conditions warrant.