Wildfire Mitigation Plan
Public Utilities Code (PUC) section 8387 was amended in 2018 by Senate Bill (SB) 901 (Dodd). Section 8387 requires that SMUD maintain and operate its electrical lines and equipment “in a manner that will minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfire posed by those electrical lines and equipment.” As amended by SB901, Section 8387 more specifically requires that SMUD “shall, before January 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, prepare a wildfire mitigation plan.”
The objectives of SMUD’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP) is to:
- Reduce the risk of potential wildfire-causing ignition associated with SMUD’s electrical infrastructure;
- Implement a WMP that embraces safety, prevention, mitigation, and recovery as central priority for SMUD; and
- Create a WMP that is consistent with state law and objectives.
Through an open procurement process we contracted with a qualified independent evaluator (QIE) with experience assessing the safe operation of electrical infrastructure. The QIE assessed the comprehensiveness of our wildfire mitigation plan (WMP), including a review of our risk assessment and WMP strategies and found the plan is comprehensive and satisfies statutory requirements.
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