Southern California Edison Grid Safety and Resiliency Program (GSRP) Application (A. 18-09-002)

Background

 

In September 2018, Southern California Edison (SCE) submitted an Application to the CPUC for approximately $582 million in funding for wildfire-related programs and projects. These projects primarily include:

 

  •  Covered conductor (plastic coating on wire to reduce fire risk)
  •  Upgraded circuit fuses
  •  Changes to the functioning of automatic reclosers
  •  High-definition cameras
  •  Weather stations
  •  Advanced weather modeling (software and hardware)
  •  Changes to vegetation management, inspections, and Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) practices

 

SCE's proposed programs are for the years 2018-2020, with future expansions or changes to the programs to be proposed in SCE's General Rate Cases (GRCs) starting in 2021.

Public Advocates Position

The Public Advocates Office submitted testimony on SCE’s application on April 23, 2019. We recommended that SCE’s GSRP be approved as a pilot program through the end of 2020, as well as a reduction in scope of their covered conductor program for 2020 due to scaling-up and workforce concerns. We also recommended that SCE prioritize Tier 2 and Tier 3 Fire Hazard Threat Zones in implementing its GSRP, and the phase-out of tree attachments be accelerated. SCE should be required to develop metric that quantitatively demonstrate the benefits of its GSRP in reducing wildfire risk.


Schedule

Evidentiary hearings are scheduled for July 1-3, 2019 and July 8-10, 2019. A final decision is expected around December 2019.  

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