PacifiCorp dba Pacific Power is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Get more information on the CPUC’s undergrounding rules.
As authorized by the CPUC, Pacific Power partners with local governments to underground its overhead electric power lines through the Rule 20 program. The benefits of overhead-to-underground conversion include:
Undergrounding projects are costly and tend to benefit those in the immediate vicinity the most, so the CPUC limits the funding of conversions by the general ratepayer under its Rule 20 program.
Rule 20 has three categories referred to as Rules 20A, 20B and 20C:
Electric Rule 20 Guidebook - coming soon