Pacific Gas and Electric Company

PG&E PSPS Update: Essentially All Customers Who Can Receive Electric Service are Now Restored

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:12pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to essentially all customers who can receive service that were impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that began Sunday morning, Oct. 25.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to essentially all customers who can receive service that were impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that began Sunday morning, Oct. 25.
  • The weather all clear was given for all customers affected by this PSPS event on early Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 27.
  • We know these power shutoffs are a hardship for our customers, and we greatly appreciate their patience as we worked safely and quickly to restore service.
  • PG&Es goal is to have essentially all customers affected by the PSPS who can receive power restored within 12 daylight hours of the weather all clear for each affected area.

PG&E PSPS Oct. 27 10:00 PM Update: 97% of Customers Have Been Restored by Tuesday Night, With Essentially All Customers Expected to Have Power Back on Wednesday Morning

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 5:38am

Following this all clear, PG&E crews began power restoration efforts in areas still out of power.

Key Points: 
  • Following this all clear, PG&E crews began power restoration efforts in areas still out of power.
  • Essentially all remaining customersapproximately 10,000are expected to have power back on by noon on Wednesday.
  • PG&E crews will have patrolled over 17,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines to inspect for damage or hazards before all customers have been restored.
  • PG&E has restored 335,000 customers and expects all remaining customers to have power back on by noon on Wednesday.

PG&E PSPS Update: More Than 228,000 Customers Have Been Restored by Tuesday Morning

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:30pm

Following this all clear, PG&E crews are now beginning power restoration efforts in areas that are still out of power.

Key Points: 
  • Following this all clear, PG&E crews are now beginning power restoration efforts in areas that are still out of power.
  • These remaining customers are expected to have power back on by late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.
  • PG&E crews will have patrolled over 17,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines for damage or hazards before all customers have been restored.
  • PG&E has restored 228,000 customers as of this morning and expects all remaining customers to have power back on late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.

PG&E PSPS Oct. 26 10:00 PM Update: More Than 156,000 Customers Have Been Restored Since Monday Morning, With Essentially All Other Customers Expected to Have Power Back On by Tuesday Night

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 5:09am

In areas where equipment was damaged by the severe wind event, crews worked safely and as quickly as possible to make the repairs and restore those customers.

Key Points: 
  • In areas where equipment was damaged by the severe wind event, crews worked safely and as quickly as possible to make the repairs and restore those customers.
  • Today, PG&E meteorologists issued a weather all clear for most of the areas impacted by this PSPS event.
  • PG&E has restored 156,000 customers today and expects all remaining customers to have power back on late Tuesday evening.
  • Restore Once the system is safe to energize, PG&E's Control Center can complete the process and restore power to affected areas.

PG&E Begins Issuing Weather ‘All Clear’ in Some Locations for Public Safety Power Shutoff Event

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:50pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun patrolling some lines de-energized by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that started Sunday morning, Oct. 25, which affected approximately 355,000 customers in 34 counties.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun patrolling some lines de-energized by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that started Sunday morning, Oct. 25, which affected approximately 355,000 customers in 34 counties.
  • Due to improved weather conditions, Kern and San Joaquin Counties were removed from the scope of this PSPS.
  • This morning, PG&E meteorologists began issuing the weather all clear for portions of areas impacted by the PSPS.
  • Efforts related to this PSPS event will include nearly 1,800 ground patrol units, 1 airplane and 65 helicopters.

Forecasted Highest Winds and Driest Conditions of the Season Mean PG&E May Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Customers Across Northern and Central California

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:18pm

PG&E has notified customers in targeted portions of 38 counties about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) expected to start as early as Sunday morning (Oct. 25).

Key Points: 
  • PG&E has notified customers in targeted portions of 38 counties about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) expected to start as early as Sunday morning (Oct. 25).
  • PG&E will then patrol the de-energized lines to assess whether they were damaged during the wind event.
  • PG&E will safely restore power as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring most customers within 12 daylight hours, based on current weather conditions.
  • Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nations cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California.

Potential Sunday/Oct. 25 PSPS Event: Forecasted Highest Winds and Driest Conditions of the Season Mean PG&E May Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Approximately 466,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 3:38am

PG&E has notified customers in targeted portions of 38 counties about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) expected to start as early as Sunday morning (Oct. 25).

Key Points: 
  • PG&E has notified customers in targeted portions of 38 counties about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) expected to start as early as Sunday morning (Oct. 25).
  • The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility.
  • Customer notificationsvia text, email and automated phone callbegan late this afternoon, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff.
  • This is because the electric system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

Current PSPS Update: Restoration to Continue Friday Morning with a Goal of Restoring Power to Essentially All 31,000 Customers by the End of the Day

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 4:33am

PG&E expects all customers who can receive service will be back in power by 10 p.m. Friday.

Key Points: 
  • PG&E expects all customers who can receive service will be back in power by 10 p.m. Friday.
  • Tomorrow, the company plans to begin notifications two days in advance of the event for potentially impacted customers indicating the possibility of another power shutoff for safety Sunday morning.
  • We know that being without power represents a hardship, especially for customers who might have to lose power a second time within a week.
  • PG&E will also open CRCs for affected customers should the potential Oct. 24-26 PSPS come to fruition.

Forecasted High Wind Event Means PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety for About 54,000 Customers in Portions of 19 Counties and Two Tribal Communities on Wednesday

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:55pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to monitor a potentially strong and dry offshore wind event forecasted to start Wednesday evening.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to monitor a potentially strong and dry offshore wind event forecasted to start Wednesday evening.
  • Given the expected conditions, PG&E began its one-day 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.
  • Customer notificationsvia text, email and automated phone callbegan Monday afternoon, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff.
  • While a PSPS is an important wildfire safety tool, PG&E understands that losing power disrupts lives, especially for customers sheltering-at-home in response to COVID-19.

Potential Midweek PSPS Event: Forecasted High Winds and Dry Conditions Mean PG&E May Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Targeted Portions of 19 Counties and Two Tribal Communities on Wednesday

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:41am

Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff: What People Should Know

Key Points: 
  • Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff: What People Should Know
    The potential PSPS event is still two days away.
  • Customer notificationsvia text, email and automated phone callbegan late this afternoon, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff.
  • Due to forecasted severe weather conditions, PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety.
  • A PSPS Watch will be upgraded to a Warning when forecasted conditions show that a safety shutoff will be needed.