06/17/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/17/2021 23:45
Release Date: June 17, 2021
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that rotating power outages were not needed today to maintain electric grid stability during the extreme heat that affected much of the state, because California's grid had adequate power supply to meet consumer demand.
After the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued a Grid Warning mid-afternoon, PG&E reached out to public safety partners across its service area and to about 121,000 customers telling them rotating outages were possible. The notification was intended to help those partners and customers begin to prepare.
Thanks to electricity conservation by Californians statewide in response to the CAISO's Flex Alert, grid demand did not exceed supply despite the widespread triple-digit heat.
Hot weather is expected to continue across the state and the West for another few days. CAISO has called for another Flex Alert on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., asking Californians to voluntarily conserve energy.
Rotating outages are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which are conducted during specific high fire-threat conditions.
Visit www.pge.com/rotatingoutages for more information on how and why supply-related rotating outages might happen.
Energy conservation tips
Here are ways for customers to reduce energy use during the day:
In addition, during the critical hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, consumers are asked to:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.