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The Water Cooler – Do You Think PG&E Should Put All Their Power Lines Underground?

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The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

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QUESTION: Do you think PG&E should put all their power lines underground?

Talk about it….

20 comments

parent January 10, 2023 - 12:03 PM - 12:03 PM

There are a lot of things we can think about doing, but how is it going to be paid for. Imagine digging up your street, block by block to bury these lines. How much time would it take to do one block, how much would it cost?

So the obvious answer is yes, we want them buried under ground. But no, I do not want to pay for it.

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Original G January 10, 2023 - 12:09 PM - 12:09 PM

Undergrounding in my opinion is little more that a placating publicity stunt.
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Project on Kirker Pass is done and poles are still there with telephone and fiber still on them. Poles above those lines were chainsawed off. Transformer installed at Nortenville Rd. appears to be sized for a subdivision.
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What should be carefully reviewed by attorney general are any changes in maintenance levels over past 25 years.

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Lazy K January 10, 2023 - 12:12 PM - 12:12 PM

It’s the least that they could do after killing 85 & 4 which included a child.
Claycord should be able to get an interview with Patti Poppe with her living so close.

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Anon January 10, 2023 - 12:13 PM - 12:13 PM

Who would pay the $10,000+ to change your breaker panel from overhead weatherhead type to underground type?

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Cellophane January 10, 2023 - 12:31 PM - 12:31 PM

absolutely.

Sadly the financial burden to the ratepayers would be unbearable for most Californians.

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To Do List January 10, 2023 - 12:37 PM - 12:37 PM

I also do not see how that would be cost effective to do this and think they should just better maintain what’s there. It would be like tearing down and rebuilding your house because it would be better located three feet to the right on the property.

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Exit 12A January 10, 2023 - 12:41 PM - 12:41 PM

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Yes, if residential rates do not increase more than three percent per year over 10 years.
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Freeman January 10, 2023 - 12:45 PM - 12:45 PM

No. Would cost a fortune, makes upgrades and expansions more expensive, would have big impact on properties that the lines have easements on, etc. Overhead lines are more prone to weather issues but the issues can be corrected fairly quickly and inexpensively.

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Original G January 10, 2023 - 1:13 PM - 1:13 PM

Above ground fault conditions can be fixed in hours.
Fault conditions in buried conductors can be repaired in days to weeks.
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Few residences are set up to live without electricity for days to weeks.

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Ricardoh January 10, 2023 - 1:10 PM - 1:10 PM

They already doubled my bill.

The Mamba January 10, 2023 - 2:21 PM - 2:21 PM

Yes, but I’m not willing to pay that goddamn company one more cent in monthly fees. Also, I’ve been all through New England where they have much worse weather than us and they don’t seem to have this problem.

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SamE January 10, 2023 - 2:22 PM - 2:22 PM

Yes, definitely. I am all in for making CA voters live with the consequences of their decisions. We should ban natural gas too.

Dorothy January 10, 2023 - 3:02 PM - 3:02 PM

Aren’t they suppose to be doing that already? The feel good (expensive) TV ads show them doing just that. Looks like mostly empty land but, hey, they need to start somewhere. So doing an easy area first makes sense to their investors.

Concord Grape January 10, 2023 - 3:24 PM - 3:24 PM

we moved in to our house 51 years ago and the power line was underground. I don’t quite understand Anon’s comment about the breaker panel

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SamE January 10, 2023 - 3:39 PM - 3:39 PM

Maybe sit this one out.

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Exit 12A January 10, 2023 - 3:47 PM - 3:47 PM

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Some homes have a service “drop” line and mast on their home. Some homes are underground from the home to the base of the pole.

If undergrounded, Anon doesnt understand the lines would only be undergrounded from pole to pole and not the service drop to the home.

Gittyup January 10, 2023 - 3:42 PM - 3:42 PM

Not only is it safer, it looks better. Overhead lines are a relic of days gone by and scream of rural electrification. It is time to move into the future. Ir doesn’t have to happen overnight. It will take years and be accomplished very gradually, as the costs permit.

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domo January 10, 2023 - 3:54 PM - 3:54 PM

All? probably not – most? yes, but then wo pays? If it comes out of shareowners and profits – go for it

Oh, please January 10, 2023 - 5:37 PM - 5:37 PM

As long as they py and all take pay cuts to make restitution for their horrible actions in the past.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 10, 2023 - 8:58 PM - 8:58 PM

No. How will the fox squirrels get around without power lines?

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