Earlier this month, just before COVID-19 took over every aspect of our new stay-at-home lifestyle, Brian Thoburn, SCE government relations manager, was in Three Rivers to share some good news. In addition to a 2019 grant to the Three Rivers Fire Safe Council, SCE has even more local funding in their budget for the 2020 grant cycle.
But SCE is doing more than throwing money at the problem. The company, Thoburn said, is proactive in areas with extreme fire danger like Three Rivers.
“You’ve undoubtedly seen our crews clearing branches from power lines and replacing the old wooden poles,” Thoburn said.
For 28 local customers this week, they were noticed of a scheduled outage ahead off some wildfire mitigation work that included replacing five poles in that area.
SCE has had a powerful presence in Three Rivers since 1917. That’s when the company consolidated the hydroelectric generating assets of the Mt. Whitney Power Company. With the shift to more clean energy, that’s not likely to change anytime soon.