Power Lines and Wildfire
San Diego Union Tribune Op-Ed: The PUC Should Deny This Plan Outright
SOURCE: UNION-TRIBUNE: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2009/may/10/puc-should-deny-plan-outright/?uniontrib
By: Diane Conklin and Joseph Mitchell, May 10, 2009
The shut-off plan is widely disliked — not because it can’t work but because it works for SDG&E instead of for its customers.
When to Turn Off the Power? Cost/Benefit Outline for Proactive De-energization
Filed with the CPUC in response to SDG&E’s 2008 application A.08-12-021 to turn off power under Santa Ana conditions, filed 3/27/2009 on behalf of MGRA. Turning off the power increases other types of risk – including fire risk. Benefits of turning off the power during high-wind conditions have to be weighed against costs & risks, which should result in an optimal shut-off threshold.