Energy in California

‘Preparing for Public Safety Power Shutoffs’ TV Program Provides Customers with Important Information and Preparedness Tips

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:54pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is continuing its important safety work to prevent wildfires while adapting to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is continuing its important safety work to prevent wildfires while adapting to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To keep customers informed, PG&E is airing a 30-minute TV program throughout its Northern and Central California service area providing details of its Community Wildfire Safety Program and sharing ways customers and communities can plan and prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events.
  • The program will air in local markets over the next two weekends to provide customers viewing options, and is currently available to stream on YouTube.
  • Your safety is our most important responsibility, said Laurie Giammona, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for PG&E.

EPRI, GTI and Universities Awarded DOE Funding to Support Hydrogen Technology Training

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 6:00pm

"EPRI is proud to lead the charge training tomorrow's energy workforce in this emerging technology area," said Rob Chapman, Vice President of EPRI's Electrification and Sustainable Energy Strategy.

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  • "EPRI is proud to lead the charge training tomorrow's energy workforce in this emerging technology area," said Rob Chapman, Vice President of EPRI's Electrification and Sustainable Energy Strategy.
  • "To more broadly enable low-carbon resource applications across the economy, EPRI will apply a variety of existing and emerging approaches to safe and economic hydrogen technology production, transportation, storage, and use."
  • H2EDGE expands the bandwidth of GridEd by adding hydrogen to the technical agenda where power systems, distributed resources, and digital systems are brought together.
  • Using content created through the LCRI and other partners, the H2EDGEinitiative will design, develop, and deliver professional training materials.

Public Safety Power Shutoff Update: Essentially All Customers Who Can Receive Electric Service are Now Restored

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 12:37am

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to essentially all customers who can receive service and were impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that started Monday, Sept. 7.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to essentially all customers who can receive service and were impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that started Monday, Sept. 7.
  • PG&E now has restored power to essentially all PSPS-affected customers who are safe to serve.
  • Less than 1,700 customers remain out of service at this time in Butte, Humboldt, Plumas, Sierra and Trinity counties.
  • All of these customers are expected to have service restored by 8pm PST this evening.

SoCalGas Increasing Rebates by 50% on Energy Efficient Appliances and Smart Thermostats Now Through December 31

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 6:59pm

This means customers can get an additional 50% cash back on energy efficient products that will help them conserve energy and reduce their SoCalGas bill.

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  • This means customers can get an additional 50% cash back on energy efficient products that will help them conserve energy and reduce their SoCalGas bill.
  • SoCalGas offers rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products that help conserve energy and reduce costs.
  • An energy efficient appliance, over its lifetime, will save customers thousands of dollars in energy bills.
  • For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.

Public Safety Power Shutoff Update: For Customers Who Can Be Restored, Approximately 97 Percent Now Have Power

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7:31am

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to approximately 97 percent of customers who can be restored and who were affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event beginning late Monday night, Sept. 7.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to approximately 97 percent of customers who can be restored and who were affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event beginning late Monday night, Sept. 7.
  • Customers who are still without power tonight are expected to be restored by noon Thursday, if PG&E is able to patrol the remaining areas by helicopter.
  • In areas where equipment was damaged by the severe wind event, the damages will be repaired before customers will be restored.
  • Notify Customers Customers are notified that power has been restored.

Public Safety Power Shutoff Update: More Than 60,000 Customers Restored

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 9:35pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to more than 60,000 customers impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that started Monday night, Sept. 7.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to more than 60,000 customers impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that started Monday night, Sept. 7.
  • If inspections find no damage or hazards to electrical equipment, PG&E crews can begin restoring customers.
  • If any equipment was damaged by the severe wind event, the damages will be repaired before customers will be restored.
  • Notify Customers Customers are notified that power has been restored.

PG&E Has Redesigned Community Resource Centers to Reflect COVID-19 Health Protocols for 2020 Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 8:00pm

A Public Safety Power Shutoff for the remaining 650 customers in Kern County will begin at approximately 2 p.m. today.

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  • A Public Safety Power Shutoff for the remaining 650 customers in Kern County will begin at approximately 2 p.m. today.
  • Besides these health protocols, customers visiting a CRC in 2020 will experience further changes, including a different look and feel.
  • PG&E is working hard every day to improve the safety of its electric system and reduce wildfire risks through the Community Wildfire Safety Program.
  • To learn more about PG&Es plans for Community Resource Centers and how the company has worked to improve Public Safety Power Shutoffs, go to www.pge.com/wildfiresafety .

For Public Safety Due to Severe Weather, PG&E has Begun Process of Turning Off Power in High Fire-Threat Areas

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 5:05am

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun the process of power de-energization of numerous electrical lines as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) due to severe weather conditions.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun the process of power de-energization of numerous electrical lines as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) due to severe weather conditions.
  • We are working to reduce the number of customers affected and the length of time they are without power.
  • The process to shut off power began at around 9 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.
  • Once the high winds subside, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power.

Amid Extreme Heat, Forecasted Offshore Dry Wind Event Means PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of 21 Counties, Mostly in the Sierra Foothills

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 8:50pm

The potential PSPS starting Monday evening could impact approximately 158,000 customers in portions of 21 counties in the Sierra foothills and North Bay.

Key Points: 
  • The potential PSPS starting Monday evening could impact approximately 158,000 customers in portions of 21 counties in the Sierra foothills and North Bay.
  • The scope of this event changed based on updated weather forecasts that showed the strengthening of the system, increasing the footprint of the expected wind pattern.
  • Customer notificationsvia text, email and automated phone callbegan late Saturday afternoon, approximately 48 hours prior to the potential shutoff.
  • PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety.

Amid Extreme Heat, Forecasted Offshore Dry Wind Event Means PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of 18 Counties

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 5:10am

Given the expected conditions, PG&E began its 24-hour advance notifications to customers in areas where PG&E may need to proactively turn power off for safety to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized power lines.

Key Points: 
  • Given the expected conditions, PG&E began its 24-hour advance notifications to customers in areas where PG&E may need to proactively turn power off for safety to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized power lines.
  • The potential PSPS starting Monday evening could impact approximately 103,000 customers in portions of 18 counties in the Sierra foothills and North Bay.
  • Customer notificationsvia text, email and automated phone callbegan late Saturday afternoon, approximately 48 hours prior to the potential shutoff.
  • PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety.