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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2011

Upgrade underground service wires: Who does trenching?

I am living in Northern California. I am upgrading my service panel to 200A and that requires upgrading the underground service wires also. Most contractors can do the trenching and conduits work but I know I can also pay PG&E to do it. What are the pros and cons to ask PG&E to do it?

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    "I know I can also pay PG&E to do it."

    Although I am familiar with PG&E's home engergy use programs, I hadn't heard they'd expanded their programs to include trenching & conduit work on an individual's property. IFf PG&E offers the services you require, use their criteria to compare their estimate with those of reputable trenching & electrical contractors (apples to apples incuding timeframe). If access isn't an issue, trenching may be a less expensive DIY project. Let us know how it goes

    Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


    Please, this is not meant to be rude, but how old is your home to not have underground service that can handle 200 amps? I just can not believe your current service could not handle that.

    Answered 9 years ago by RE/MAX Agent


    how did this ultimately get resolved, and what were your costs? im in a similar situation in marin working on reestablishing gas service, which will require trenching since they disconnected the service at the main vs at our property line.

    Answered 7 years ago by pgecustomer

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