PG&E reveals plan to build underground power lines over five years

PG&E Vice Presidente of Eletrict Operations Aaron Johnson announced on Wednesday that it will build all electric power lines underground in Paradise and partially in Magalia over five years.

Posted: May 22, 2019 8:04 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 8:57 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - PG&E Vice Presidente of Eletrict Operations Aaron Johnson announced on Wednesday that it will build all electric power lines underground in Paradise and partially in Magalia over five years. 

A PG&E spokesperson said the utility already needed to replace 74 miles of natural gas lines in the area, so building the electric lines underground at the same would allow them to be jointly trenched.

Engineering an underground system requires designing the system around existing water, natural gas and drainage systems, as well as planning for future road widening and the possibility of a sewer system for Paradise.

While underground lines are being built, temporary overhead lines will be installed to service Paradise 

PG&E still has not released an estimate for how much the project will cost. 

The utility did say however that the project will occur at no additional cost to the town. 

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