Clovis residents don’t realize it, but they’ve paid for and are paying a monthly fee for streetlight service they are not getting. Yes, the lights are on but that’s not all that they’re paying for.
Homes in subdivisions with underground electric service and areas immediately adjacent to those subdivisions have streetlights that are to be energized via the underground. With the purchase of their homes, they have paid for that installation and continue to do so with a monthly fee.
For whatever reason, the underground wires were damaged and rather than correctly repair damaged wires, PG&E cheaply strings overhead wires. Per the Public Utility Commission’s subdivision (15.1) and streetlight (LS1E) tariff, those lights were and are to be served from the underground distribution system.
Ignoring this situation is probably a local PG&E practice. But local or corporate, PG&E relies on the public not knowing. Look up and observe the wires strung to and between steel streetlight poles.
Just one example is on the north side of Sierra Avenue, east of Fowler Avenue at Burgan Avenue. No excuses. PG&E, return it to the way it was.
Mike Crain, Clovis