PG&E crews to upgrade electrical system in Bakersfield to improve reliability for customers

Project is part of system-wide targeted program

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Pacific Gas and Electric Company said that utility construction crew members are working on a significant project in Bakersfield to upgrade the local electric system to provide more reliable service to customers.

Crews have been working in the southwest part of town to install special line equipment at more than a dozen locations to help locate and limit the impact of electrical outages.  These improvements should reduce both the number and duration of customer interruptions in the area.

“Through the targeted circuit program, we are using detailed analysis to target projects that will have the biggest benefit for our customers,” said Nick Walker Lineman for PG&E.

“The significant upgrades that our crews are making right now will lead to more reliable service for customers along this circuit who have experienced numerous outages in the past. The targeted circuit program is one of the ways PG&E is enhancing its electric system to provide customers safe, reliable and affordable service.”

The work in Bakersfield is part of a utility-wide program launched in 2009 by PG&E to improve the reliability of electrical service throughout Northern and Central California. Four targeted circuit projects were completed in Bakersfield this year and six are slated for 2013. The program is targeting the utility’s most challenged circuits for inspections, upgrades and other measures to prevent conditions that can cause outages. Since the program began in 2009, outages on upgraded circuits have been reduced by 30 percent, while the duration of outages has decreased by 50 percent.

Every day, PG&E has crews working underground and overhead to enhance the reliability of our electric system, which includes more than 141,000 circuit miles of distribution lines and more than 18,000 circuit miles of interconnected transmission lines.

Last year, PG&E reduced the number of outages its customers experienced to an all-time low, and improved service restoration times to their best level in ten years.  

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