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SCE wins approval for 9% residential rate increase

covered conductor

This is a covered conductor. Rosemead-based utility Southern California Edison has won state approval to outfit its system with this sort of safety measure in order to better protect against the threat of wildfires.

Residential customers of Southern California Edison will soon be paying about 9 percent more for electric service — $12.41 per month on average — under a rate increase approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Most of the increase goes to pay for stepped-up efforts to keep the utility's electrical system from sparking wildfires. It does that mainly by installing 4,500 circuit miles of covered conductors.