Power Lines and Wildland Fire
The September 2009 CPUC Decision on the SDG&E Shut-Off Plan
Proposed decisions were issued in August. Comments and reply comments opposing the shut-off plan were filed on behalf of MGRA. The cost/benefit analysis initially proposed by M-bar Technologies and Consulting, LLC and other issues raised in our filings were cited as a key reasons for the Commission denial of the SDG&E shut-off plan.
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.