SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. September 7, 2020 – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun the process of power de-energization of numerous electrical lines as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) due to severe weather conditions. The PSPS event will affect customers in portions of 22 counties in the northern Sierra foothills, northern Sacramento Valley, and elevated North Bay terrain. This PSPS event is based on forecasts of widespread, severely dry conditions and strong, gusty winds that create critical fire weather with high ignition risk. These conditions are expected to continue through Wednesday morning.
The power shutoff is expected to impact approximately 172,000 customers in portions of 22 counties and 7 tribal communities, including: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yuba.
PG&E will be able to use temporary generation and islanding to enable about 69,000 customers and several medical facilities to stay energized.
For a list of affected customer counts and cities per county, see www.pge.com/pspsupdates.
We are working to improve our PSPS program by making events smaller in size, shorter in length and smarter for our customers. Although the National Weather Service has placed 1.5 million customers across our service territory under Red Flag Warning conditions, we have been able to limit public safety PSPS de-energization to less than 12% of those customers now under Red Flag Warning risk. While PSPS is an important wildfire safety tool, we understand the burden PSPS places on our customers especially for those with medical needs and customers sheltering-at-home in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working to reduce the number of customers affected and the length of time they are without power.
Timeline for safety shutoffs
The process to shut off power began at around 9 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.
- Forecasts indicate the peak period of Diablo winds should occur beginning at 10 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday morning.
- Once the high winds subside, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power. PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring power to nearly all customers within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed.
Customer notifications—via text, email and automated phone call—began late Saturday afternoon, approximately 48 hours prior to the potential shutoff. Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee to deliver the warning if possible, starting with customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.
Potentially Impacted Counties and Cities
The potential shutoff is currently expected to impact approximately 172,000 customers in the following 22 counties, including:
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- Alpine County: 572 customers, including 6 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Amador County: 5,319 customers, including 380 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Butte County: 12,920 customers, including 1,079 medical baseline customers, in Butte Meadows, Chico, Oroville, Paradise and unincorporated areas
- Calaveras County: 13,387 customers, including 590 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- El Dorado County: 26,491 customers, including 1,652 medical baseline customers, in Greenwood, Kelsey, Placerville and unincorporated areas
- Humboldt County: 3,013 customers, including 110 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Kern County: 638 customers, including 32 medical baseline customers, in Bakersfield and unincorporated areas
- Lake County: 24 customers, including 0 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Lassen County: 994 customers, including 46 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Mariposa County: 9 customers, including 0 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Napa County: 5,028 customers, including 173 medical baseline customers, in Calistoga, Saint Helena and unincorporated areas
- Nevada County: 23,312 customers, including 1,225 medical baseline customers, in Grass Valley, Nevada City and unincorporated areas
- Placer County: 4,631 customers, including 299 medical baseline customers in Loomis and unincorporated areas
- Plumas County: 10,879 customers, including 458 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Shasta County: 9,902 customers, including 647 medical baseline customers, in Hat Creek, McArthur and unincorporated areas
- Sierra County: 1,098 customers, including 20 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Siskiyou County: 56 customers, including 0 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Sonoma County: 17,690 customers, including 1,120 medical baseline customers, in Santa Rosa and unincorporated areas
- Tehama County: 1,226 customers, including 56 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Trinity County: 1,413 customers, including 73 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
- Tuolumne County: 29,887 customers, including 2,112 medical baseline customers, in Groveland, Sonora, Tuolumne and unincorporated areas
- Yuba County: 2,395 customers, including 183 medical baseline customers, in unincorporated areas
Customers can use an address lookup tools to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.