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With Dry Offshore Winds Again in Forecast, PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to About 29,000 Customers Starting Early Thursday


ENP Newswire  

 

    SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists continue to monitor a potential weather system that could bring dry offshore winds to parts of Northern and Central California beginning in the early morning hours Thursday-the second such wind event this week.

    Given this wind event, combined with extreme to exceptional drought and extremely dry vegetation, PG&E is sending two-day advance notifications to approximately 29,000 customers in small, targeted portions of 19 counties and four tribes where PG&E may need to implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized power lines.

    Customer notifications-via text, email and automated phone call-began today, two days prior to the potential shutoff. Customers can also look up their address online to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at http://www.pge.com/pspsupdates">www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

    Also today, PG&E continued patrolling lines de-energized during Monday's PSPS event and restoring power. All of the approximately 24,000 customers by this first event are expected to be restored by late tonight.

    During a PSPS, PG&E offers support to customers by opening Community Resource Centers with snacks, water, and other essential items; partnering with community-based organizations to assist customers with medical and independent living needs and continuing to update our customers on power restoration status. Details about customer support programs are available at http://www.pge.com/pspsupdates">www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

    About PG&E

    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.

    Contact:

    Tel: 415-973-5930

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