You depend on us for the safe, affordable delivery of your electricity every hour of every day. That's what is important to you: to run your home, to power your business, for the refrigerator that stores your family's food, for all of your technology. At Southern California Edison (SCE), we understand that. As one of the largest electric utilities in the nation, SCE serves nearly 15 million people and 5 million customer accounts in 445 cities and communities. The company also maintains an electric grid comprising more than 1.5 million power poles and 118,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines spread throughout our 50,000 square mile service territory. SCE's goal is to ensure safe, reliable, affordable, and clean power to its customers.
Keeping the electric grid safe and resilient is vital. This is especially relevant with the influx of record high temperatures, Santa Ana winds, low humidity, and an abundance of dry fuels, which contribute to the "new normal" threat of wildfires. We are hardening the grid against wildfires and other serious threats as part of our company's $582 million Grid Safety and Resiliency Program. Going far beyond traditional utility practices, this program incorporates advanced measures deployed in high fire risk areas around the world. We will continue to address the risk of wildfires, so that we can continue to help California transition to a clean energy economy. Conversely, a clean energy economy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions will also help reduce the risk of wildfires.
In addition to ensuring a safe and resilient grid, SCE is looking ahead to create a 21st-century power network that can handle California's changing energy needs. Sophisticated technologies will be used to deliver electricity more reliably than ever and keep outages to a minimum. Rooftop solar generation on homes and businesses, new energy efficient technologies, energy storage, and electric vehicles are changing the way electricity gets produced, distributed, and used. SCE is helping to integrate these technologies for the benefit of all customers while working with lawmakers to keep our rates affordable. As always, our representatives are here to help, offering bill programs, energy-saving incentives, or payment arrangements to help our customers manage their energy costs. We will continue to help our customers understand their expanding energy options to generate their own energy and monitor and control their usage.
Our commitment to Southern California extends well beyond its core mission of providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. We believe we have a common purpose with the communities we serve by supporting the social, economic, and sustainability issues important to them. And so, we have identified priority giving areas for the communities we serve; Edison contributed more than $20 million to various community programs and Edison employees volunteered over 192,000 hours for nonprofits in 2017. People depend on us to power their lives and we make it happen every day.
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