PG&E Upgrades Existing Equipment
To help increase Silicon Valley Powers ability to serve our growing customer load, PG&E is upgrading some of their existing transmission lines, conductor and insulators located north of Bayshore. Customers may see PG&E trucks and crews working in their neighborhood. They might also see nets like the ones seen below over street intersections. These nets are a common safety measure installed by PG&E in the event something should drop while performing the work. A general map of the areas of work is below. The project is scheduled for completion in April 2019. For more information, please email ElectricReliability@pge.com.
SVP MeterConnect is the City of Santa Clara's advanced meter program that will eventually equip all homes and businesses in the City with modern advanced electric meters. SVP MeterConnect includes the Wi-Fi communications system mounted on streetlights that connects the meters to SVP offices as well as provides communications improvements for other city services. The SVP MeterConnect program is designed to:
- Ensure accurate and secure electricity meter reading that is read remotely by SVP
- Replace outdated and first generation mechanical meter technology with advanced, thoroughly-tested meters and modern technology
- Keep customers informed and educated about plans for deploying advanced meters
- Respond openly and immediately to any customer concerns or questions
SVP began phase two of the meter installations in the Spring of 2018, and anticipate all meters will be installed by the end of 2019. Many questions about SVP MeterConnect are answered on SVP's flyer or Frequently Asked Questions. A video of the residential installation process will also answer many questions.
LED Streetlight Retrofit Project
In 2015, SVP completed the retrofit of existing high pressure sodium and mercury vapor streetlights in the southern part of the City with more efficient LED streetlights. In December 2017, SVP began the retrofit of the traffic safety lights at major intersections in this same area with more efficient LED lights. This area is covered under Section 1 in the map below. Following this, SVP retrofitted both the streetlights and traffic safety lights in Section 2 and Section 3 with more efficient LED streetlights. The work was complete in Spring 2018. Future plans for retrofitting the streetlights in the remaining part of the City are currently under development.