Outages slated for Southern California Edison T&D upgrades

Southern California Edison (SCE) began a $2.2 million project to upgrade aging infrastructure in Rancho Palos Verdes last month, which is expected to last at least through the month of May.

The planned replacement of 150 power poles, 57 transformers and 2.75 miles of overhead power lines required several planned outages last month and continuing over the coming weeks.

Edison responded to criticism from all four cities on the peninsula last year when blackouts were occurring more frequently and for longer durations. In response, the utility company began work first in Palos Verdes Estates to upgrade power poles, replace transformers and install early warning devices so engineers know exactly when power might be lost.

The roughly $1 million in upgrades in PVE were completed last September.

Additional work is planned for Palos Verdes Estates later this year along with projects slated for Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates. Projects on the peninsula over the next two years are part of a $1 billion overall infrastructure improvements to the entire Southern California region.

Next up is Rolling Hills Estates where the company plans to replace 49 power poles and 25 transformers along Palos Verdes Drive East.

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