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OCT 29 PSPS UPDATE: PG&E Begins Shutting Power Off for Next Offshore Wind Event Impacting Approximately 597,000 Customers; Approximately 400,000 Customers from Oct. 26 PSPS Remain Impacted

10/29/2019

Nearly 70 Community Resource Centers in 29 Counties Available to Support Customers

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Due to a widespread dry, offshore wind event on Tuesday, Oct. 29, through midday Wednesday, Oct. 30, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed today that it is in the process of implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to approximately 597,000 customers in Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area, Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County. As of 1 p.m., approximately 500,000 customers are without electric service as a result of PSPS.

Approximately 400,000 customers who were originally impacted by the Oct. 26 PSPS event remain without service as part of the subsequent Oct. 29 event.

The dynamic and changing weather conditions and high fire risk means that some customers who are currently out of power from the October 26 event will remain out throughout the duration of the October 29 event. PG&E continues to analyze this wind event and the extent of shutoffs.

As of Tuesday morning, wind gusts in the 40–55 mph range are still expected across the northern Sierra and elevated terrain of the North Bay, with gusts to 35–40 mph in the East Bay and South Bay elevated terrain. While these wind predictions are less severe than the previous event, they still reach beyond the threshold that indicates potential for damage and hazards to the electric system.

Updated Restorations for Oct. 26 PSPS Event

As of 12:00 p.m. today, 573,954 customers (59%) had been restored from the October 26 shut off event in portions of the following counties: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

The restoration process for this event is complicated by the number of transmission lines included in this safety shutoff. Transmission lines require a longer period of time to reenergize to ensure the integrity of the electric grid.

All affected customers in Alpine and Plumas Counties have yet to be restored from this previous Oct. 26 event. These customers, along with others in portions of additional counties, may not have the opportunity to be restored prior to today’s safety shutoff. Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee when possible. A primary focus will be given to those customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.

October 29 Event 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 12:00 p.m. on October 29, 2019:

Time
Period

De-energization
Start

Counties

1

4 a.m., Tues 10/29

Butte, Plumas, Tehama, Trinity, Shasta

2

8 a.m., Tues 10/29

El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Yuba

3

4 p.m., Tues 10/29

Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne

4

7 a.m., Tues 10/29

Humboldt (South), Mendocino, Sonoma

5

7 a.m., Tues 10/29

Lake, Marin*, Napa, Solano, Yolo

6

7 p.m., Tues 10/29

Siskiyou, Humboldt (North)

7

10 p.m., Tues 10/29

Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo

8

10 p.m., Tues 10/29

Alameda, Contra Costa

9

9 p.m., Tues 10/29

Kern

A

8 a.m., Tues 10/29

Tehama, Shasta, Mendocino

B

4 p.m., Tues 10/29

Calaveras, Tuolumne

*Adjusted overnight to 7 a.m. due to changing conditions; previously scheduled for 11 p.m. Tuesday.

October 29 Event Counties and Customers Potentially Impacted

County

Customers

Medical
Baseline

Cities or unincorporated areas with some customers potentially impacted

Alameda

10,306

352

Castro Valley, Oakland, San Leandro, Sunol

Alpine

66

-

Bear Valley

Amador

10,565

570

Fiddletown, Jackson, Pioneer, Pine Grove, Sutter Creek, Volcano

Butte

15,820

1,131

Bangor, Berry Creek, Butte Meadows, Chico, Clipper Mills, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Magalia, Oroville, Paradise, Stirling City

Calaveras

19,486

520

Arnold, Avery, Bear Valley, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, San Andreas, Sheep Ranch, West Point, White Pines, Wilseyville

Contra Costa

204

4

Canyon, Moraga

El Dorado

34,606

1,643

Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Somerset, Twin Bridges

Humboldt

66,447

2,068

Alderpoint, Alton, Arcata, Bayside, Blocksburg, Blue Lake, Carlotta, Eureka, Ferndale, Fieldbrook, Fields Landing, Fortuna, Garberville, Honeydew, Hoopa, Hydesville, Kneeland, Korbel, Loleta, McKinleyville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Orick, Orleans, Petrolia, Phillipsville, Redcrest, Redway, Rio Del, Samoa, Scotia, Trinidad, Weott, Whitethorn, Willow Creek, Weitchpec

Kern

839

27

Arvin, Bakersfield, Lebec

Lake

37,441

2,170

Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Cobb, Finley, Glenhaven, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Loch Lomond, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Middletown, Nice, Upper Lake, Witter Springs

Marin

119,533

2,115

Belvedere, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Dillon Beach, Fairfax, Fallon, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael, San Quentin, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Tiburon, Tamales, Wood Acre

Mendocino

38,491

1,342

Albion, Boonville, Branscomb, Calpella, Caspar, Cloverdale, Comptche, Covelo, Cummings, Dos Rios, Elk, Fort Bragg, Gualala, Hopland, Laytonville, Leggett, Little River, Manchester, Mendocino, Navarro, Philo, Piercy, Point Arena, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Ukiah, Westport, Willits, Yorkville

Napa

16,820

436

American Canyon, Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Napa, Pope Valley, Rutherford, Oakville, Saint Helena, Yountville

Nevada

43,194

1,822

Grass Valley, Nevada City, Norden, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington

Placer

25,430

999

Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Lincoln, Meadow Vista, Newcastle, Penryn, Weimar

Plumas

785

6

Bellden, La Porte, Quincy, Storrie

San Mateo

13,209

242

El Granada, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Loma Mar, Montera, Moss Beach, Pescadero, San Gregorio, Redwood City, Woodside

Santa Clara

496

12

Cupertino, Los Gatos, Milpitas, San Jose

Santa Cruz

5,408

280

Boulder Creek, Davenport, Santa Cruz

Shasta

26,916

1598

Anderson, Bella Vista, Cottonwood, French Gulch, Igo, Lake Head, Millville, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Pala Cedro, Platina, Redding, Round Mountain, Shasta, Shingletown, Whiskeytown, Whitmore, Big Bend, Manton

Sierra

1,159

14

Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Sierra City, North San Juan

Siskiyou

51

-

Somes Bar

Solano

20,507

923

Vallejo, Suisun City, Vacaville, Fairfield

Sonoma

86,713

2721

Annapolis, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Camp Meeker, Cazadero, Cloverdale, Cotati, Duncan Mills, Forestville, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Graton, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Jenner, Kenwood, Monte Rio, Occidental, Penn Grove, Petaluma, Rio Nido, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Sea Ranch, Stewarts Point Valley Ford, Villa Grande, Windsor

Tehama

2,813

156

Corning, Flournoy, Los Molinos, Manton, Mill Creek, Mineral, Paskenta, Paynes Creek, Red Bluff

Trinity

1,046

39

Burnt Ranch, Salyer, Zenia

Tuolumne

9,406

294

Pine Crest, Strawberry, Twain Harte, Mi Wuk Village, Sonora, Tuolumne City

Yolo

527

15

Brooks, Guinda, Rumsey, Winters

Yuba

5,314

306

Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins Marysville, Oregon House, Rackerby, Smartsville, Strawberry Valley

The sole intent of a PSPS is to prevent a catastrophic wildfire sparked by electrical equipment during extreme weather events.

We know that winds generally above 45 mph are known to cause damage to the lower-voltage distribution system and winds above 50 mph are known to cause damage to higher-voltage transmission equipment.

For customers who are restored between events, PG&E urges them to use the time to charge any medical equipment, phones and other electronic devices and restock emergency kits.

How Customers Can Prepare

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

  • 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 numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets.
  • Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.

Community Resource Centers

For the Oct. 26 event, PG&E opened more than 60 Community Resource Centers across the affected area and is opening an additional six locations today. Most of these centers will remain active during the Oct. 29 event and will be open during daylight hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., until power has been restored. The centers provide restrooms, bottled water, ice, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100. Locations of these centers are listed at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com and www.pge.com/news.

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