PG&E completes project putting powerlines underground between Indian Falls and Moccasin 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has completed work to underground powerlines along 2.2 miles of Highway 89 between Indian Falls and Moccasin in Plumas County. Customers in the area are now served by the new underground powerlines.

Traffic controls ended in late October as asphalt repairs are on hold and will resume next year after winter. PG&E will later remove the overhead powerlines that the underground powerlines replaced.

“We at PG&E are deeply committed to doing everything we can to prevent wildfires in the communities we serve and live in,” said Joe Wilson, Vice President of PG&E’s North Valley and Sierra Region and a Plumas County native. “Our region has been devastated by wildfires in recent years. Undergrounding work protects our customers, neighbors, friends and families.”

The work is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program and is in response to California’s growing wildfire risk.

PG&E is committed to moving 10,000 miles of powerlines underground in the highest fire-risk areas to reduce wildfire risk and improve reliability throughout California. Burying powerlines is the most effective solution to reducing the risk of wildfire from electrical equipment, reducing the risk of ignitions in areas at the highest risk of wildfire by nearly 98 percent. Undergrounding also makes power more reliable by reducing outages caused by winter storms, and in some cases eliminates the need for safety shutoffs.

Other PG&E powerline undergrounding projects currently underway in Plumas County include:

  • Along Highway 70 east of the Plumas-Butte county line.
  • Along Highway 70 between Storrie and Belden areas of Greenville.

When completed, about 60 miles of underground powerlines will be providing safe, reliable service to customers in Plumas County.

For questions and more information about road impacts, customers may call PG&E’s Customer Rebuild Line at (800) 254-5810.

About PG&E 
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California.  

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