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PG&E, Local Fire Safe Councils Empower Communities to Help Prevent, Prepare for Wildfires

2020-07-23 11:48 ET - News Release

$2.3 Million Will Fund Fuel Breaks, Clear Evacuation Routes in 28 Counties


SAN FRANCISCO -- (Business Wire)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has joined forces with local Fire Safe Councils to enhance the safety and preparedness of local communities in connection with the 2020 wildfire season. PG&E is providing $2.3 million to fund local Fire Safe Council and 501(c)(3) organizations projects across 28 counties to reduce the threat of wildfires and help keep communities safe.

“With the increased wildfire threat our state faces, we all must continue to adapt to these challenges and find ways to reduce the risk of wildfire. We appreciate our ongoing partnership with local Fire Safe Councils and nonprofit organizations to complete this important safety work. These projects create fuel breaks to protect communities, clear vegetation from evacuation routes, and help underserved customers create critical defensible space to protect their homes from fire across our service area,” said Andy Vesey, PG&E Utility CEO and President.

“The California Fire Safe Council is pleased with PG&E’s continued commitment to funding local Fire Safe Council wildfire mitigation projects. The flexibility and immediate availability of PG&E funding allows for immediate use in communities as well as matching funds for federal grants,” said Patty Ciesla, executive director of the California Fire Safe Council.

Since 2014, and including this year, PG&E will have provided $17 million to local Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) organizations to fund more than 300 projects in Northern and Central California. Projects have included fuel reduction, shaded fuel breaks, emergency access and wood-chipping programs. This year, PG&E is providing funding to local councils and nonprofits to complete approximately 41 projects in 28 counties. Projects must be completed by November of this year. A list of Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) organizations receiving project funding is below.

Community Wildfire Safety Program

In addition to partnering with local Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) organizations, PG&E is preparing for wildfires through its Community Wildfire Safety Program. The company launched the program in 2018 as an additional precautionary measure intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. Through the program, PG&E is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden its electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep its customers safe.

Local Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) Organizations Receiving Funding for Projects

Organization

County

Amador Fire Safe Council

Amador

Bennett Ridge Fire Safety Organization

Sonoma

Butte County Fire Safe Council

Butte

Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council

Calaveras

Calaveras Resource Conservation District

Calaveras

California Fire Safe Council

Northern California

Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS)

Calaveras

City of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Diablo Fire Safe Council

Alameda/Contra Costa

El Dorado County Fire Safe Council

El Dorado

Fire Safe Council For Monterey County

Monterey

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County

Nevada

Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz

Fire Safe Sonoma

Sonoma

FIRESafe MARIN

Marin

Hayward Fire Department

Alameda

Highway 108 Fire Safe Council

Tuolumne

Highway 168 Fire Safe Council

Fresno

Iowa Hill Community Club

Placer

Lassen Fire Safe Council, Inc.

Lassen/Shasta

Lower Mattole Fire Safe Council

Humboldt

Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, Inc.

Mariposa

Mendocino County Fire Safe Council

Mendocino

Napa Communities Firewise Foundation

Napa

Plumas County Fire Safe Council

Plumas

Regional Parks Foundation/East Bay Regional Parks Foundation

Alameda/Contra Costa

San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council

San Luis Obispo

Santa Clara Fire Safe Council

Santa Clara/Santa Cruz

South Skyline Fire Safe Council

Santa Cruz

Trinity County Fire Safe Council

Trinity

Woodside Fire Protection District

San Mateo

Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council

Butte

Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council

Madera

Yuba County Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council

Yuba

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the beliefs, expectations, estimates, future plans and strategies of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, including but not limited to statements about PG&E’s ongoing work to reduce wildfire risk. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, which management believes are reasonable, and on information currently available to management, but are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties. In addition to the risk that these assumptions prove to be inaccurate, factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements include factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s joint annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, their joint quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, and their subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which are available on PG&E Corporation’s website at www.pgecorp.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, those associated with the Chapter 11 cases of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.

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