Long Beach, California 2021-07-21 11:00:32 –
A major repair of Southern California Edison’s infrastructure to power businesses and residents in downtown Long Beach is expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to a utility spokeswoman.
“They will be sunset later this year,” said spokesman David Song, but said maintenance would continue. “Work never stops,” the song added.
Repairs were needed as part of a 2017 settlement agreement between investor-owned utilities and the California Public Utility Commission. It is based on a few days of power outages in the downtown area and an investigation into an underground explosion in which a manhole cover flew into the air in 2015. ..
The Commission’s Safety and Executive Department has discovered serious problems with the maintenance, inspection, management, and outage emergency response and communications of Utility’s Long Beach network system.
To fix these issues, Edison and the Commission will invest $ 11 million from a shareholder-provided settlement fund to upgrade their local network system and update project progress quarterly. Agreed to. The settlement was adopted in October 2017.
According to Son, most of the work required for the settlement has been completed, including permanent bolting to prevent the manhole cover from floating again in the air and the installation of sensors to monitor the flow of power in the system. did.
However, according to Song, the total cost of these repairs has so far been only about $ 6.5 million, meaning that $ 4.5 million remains to invest in strengthening Long Beach’s power grid. I will.
Where the money goes is negotiated by the SCE and the Public Utility Commission, but there is one thing for sure. “Money will be spent,” Song said.