If you are looking to rebuild in a fire-impacted area in Sonoma County, temporary or permanent power is now available for customers and contractors in all subdivisions. We have plans to have our infrastructure fully rebuilt before the end of the year.
Please check back on this page as we will provide frequent updates on our progress and next steps.
Much of the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa was destroyed, along with the underground electrical equipment, during the Tubbs Fire. Coffey Park currently has temporary overhead power lines so customers can have electricity to begin the rebuilding process. Gas is also now available.
PG&E crews began building new underground electric and gas utilities on Monday, April 2, replacing approximately 13 miles of underground electric cable and other underground electrical equipment, as well as placing approximately 15 miles of new underground natural gas lines by the end of the year.
Coffey Park is divided into five sections, or zones, shown on the map below. PG&E crews will move from zone to zone until complete. Customers may also see equipment moving to and from the staging area located on Coffey and Dennis lanes, along with flaggers directing the heavy loads. All personnel will either have a PG&E badge or a PG&E contractor sign on their vehicle. Contract crews are from the following companies: NorCal, Pinnacle Power, BTI and Arrow Construction.
*All construction schedules are subject to change
Since PG&E installed temporary overhead electric service in Coffey Park, PG&E will be able to connect electric service for customers in the interim while working to complete this work on the permanent underground infrastructure.
Once homeowners have an approved inspection permit from the city, we will install an electric service line to their home, as well as a new SmartMeter®, and customers can receive electric service.
Process for receiving electricity and gas
For customers who are ready for gas service, PG&E will connect a new gas service line from the house to either the existing gas lines or the new gas lines. Visit PGE.com for more information.
While much of our above ground, or overhead, electric facilities were destroyed in the wildfires, much of our high-voltage distribution underground equipment and gas mains were not damaged and are currently in service. Once the installation of gas mains, electric cable and equipment has been completed, the only work remaining will be to install the gas and underground electric services once customers are ready for service. This involves trenching to the home from the nearest gas and electric connection points which are typically located near the sidewalks.
Electrical equipment in the Fountaingrove neighborhood that was destroyed in the 2017 wildfires includes underground secondary and service lines and other equipment. PG&E crews have been working continuously in Fountaingrove to replace this equipment. However, the majority of the work will not entail digging trenches due to the existing conduit system.
PG&E’s rebuilding priority immediately after the fires was to supply power and gas to the houses that were still standing and able to receive service. We did that by repairing equipment, and in one case we built temporary overhead power lines (to Hidden Valley Estates off Parker Hill).
We are now replacing underground cable by installing new conductor into the existing conduit. We have done this in the Miramonte and Horizon View subdivisions. Electric equipment and cable replacement construction work was completed during the week of 5/14. This means the approximately 100 lots where the PG&E facilities were destroyed are now move-in ready with new PG&E cable and equipment.
Work in the following areas is also either complete or will be complete by the end of June: Rocky Knoll Way, Rincon Ridge (at Repton Way), Hidden Pine, Quail Ridge Estates, Fountaingrove Village, Fountaingrove II and The Summit. That means PG&E crews are done in these areas and have moved out or will be moving out by the end of June.
The areas that will require trenching to install new conduit and electric cable systems will see significantly more construction and longer timelines to complete. These neighborhoods include: Hidden Valley Estates, Fir Ridge East, Fir Ridge South, South Ridge, Stone Creek and parts of Thomas Lake Harris.
In areas with temporary overhead facilities, such as Hidden Valley, PG&E plans to energize these areas and then remove the temporary overhead lines.
Gas distribution lines under the street in Fountaingrove were not damaged. However, gas service lines to homes were cut off and will need to be replaced once each customer / residence is ready to accept new gas service.
On May 22, contract crews working for PG&E, began digging trenches for new equipment in the Mark West Estates and Larkfield Estates subdivisions of Santa Rosa.
In both subdivisions, fire destroyed much of the underground electrical equipment, such as cables and transformers, and it needs to be replaced. As part of PG&E’s commitment to making communities more resilient, PG&E will trench more than 19,000 feet and place new electric cable alongside telecommunications cables underneath the streets.
The underground gas system was not damaged.
Construction in Larkfield Estates includes 6,500 feet of trenching in the following streets: Brighton Drive, Brighton Court, Dorchester Court, Ursuline Road, Chelsea Drive and Oxford Court.
Construction in Mark West Estates includes digging approximately 13,000 feet of trench in the following streets: Pacific Heights Drive, Jean Marie Drive, Paulette Place, Newport Place, Katie Lee Way, Los Gatos Court, Aptos Court, Londonberry Drive and Lambert Drive.
The work will be done by PG&E contractors and the equipment staging area for materials and trucks is located near the intersection of Newport and Paulette Place. Work hours are mostly Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm but is not restricted and could be extended to the weekends.
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
PG&E has a dedicated Account Representative coordinating construction activities with builders and contractors active in all the fire footprint areas. If you are rebuilding your home in these areas and would like more information, please contact PG&E at [email protected] or call Tara Soekland at 415-257-3401.