PG&E Begins to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across California

PG&E Press Release

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PG&E confirmed that it has implemented the first phase of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) across significant portions of its service area in response to a widespread, severe wind event.

The Public Safety Power Shutoff will occur in three phases, with the first phase impacting approximately 513,000 customers beginning at 12 a.m. Wednesday morning. Customer impacts will include: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.

The second phase of the Public Safety Power Shutoff will occur around 12:00pm on Wednesday afternoon, impacting service to approximately 234,000 customers in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Joaquin, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

A third phase is being considered for the southernmost portions of PG&E’s service area, impacting approximately 42,000 customers. Specific locations are still to be determined.

The decision to turn off power was based on forecasts of dry, hot and windy weather including potential fire risk. Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 60 to 70 mph at higher elevations.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations.

How our customers can prepare

As part of these preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Update their contact information at com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743- 6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a PSPS.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency contacts
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind elderly family members, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at www.pge.com/psps.
  • Continue to monitor PG&E’s new weather forecasting web page at www.pge.com/weather which is a dedicated page with weather forecasting information and a daily 7-day PSPS lookahead.

To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E has opened Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday morning. The centers are located at: 

CountyCityLocation
ButteOrovilleBird Street School, 1421 Bird St, Oroville 95965
ButteMagalia14144 Lakeridge Court, Magalia 95954
El DoradoPlacervilleEl Dorado Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville 95667
LakeClear LakeClearlake Senior Center 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake 95422
NapaNapaCalistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Parking Lot – 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo CA 94589
NapaCalistogaCalistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515
Santa ClaraSan JoseAvaya Stadium 1123 Coleman Avenue, San Jose 95110
NevadaGrass ValleySierra College Grass Valley 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley 95945
Contra CostaSan RamonBishop Ranch Parking Lot – 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583
CalaverasArnoldMeadowmont Shopping Center – 2182 HWY 4, Arnold 95223
San MateoHalf Moon BayPasta Moon Restaurant, 845 Main St Half Moon Bay 94019
PlacerAuburnGold Country Fairgrounds 1273 High Street Auburn 95603
Shasta, TehamaRedding, Cottonwood, Red BluffShasta College, 11555 Old Oregon Trail Redding 96003
SolanoVacavilleMission Church 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville 95687
SonomaSanta Rosa, SonomaSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa 95404
AlamedaOaklandMerritt College LOT B – Leona St., Oakland 94508
TuolumneSonoraMother Lode Fairgrounds 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora 95370
Santa CruzAptosTwin Lakes Church 2701 Cabrillo College Dr, Aptos 95003
AmadorPioneerMace Meadows Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive Pioneer 95666
MendocinoUkiah1775 N. State Street, Ukiah 95482
YoloWintersNext to PG&E Gas Academy Intersection of E. Grant Avenue & Timber Crest Road Winters, CA 95694
Colusa, GlennWilliams, Orland839 Newville Road, Orland 95963
MariposaCoultervilleCoulterville Fire Dept – 10293 Ferry Road, Coulterville 95311
SierraSierra CityLoganville Campground parking lot – HWY 49, Sierra City 96125
StanislausWestleyWestley Hotel – 8615 CA-33, Westley 95387
PlumasLa Porte2140 Main St. La Porte 95981
El DoradoEl Dorado HillsRolling Hills Christian Church 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills 95762
YubaOregon House9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House 95962

3 COMMENTS

  1. Now they’re concerned with safety, after they killed people in San Mateo county and destroyed Northern California’s forests. Time to end the PG&E monopoly. Wake up America.

  2. PG&E, as bad as it is, definitely needs “encouragement” to better manage it’s infrastructure. But breaking it up doesn’t ensure that what emerges will be any better.

    “Nationalizing” it (having a public state agency take it over) as the left wing proposes is a sure recipe for disaster. California’s state government can’t manage anything – look at CALTRANS and DMV.

  3. Robert, also look at California’s unfunded liability. Newsom spends like an open checkbook with no overdraw protection (except raising your taxes).The problem is most people do not realize that excess money should be spent to buy down the pension debt because they are unaware each of us in California owes the state 80,000 dollars. The public employee retirement is 1 TRILLION in debt underfunded for just Cal. Government has no business in running a business.

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