Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is warning residents to get ready for more power shutoffs to prevent another wildfire catastrophe. But the warning comes amid concurrent disasters already plaguing California.
The Public Safety Power Shutoff event that started Monday left 172,000 customers in 22 counties, including Napa and Sonoma counties, without power.
At least 88 percent of an estimated 172,000 customers in 22 counties across California affected by PG&E's latest Public Safety Power Shutoff have had service restored, PG&E officials said Wednesday evening.
Pacific Gas and Electric crews are still working to restore power for thousands of customers around the state and here in the Bay Area after the latest round of Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
The targeted outages that began overnight to about 167,000 homes and businesses in central and Northern California are the first by Pacific Gas & Electric since critics blasted last year’s shut-offs as poorly executed and overly broad. Customers were still without power on Wednesday morning, but the utility said if all goes well, power will be restored by evening.
Specifically, the Public Safety Power Shutoff event is affecting those who live in these counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yuba.
The electric company said it will turn off power to customers in three phases, the first of which begins on Monday night around 9 p.m. PG&E hopes to have power fully restored by Wednesday at 7 p.m.
PG&E is now telling customers to be prepared.
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PG&E officials held nearly 300 meetings over the last year to tailor its resource centers to the needs of those most at risk of wildfires across the state while maintaining public safety.
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PG&E owed Bay Area Concrete Recycling millions of dollars when it abruptly terminated its business relationship this year.
The organization that oversees California's power grid does not expect large-scale power outages Wednesday, provided that residents across the state conserve energy during peak hours the way they did the previous three days.
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California is on standby, until 11 p.m. for possible rolling blackouts if relentless demand for power is not tempered.
PG&E again warned its customers to expect power outages up to two hours long on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
However, grid managers warned that the threat of outages remained as temperatures were expected to hit triple digits again in many areas of the state. The National Weather Service said it may take until Friday or Saturday before excess heat watches and warnings ease.
Millions of residents were spared of blackouts on Monday night. The operator of California’s electric grid said it didn't have to implement rolling outages because enough people conserved power.
Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents spent part of the record-breaking heat wave without power, including dozens of families in South San Jose who were without power for days.
PG&E said these blackouts are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs and are not related to any issues with the electric company's equipment.