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Tuolumne County One Step Closer To Underground Utility Wires

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Public Works Department says there will be fewer power outages in the future thanks to a small portion of residents´ PG&E bills.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Peter Rei of Public Works earlier today outlining Rule 20A, which relates to converting power poles to underground utility wires.

Rei says a portion of local PG&E bills are put into a fund for improvements and treated like frequent flyer miles, equivalent to one dollar.

After hearing some specifics from Rei and representatives from PG&E, the Supervisors directed county staff to do some research on what areas would benefit most from underground wires.

Rei says the available amount of credit is worth more than $5 million. He will be back in front of the board in March with a list of projects for prioritization.

Writte by Sabrina Sabbagh