Nov. 20 PSPS UPDATE: Due to Improved Weather, Approximately 83,000 Customers Removed from Scope of Public Safety Power Shutoff
Power Turned Off for Safety for
Approximately 48,000 Customers
Approximately 14,000 Customers in Butte,
Plumas, Tehama, Yuba Counties Could be Impacted Later Today
Due to improved weather conditions including some precipitation
and increased humidity levels, approximately 83,000 customers
previously expected to lose power for safety are no longer part of
this Public Safety Power Shutoff. These customers are in El Dorado,
Nevada, Placer, Sierra and Yuba counties as well as western Sonoma
Customers Turned Off for Safety
For safety, PG&E turned off power to approximately 48,000
customers Wednesday morning. These customers are in portions of
Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma,
Tehama and Yolo counties. Wind speeds exceeding 50 mph were
recorded earlier today in most of these counties, including wind
speeds over 70 mph in Sonoma County.
Weather Being Monitored
PG&E continues to monitor evolving weather conditions, which
may prompt shutoffs later today for 14,000 customers in Butte,
Plumas and Tehama counties and additional parts of Yuba County.
Strong winds have the potential for damage and hazards to the
electric system, which could ignite wildfires if lines are
energized. Parts of Northern California are experiencing one of the
driest starts to the rain season, which began Oct. 1, in recent
PG&E continues to keep customers updated on the status of
planned shutoffs via text, email and automated calls.
The original scope of this PSPS was 300,000 customers. In
addition to the 83,000 customers removed this morning from the
scope of this PSPS, PG&E removed approximately 150,000
customers in six counties from the PSPS late Tuesday due to
improving weather conditions.
Interconnected Nature of the Grid
Some customers in the PSPS may not experience adverse weather at
their location but are impacted because the line serving their
community relies upon a line that runs through an area experiencing
extreme fire danger conditions. PG&E continues to sectionalize
the grid so that over time PSPS events will become more targeted.
See a video explaining this.
Expected All-Clear and Restoration
Winds are expected to subside Thursday morning. Once the
all-clear is given, inspections and any necessary repairs will be
performed before lines are re-energized. PG&E has already
staged resources, including 45 helicopters and 5,500 employees, in
the impacted areas to expedite inspections as soon as the all-clear
is received and it is light enough to do so.
Restoration will occur in stages depending on inspections and
any repairs of wind damage to the electric system. Current weather
predictions point to a possible restoration for most customers by
Some customers not affected by the PSPS event may experience
power outages due to weather. PG&E will work to restore all
outages safely and as quickly as possible.
Customer Resource Centers
Beginning at 8 a.m., PG&E began opening Customer Resource
Centers in the affected areas to provide charging stations for
electronic devices as well as non-perishable snacks, ice, heating
and cooling, restroom facilities and blankets, upon request. Most
centers will be open until 8 p.m. and will reopen Thursday at 8
a.m. A current list of centers and their addresses can be found at
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Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San
Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers
some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 16 million people in
Northern and Central California. For more information, visit
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