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.
An opportunity for public comment will be available at the Oct. 17 Board meeting when the final draft WMP and Qualified Independent Evaluator's Report are presented for the Board's consideration.
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