Preventative Power Shutoffs Begin in California as Winds Bring Wildfire Risks

On October 9, 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced 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.”


According to the announcement: “The first phase impacts approximately 513,000 customers beginning at 12 a.m. Wednesday morning.” “The second phase of the Public Safety Power Shutoff will occur around 12:00pm on Wednesday afternoon, impacting service to approximately 234,000 customers….” “A third phase is being considered for the southernmost portions of PG&E’s service area, impacting approximately 42,000 customers.”


For more information, view PG&E’s October 9 press release here: https://www.pgecurrents.com/2019/10/09/pge-begins-to-proactively-turn-off-power-for-safety-to-nearly-800000-customers-across-northern-and-central-california/


Southern California Edison announced that it is considering preventative power outages due to wildfire risks.


For more information, view SCE’s web site here:

https://www.scemaintenance.com/content/sce-maintenance/en/psps.html

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