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PG&E Plans to Bury 3,600 Miles of Power Lines Over 5 Years to Reduce Wildfire Risk

  • California utility eventually wants to bury 10,000 miles
  • PG&E racing to reduce chance of equipment starting wildfires
Signage warning of power lines overhead next to a burned-out vehicle in Paradise, California in 2019. 

Signage warning of power lines overhead next to a burned-out vehicle in Paradise, California in 2019. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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PG&E Corp. wants to bury about 3,600 miles of power lines over the next five years in areas at high risk of wildfires, part of an ambitious plan to reduce the threat of its equipment starting catastrophic blazes in drought-parched California.

The utility giant aims to reduce the cost per mile from $3.75 million today to about $2.5 million in 2026, Chief Executive Officer Patricia Poppe said Thursday, offering new details on a plan to bury 10,000 miles of power lines.