Notes from the June 26 Meeting with PG&E

  1. PG&E owns street lights in Rio Nido, but generally not between Rio Nido and Guerneville (those are owned by the County).
  2. If we have issues/concerns about how PG&E contractors  perform, PG&E wants to hear about it.  It’s best if we log our concern through their web form online (per our resources sheet) or at their 800 number (1-800-PGE-5000) so it gets tracked and properly addressed or you can pass along your concerns to the FRN board for help.
  3. Tree wire is a double-edged sword.  It is more resistant to being broken by a tree, but when a tree limb drags it down and it’s still live (because it hasn’t been broken, and hasn’t blown a fuse like the normal “barrel wire” will do, which de-energizes the line).  So our tree wire electrical lines are more dangerous to an unsuspecting pedestrian!
  4. PG&E has a goal to fix street lights within 5 calendar days of getting notified about it, so they want to hear if we’re seeing delays past this.
  5. PG&E will be coming through starting in July to re-frame the poles, and pull in bigger wire. This should help with outages.
  6. Our outage percentages in this area are considered quite low (15% outages during a storm). Some discussion on the outage frequency having improved, but the duration is still a problem.
  7. PG&E is reviewing the costs and possibility of bringing natural gas out here.  The updated review should be done by the end of August. The last one in 2003 proved to be too expensive to justify.
  8. Some discussion on what circuits exist to feed RN (two or three primary circuits)
  9. PG&E showed us which pole tags are theirs (the vertical metal one with a bar code at the bottom, if it’s been updated).  If there are multiple numbers on a pole, we should be reporting the number that’s lowest on the pole (ignoring the circular one that’s nailed into the pole), since this is the number for both the pole and the street light.  (Other numbers above it are for other things on the pole, like a switch, or phone line.)
  10. We need to be reminded that we live in the trees so we’re going to inevitably see more issues with outages than those who do not.