11/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/18/2019 00:15
May Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety for Approximately 250,000 Customers in Portions of 19 Counties in Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay
Customers Potentially Affected Will Receive Notifications from PG&E on Monday Morning
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor a strong offshore wind event expected to begin early Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) and last through Thursday morning. To reduce the risk of wildfire in these conditions, PG&E may turn off power to approximately 250,000 customers in portions of 19 counties in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay. Other parts of the Bay Area are not expected to be included in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
The weather forecasts continue to be dynamic, so the extent of wind and PSPS impacts may change. No decision has been made about calling a PSPS at this time.
As of tonight, portions of the following counties could be affected if PG&E moves forward with a PSPS: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
PG&E plans to notify potentially affected customers beginning Monday morning (Nov. 18)-about 48 hours before a potential shutoff-by phone, text and email. PG&E is working closely with state, county, local and tribal partners to prepare for the potential PSPS.
How to Stay Informed
How to Prepare for a PSPS
As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:
No single factor drives a Public Safety Power Shutoff, as each situation is unique. PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety. These factors generally include, but are not limited to:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E 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 www.pge.com and www.pge.com/news.
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Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company