Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) affecting approximately 25,000 customers in very targeted portions of 20 counties. The first wave of targeted safety shutoffs will begin early Monday morning around 4 a.m. The scope of the overall event represents less than one-half of one percent of all PG&E customers
This safety shutoff is due to a dry, offshore wind event expected to start Sunday night and bring wind gusts of up to 50 mph by Monday morning. As a result of this wind event, combined with extreme to exceptional drought conditions and extremely dry vegetation, PG&E began sending advanced notifications Saturday to customers where PG&E may need to proactively turn off power for safety to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized power lines.
Timeline for Safety Shutoffs
The times below are estimates and may change (earlier or later) dependent on the dynamic weather environment. Times below as of 6 p.m. on October 10, 2021:
|Oct. 11,4:00 a.m.||Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, Butte, Plumas, Grindstone Rancheria, Mooretown Rancheria|
|Oct. 11, 5:00 a.m.||Tehama, Yolo, Napa, Solano|
|Oct. 11, 5:30 a.m.||Yolo, Colusa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Stanislaus, San Benito, Kern, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Cortina Rancheria|
|Oct. 11, 6:00 a.m.||Yolo, Shasta, Tehama, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Middletown Rancheria|
|Oct. 11, 12:00 p.m.||Kern|
|Oct. 11, 6:00 p.m.||San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara|
* Counties/Tribes may fall into multiple de-energization times.
PG&E anticipates weather “all clears” will occur as early as Monday evening with restoration expected to begin Tuesday afternoon, with times varying based on individual locations.
Customers can look up their address at www.pge.com/pspsupdates to see if PG&E is monitoring their location for the potential safety shutoff.
The potential shutoff is expected to affect approximately 25,000 customers in these counties:
- Alameda: 134 customers, 10 Medical Baseline customers
- Butte: 1,342 customers, 98 Medical Baseline customers
- Colusa: 566 customers, 39 Medical Baseline customers
- Contra Costa: 597 customers, 40 Medical Baseline customers
- Fresno: 189 customers, 6 Medical Baseline customers
- Glenn: 376 customers, 22 Medical Baseline customers
- Kern: 633 customers, 34 Medical Baseline customers
- Lake: 4,008 customers, 304 Medical Baseline customers
- Monterey: 854 customers, 27 Medical Baseline customers
- Napa: 2,441 customers, 113 Medical Baseline customers
- Plumas: 309 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
- San Benito: 84 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
- San Luis Obispo: 223 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
- Santa Barbara: 27 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customer
- Shasta: 2,336 customers, 172 Medical Baseline customers
- Solano: 4,698 customers, 433 Medical Baseline customers
- Sonoma: 87 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customer
- Stanislaus: 30customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
- Tehama: 5,342 customers, 498 Medical Baseline customers
- Yolo: 515 customers, 16 Medical Baseline customers
The list above only includes counties with 25 or more customers impacted. There are three other counties with fewer than 25 customers impacted.
The following Tribal Communities are also expected to be impacted.
- Cortina Rancheria: 8 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customer
- Grindstone Rancheria: 50 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
- Middletown Rancheria: 34 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customer
- Mooretown Rancheria: 1 customer, 0 Medical Baseline customer
- Pit River Tribes: 8 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
Restoration Expected to Begin Tuesday Afternoon
PG&E will notify customers when the weather system has passed and will provide continuous updates on when to expect the power to turn back on.
Once conditions are clear, PG&E electric crews will begin patrolling in the air, in vehicles and on foot to visually check de-energized lines for hazards or damage to make sure it is safe to restore power. For this reason, inspections must occur during daylight hours. Restoration steps include:
- Inspect: Our crews will work to visually inspect for potential weather-related damage to the lines, poles and towers.
- Repair: Where equipment damage is found, PG&E crews work to isolate the damaged area from the rest of the system so other parts of the system can be restored.
- Restore: Once the poles, towers and lines are safe to energize, PG&E’s Control Center can complete the process and restore power to affected areas.
- Notification: Customers are notified that power has been restored.
How Customers Can Prepare
- Use a cell phone or hard-wired phone. Cordless phones do not work without electricity.
- Use battery-operated flashlights, not candles, which may pose a fire hazard.
- Unplug or turn off all electric and heat-producing appliances (e.g., air conditioners, washers and dryers, ovens, stoves, irons) to avoid overloading circuits. Overloaded circuits can be a fire hazard once power is restored.
- Unplug televisions and computers that were in use when the power went out.
- Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed, and place extra containers of ice inside to preserve food. A full freezer will remain colder longer.
- Notify your alarm company if you have an alarm system. Equipment can be affected by outages.
- Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
- Reset clocks, thermostats and other programmed equipment after power is restored.
Backup power can be a vital part of any emergency preparedness plan in the event of a power outage. PG&E’s residential and business customers can review key considerations, safety tips, financing and retailer information by visiting pge.com/backuppower.
Monday morning, 24 Community Resource Centers (CRCs) in 14 counties will open to support customers affected by this event. View the most current list of CRCs at www.www.pge.com/pspsupdates. CRCs open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. for the remainder of the shutoff.
During a PSPS, PG&E opens CRCs where community members can access resources, including:
- A safe location to meet their basic power needs, such as charging medical equipment and electronic devices.
- Up-to-date information about the PSPS.
- Water, snacks and other essential items to reduce hardships to our customers.
To keep our customers and communities safe, all resource centers reflect appropriate COVID-19 health considerations and federal, state and county guidelines.