Pacific Northwest Wildfires Power

Workers repair the power system Sept. 13, 2020, near Mill City. Portland General Electric and Pacific Power had to restore power to nearly 50,000 customers after shutting it down over that weekend to avoid potentially sparking more wildfires. 

Portland General Electric is investing more than $20 million in its wildfire mitigation and resiliency plan this year, Oregon’s largest electricity company said Wednesday. This includes increasing inspections of utility poles, expanding what it considers “high risk zones” and deploying more advanced technology – like high-def AI cameras – to detect wildfires across the region.

As energy companies across the country struggle to figure out how to respond to climate change, PGE is spending more money than ever to prevent its equipment from igniting a devastating wildfire, and, if it does, to stop a blaze as quickly as possible.

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