Reducing the risk of utility-caused wildfire is essential to Holy Cross Energy’s (HCE’s) operational practices. HCE’s existing programs and procedures, as well as the incorporation of emerging technologies, are intended to directly or indirectly manage or reduce the risk of its utility infrastructure becoming an origin or contributing factor for wildfire.
The Wildfire Mitigation Plan also addresses the unique features of HCE’s service area, such as topography, weather, infrastructure, grid configuration, and potential wildfire risks. This plan describes and will expand upon our existing inspection, maintenance, and safety programs as well as community engagement efforts with a focus on strengthening the overall electric system.
HCE believes the strategies and activities described in this WMP are a practical approach to reducing fire-related risk in the near term and will allow for refinement and improvement over time. As HCE gains experience implementing the WMP’s mitigation programs and new information emerges, the co-op will assess, evaluate, enhance, and refine its practices.