Edison switches over to fire-prevention mode

Changes in equipment use will prevent sparks, company says


Following what authorities are calling the worst fire year ever, Southern California Edison is taking steps to prevent sparks that might be caused by its equipment. The cost of the changes—estimated at over $580 million—will be passed on to customers in the forms of rate hikes.

While the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has found power lines and power company equipment failure to be the cause of a dozen 2017 Northern California fires, SCE has not been implicated in last y...

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