California power shutoffs

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.

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

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 3:37am

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 started Wednesday evening (Oct. 14).

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 started Wednesday evening (Oct. 14).
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  • The majority of the remaining 31,000 customers affected by this PSPS event were restored by early Friday evening.
  • PG&Es goal is to restore electric service to essentially all customers affected by the PSPS who can receive power within 12 daylight hours of the weather all clear for each affected area.

Forecasted Offshore Dry Wind Event Means PG&E May Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Targeted Portions of 24 Counties

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 4:35am

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.
  • The potential PSPS event is still over 24 hours away.
  • Customer notificationsvia text, email and automated phone callbegan late Monday afternoon, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff.

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 4:25am

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 started early Sunday morning on September 27.

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 started early Sunday morning on September 27.
  • A few customers in Kern County had initially been included, but due to improved weather conditions, were removed from the scope.
  • Approximately 24,000 PG&E customers in Napa, Sonoma, Shasta and Tehama Counties impacted by wildfires are without power.
  • PG&Es goal is to have essentially all customers affected by the PSPS who can receive power to be restored within 12 daylight hours of the weather all clear for each affected area.

PG&E Issues Weather ‘All Clear’ in Most Locations for Public Safety Power Shutoff Event

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 8:27pm

About 37,000 customers are out of power due to wildfires that started overnight, including the Glass, Zogg and others.

Key Points: 
  • About 37,000 customers are out of power due to wildfires that started overnight, including the Glass, Zogg and others.
  • Power was turned off in partnership with CAL FIRE and for the safety of firefighters in active fire areas or due to damage caused from wildfire related impacts to equipment.
  • Once the lines have been inspected and any needed repairs are made, PG&E will proceed to restore power.
  • PG&E expects to restore power to the large majority of customers impacted by this PSPS event by 11:59 p.m. Monday evening.

PG&E Conducts Public Safety Power Shutoffs in Response to High-Wind Event, Scope of Event Reduced to 65,000

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 8:00pm

This PSPS event is based on forecasts of widespread, severely dry conditions and strong, gusty winds.

Key Points: 
  • This PSPS event is based on forecasts of widespread, severely dry conditions and strong, gusty winds.
  • Two customers within Sonoma County and 15 customers in Kern County are also expected to be included in the scope of this PSPS.
  • PG&E is working to improve its PSPS program by making events smaller in size, shorter in length and smarter for our customers.
  • Once the high winds subside Monday morning, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power.

More Than 80 Instances of Wind-Driven Damage or Hazards Found on PG&E Power Lines That Were De-energized for Sept. 7-10 Public Safety Power Shutoff

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 1:31am

Any of these could have potentially led to a wildfire had the lines not been turned off during the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that started on Sept. 7, 2020.

Key Points: 
  • Any of these could have potentially led to a wildfire had the lines not been turned off during the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that started on Sept. 7, 2020.
  • Still, we know turning off the power represents a significant hardship for our customers.
  • For 2020, PG&E has been focusing on making PSPS events smaller in size, shorter in duration and smarter for customers.
  • Those inspections revealed more than 80 instances of weather-related damage and hazards in the PSPS-affected areas.