PG&E Begins Issuing Weather ‘All Clear’ in Some Locations Following Monday, October 11th Public Safety Power Shutoff
Company Expects To Restore All Customers Affected by Oct. 11 PSPS Before Next PSPS Would Begin
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews are patrolling lines de-energized during Monday’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), after company meteorologists began issuing the weather “all-clear” for portions of areas affected by safety shutoffs. Restorations have begun where possible. Scope of the event impacted less than one-half of one percent of all PG&E customers.
PG&E is also monitoring weather forecasts that could bring high winds to parts of the company’s service area Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
PSPS Restoration for October 11 event
As it becomes safe to do so, PG&E crews will patrol 2,549 transmission and distribution lines to ensure that no damage or hazards exist before those lines are re-energized and those customers restored. Efforts related to this PSPS event will include up to 1,494 ground patrol units and 43 helicopters.
The PSPS event, which began early Monday morning (Oct. 11), affected about 24,000 customers in targeted parts of 23 counties that experienced high, sustained offshore winds amid extreme to exceptional drought conditions. Wind gusts in PSPS de-energized areas with some of the largest customer impacts were observed as follows: Butte: 55 mph, Shasta: 52 mph Tehama: 47 mph.
Restoration steps include:
Inspect – Our crews will work to visually inspect for potential weather-related damage to the lines, poles and towers. This is done by foot, vehicle and air.
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.
Notify Customers – Customers are notified that power has been restored.
For more information on this PSPS event, visit www.pge.com/pspsupdates.
Potential PSPS beginning late Wednesday evening
Another weather system is entering the PG&E service area forecasted to include dry offshore winds to portions of the Northern, Central and Southern regions of the company’s service area beginning late Wednesday evening. PG&E meteorologists and operations professionals are closely monitoring this potentially dry offshore wind event that may lead to a targeted Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
PG&E continues to support customers affected by PSPS events. View the most current list of CRCs at www.pge.com/pspsupdates. CRCs opened Monday at 8 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m. for the remainder of the shutoff.
During a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), we open 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.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.