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PG&E Anticipates Turning Off the Power for Safety Starting Late Monday Afternoon in Nine Counties in Sierra Foothills and North Bay

09/23/2019

To Support Customers, PG&E to Open Community Resource Centers in Impacted Areas

PG&E Continues to Monitor Hot, Dry and Windy Weather Across the Same Region for Potential Second Event on Tuesday Night

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to monitor hot, dry and windy weather over the next few days and anticipates that it will need to shut off power for safety in nine Northern California counties starting Monday evening (September 23). Those areas include portions of Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sutter and Yuba counties in the Sierra foothills and Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties in the North Bay.

Late Monday Afternoon (September 23) Event

This potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) could affect approximately 124,000 customers in the nine counties.

Customers who may potentially be impacted include:

County

Customer Count

Butte

22,920

El Dorado

3,640

Nevada

12,950

Placer

22,180

Sutter

230

Yuba

5,240

Lake

12,840

Napa

10,500

Sonoma

33,500

Elevated weather conditions, including potential fire risk, are forecasted to begin around 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, with the peak period of fire risk forecasted to last until 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 24.

PG&E will make a final decision on whether to proceed with the Public Safety Power Shutoff late Monday morning. If a decision is made to proceed with a PSPS for these counties, it is anticipated to take place during the late afternoon or evening hours on Monday.

Community Resource Centers

To support customers in the potentially impacted counties, PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in multiple locations on Tuesday, September 24, at 8:00 a.m. The centers will be open during daylight hours only and will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 customers each. The centers are located at:

Auburn Gold County Fairgrounds
1273 High Street
Auburn, Ca

Sierra College Grass Valley Campus
213 and 250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Taylor’s Restaurant
3600 Taylor Rd.
Loomis, CA

Oroville Union High School
1674 3rd Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965

Oregon House
9185 Marysville Road
Yuba City, CA

PG&E will announce additional locations for Community Resource Centers tomorrow before the PSPS is initiated.

Tuesday Evening (September 24) Event

PG&E is also tracking a similar weather event in the same general geographic region for Tuesday evening, September 24.

Elevated weather conditions, including potential fire risk, are forecasted to begin around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, with the peak period of fire risk forecasted to last until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25.

Once it is safe and crews are cleared to do so, PG&E will conduct safety inspections, execute any needed repairs and commence restoration.

General Updates

PG&E provided early warning notification of the Public Safety Power Shutoff and will share updates until power is restored. Out of an abundance of caution, PG&E began providing notice to customers in advance of this safety event through automated phone calls, texts, social media and emails on Saturday, September 21.

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

  • Stay informed on the latest Public Safety Power Shutoff updates at www.pge.com/pspsupdates. Customers also can enter their address and find out if their home or business is served by an electric line that may be impacted by this event.
  • Update their contact information at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers in advance of turning off their electric service for safety, when and where possible.
  • Prepare for and practice an emergency plan to keep themselves and their families emergency-ready and safe during an outage. Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at www.pge.com/psps.

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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Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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