NEVADA CITY, Calif. November 18, 2019 – The potential for another power shutoff on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 is increasing.

All updates will be posted below, with the newest entries on top.

November 20, 2019 at 11:59 AM

PSPS update: Due to improving weather conditions, 83,000 customers originally expected to lose power for safety are no longer part of this Public Safety Power Shutoff. Power will NOT be shut off in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Yuba and the Guerneville area of Sonoma County

November 20, 2019 at 11:52 AM

BREAKING NEWS: This just in, PG&E has announced power will remain on for Nevada County.

November 20, 2019 at 9:55 AM

PG&E has opened two Community Resource Centers (CRC) which will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through full re-energization.

The CRCs will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging stations, non-perishable snacks, ice, blankets upon request, and warm venue.

Locations include:
• Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley, CA
• Nevada City Elks Lodge: 518 CA-49, Nevada City, CA

November 20, 2019 at 9:39 AM

County facilities will be open if a PSPS event is implemented. County services in the following offices are continuing as usual, although some services may be limited due to access to power:

• Assessor’s Office
• Human Resources
• Board of Supervisors/ Clerk of the Board Office
• County Executive Office
• Behavioral Health
• Auditor-Controller
• Agricultural Commissioner
• Environmental Health
• District Attorney
• Treasurer/Tax-Collector
• Public Health
• Grass Valley Library
• Public Works
• Planning
• Social Services/Eligibility
• Building
• Juvenile Hall

The following buildings/offices will be closed to the public due to lack of access to power if a PSPS is implemented, however staff in these departments will continue to provide services remotely at alternative work stations:

• Public Defender
• Probation
• Clerk Recorder
• Madelyn Helling Library
• Bear River Library
• Penn Valley Library
• Doris Foley Library

November 20, 2019 at 8:30 AM

Nevada County Update: Nevada County Office of Emergency Services has received a notice from PG&E that de-energization has been delayed for Nevada County until 11:00 A.M. We will provide updates as we receive them.

Source: PG&E’s weather awareness

November 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM

The Nevada County Courthouse is closed today.

November 20, 2019 at 7:01 AM

PG&E is sending the shutoff notices out now to customers affected by the PSPS. Shutoff starting now, it may take some time for all circuits to be de-energized.

November 20, 2019 at 5:51 AM

Nevada County school closures:

  • Chicago Park
  • Clear Creek
  • Earle Jamieson
  • Grass Valley School District
  • Nevada City School District
  • Nevada Joint Union High School District
  • SAEL
  • TKM
  • Union Hill
  • Yuba River Charter School

The following schools are OPEN

  • Bitney Prep
  • Echo Ridge Christian
  • Forest Lake Christian School
  • NCSOS Office
  • Nevada City School of the Arts
  • Penn Valley Union School District
  • Pleasant Ridge School District
  • Sierra College, Grass Valley Campus
  • Sierra College Child Development Center
  • Washington School

November 20, 2019 at 4:07 AM

PG&E Moving Forward with Shutting Off Power for Safety, Impacting About 150,000 Customers in Portions of 18 Counties. PG&E stated shutoffs are expected to include approximately 150,000 customers in 18 counties: Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba. They are anticipated to begin as early as 6:00 a.m. Wednesday for many customers; customers in other locations may not be impacted until around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. The expectation is that the weather will clear around mid-morning Thursday, allowing the patrol and restoration process to begin.

November 19, 2019 at 7:11 PM

PG&E CEO talked about the “upcoming PSPS” during this evening’s briefing, confirming the shutoff. The Incident Commander for the utility confirmed the shutoff time for Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Sierra and Butte counties to start at 7:00 am on Wednesday morning. The “all clear” is still expected to be given on Thursday at 8 am, with 5,500 ground crews and 45 helicopters ready to inspect all the lines. PG&E has also requested the use of a fixed-wing aircraft with nighttime IR capabilities. PG&E is planning to notify all impacted customers by this evening of the planned shutoff.

November 19, 2019 at 6:52 PM

FREED Center for Independent Living also has access to limited resources to assist individuals who rely on medical equipment that requires electricity. Call 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL-211 if you have these specific needs.

November 19, 2019 at 2:41 PM

PG&E Could Shut Off Power for Safety in Portions of 16 Counties on Wednesday.

While there is considerable uncertainty regarding the strength, timing and humidity levels associated with this weather system, the shutoff is currently expected to impact approximately 181,000 customers in the following 16 counties:

County and number of customers potentially impacted

Butte 13,097
El Dorado 37,444
Lake 16,013
Napa 11,181
Nevada 29,202
Placer 11,179
Shasta 8,940
Sierra 1,160
Solano 1,970
Sonoma 38,376
Tehama 6,680
Yuba 3,942

November 19, 2019 at 1:05 PM

If a PSPS is implemented, PG&E will open the following Community Resource Centers (CRC) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and through full re-energization. Locations include:
• Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley, CA
• Nevada City Elks Lodge: 518 CA-49, Nevada City, CA
The CRCs will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging stations, non-perishable snacks, ice, blankets upon request, and warm venue.
If power is shutoff, County of Nevada will also open a County Warming Shelter. Hours of operation will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday 11/20/2019 through 8:00 a.m. Thursday 11/21/2019.
• United Methodist Church, 236 South Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
• First come, first serve (25 cots available) basis
• Amenities will include: cots, water, a warm environment, and minimal charging stations

November 19, 2019 at 9:49 AM

PG&E has communicated an update in potential PSPS timing. De-energization for Nevada County is now anticipated to be conducted at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The “weather all clear” is still expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

November 19, 2019 at 7:08 AM

No confirmation on the power shutoff yet. PG&E announced last night 303,000 customers in 25 counties may be affected.

November 18, 2019 at 5:22 PM

Nevada County’s GIS team has created a map of the planned outage areas. Nevada County PSPS Map

If PG&E decides to implement a PSPS Wednesday afternoon, areas of Grass Valley should still have power. PG&E plans to use generators at their substation to re-energize skilled nursing facilities, the hospital, & businesses.

November 18, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Potential shutoff is expected to impact approximately 264,000 customers in 22 counties.

November 18, 2019 at 2:34 PM

Nevada County update: PG&E currently plans to start de-energizing power lines at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and predicts they will receive the “all clear” to begin inspecting power lines at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

November 18, 2019 at 1:26 PM

PG&E has shared with Nevada County OES that if a PSPS is implemented, de-energization in Nevada County is anticipated to begin at 2:00 PM Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019. Timing is weather dependent & may change, however these are the most accurate estimates we have at this moment.

November 16, 2019 at 10:05 PM

Elevated PSPS potential for the middle part of next week, according to PG&E. After showing all clear this morning, the latest PG&E weather forecast shows a elevated PSPS potential for Wednesday and Thursday in our area. At this time, no decision has been made if a PSPS is warranted and should be implemented.

The map is the PG&E shapefile of areas that might be affected by the outage.