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Earlier today, PG&E proactively shut off power for safety forapproximately 1,100 customers in Tehama County and nearly 60 in Lake and Napa counties

Earlier today, PG&E proactively shut off power for safety for
approximately 1,100 customers in Tehama County and nearly 60 in Lake and
Napa counties. As weather conditions have improved, “all-clear”
notifications have allowed PG&E crews to begin inspection of the
affected powerlines before re-energizing them. Currently, all affected
customers that can be restored will be re-energized by this evening. For
the latest outage information, please visit [1].
This website is available in 16 languages.

You can also visit [2] for the latest.


As a follow up, at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20,
PG&E shut off power to approximately 1,110 customers in small portions
of Tehama County, as part of the planned Public Safety Power Shutoff
(PSPS) event for that area. In other areas, the weather has not—at
this time—materialized as models forecasted and we have delayed
turning off power. We have notified customers of this delay and the
continued possibility of shutoffs this morning. We will continue to keep
customers and members of the public updated on our progress.

Customers can find the latest information on this event and available
support resources at This website is available in
16 languages.


PG&E Meteorology is monitoring potential locally breezy, dry, north
winds in portions of eight counties and two tribal areas in northern
California on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Approximately 4,200 customers will be
impacted by this potential shutoff. In some counties (Napa & Yolo),
fewer than 11 customers could be affected if the adverse conditions
materialize. Please refer to the following news release for more

Given that the scope of this PSPS event is relatively small, please
conduct your outreach in the impacted areas ONLY IF YOU SEE FIT.
Impacted customers will be receiving notifications via text, email and
automated phone calls about the potential shutoffs today. To check if
their location is being monitored for the safety shutoff, customers can
visit [1] and enter their address online. This
website is available in 16 languages.

PG&E’s Medical Baseline Program participants must verify their receipt
of vital safety communications. To ensure their well-being, PG&E
employees will conduct individual, in-person visits, with a primary
focus on customers relying on electricity for critical life-sustaining
equipment.  At PG&E, we are determined to stop catastrophic wildfires.
The Public Safety Power Shutoff is a last-resort tool in helping us
reduce wildfire risk in the communities we serve. We understand that
being without power is difficult for our customers, especially in areas
that experience multiple outages. We appreciate our customers’
patience as we work to safely deliver their electricity. 


September 19, 2023

Forecasted Dry, Northerly Winds Mean PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn
Off Power for Safety for Approximately 4,200 Customers in Eight Counties
and Two Tribal Communities Starting Wednesday Evening

_The Majority of Affected Customers Would Be in Tehama and Shasta

_PG&E is Sending Advanced Notifications to Customers Who Might Be
Affected _

_ _

_PG&E’s Emergency Operations Center is Open and Company Meteorologists
and Operations Professionals are Monitoring the Situation _

_ _

OAKLAND, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
meteorologists and operations professionals along with weather agencies
are monitoring a potential dry, northerly wind event forecasted to start
Wednesday evening and extending into Thursday morning.  Given the wind
event and current conditions including dry vegetation, PG&E has begun
sending advanced notifications to customers—via text, email and
automated phone call—in targeted areas where PG&E may need to
proactively turn power off for safety to reduce the risk of ignitions
from energized powerlines.

Predictive Services Northern Operations, a federal forecasting agency,
is also forecasting High Fire Potential risk Wednesday into Thursday for
northerly wind gusts up to 40 mph. The Sacramento National Weather
Service Office stated northerly winds develop Wednesday into Thursday
with gusts 30 – 35 bring enhanced fire weather concerns for portions
of the Sacramento Valley.

The potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) could start around 6
p.m. on Wednesday affecting approximately 4,200 customers in small
portions of eight counties and two tribal communities, mostly the
northern Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills.

Conditions may change following the distribution of this media alert.
PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, as well as its Emergency Operations
Center and its Hazard Awareness & Warning Center (HAWC), continue to
closely monitor conditions. We will share additional customer
notifications as conditions evolve.

PG&E representatives will make individual, in-person visits, when
possible, to customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline
Program [3] who do not verify they have received these important safety
communications, with a primary focus on customers who rely on
electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.

Potentially Affected Customers, Counties, and Tribal Communities

Customers can look up their address online to find out if their location
is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at [1].

The potential shutoff is currently expected to affect approximately
4,200 customers across the following counties and tribal communities:

        * Butte County: 435 customers, 36 Medical Baseline customers
        * Colusa County: 484 customers, 37 Medical Baseline customers
        * Glenn County: 349 customers, 18 Medical Baseline customers
        * Lake County: 186 customers, 20 Medical Baseline customers
        * Napa County: 7 customers, 0 Medical Baseline Customers
        * Shasta County: 1,558 customers, 131 Medical Baseline customers
        * Tehama County: 1,117 customers, 124Medical Baseline customers
        * Yolo County: 10 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
        * Grindstone Rancheria: 48 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
        * Pit River Tribes: 8 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers

Here’s what PG&E customers should know:

Why PG&E Calls a PSPS Event

PG&E initiates PSPS when the fire-weather forecast is severe enough that
people’s safety, lives, homes and businesses may be in danger of
wildfires. Our overarching goal is to stop catastrophic wildfires by
proactively turning off power when extreme weather threatens our
electric grid. We recognize that PSPS outages create hardships for our
customers and communities. Our sole focus is to keep our customers safe.

As each weather situation is unique, we carefully review a combination
of factors when deciding if power must be turned off. These factors
include but are not limited to:

        * Low humidity levels, generally 30% and below.
        * A forecast of high winds, particularly sustained winds above 19 miles
per hour and wind gusts above 30-40 miles per hour.
        * Condition of dry material on the ground and low moisture content of
        * A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service.
        * Real-time ground observations from our crews working across the
service area.

Our decision-making process also accounts for the presence of trees tall
enough to strike powerlines.

This set of criteria is a first step which may lead to further analysis
by our meteorology team to determine if a PSPS event is necessary.

Here’s Where to Learn More

        * PG&E’s emergency website ( [1]) is now
available in 16 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Russian,
Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi, Arabic, Hmong, Khmer, Punjabi, Japanese,
Thai, Portuguese and Hindi. Customers have the opportunity to choose
their language of preference for viewing the information when visiting
the website.
        * Customers are encouraged to update their contact information and
indicate their preferred language for notifications by visiting [4] or by calling 1-800-743-5000, where
in-language support is available.
        * Tenants and non-account holders can sign up to receive PSPS ZIP Code
Alerts for any area they you do not have a PG&E account by visiting [1].
        * At PG&E’s Safety Action Center [5] (
[6]) customers can prepare for emergencies. By using the «Make Your Own
Emergency Plan» tool and answering a few short questions, visitors to
the website can compile and organize the important information needed
for a personalized family emergency plan. This includes phone numbers,
escape routes and a family meeting location if an evacuation is

PG&E’s Commitment to Wildfire Safety

Using advanced technologies and rebuilding the electric system from the
underground up, we are preventing wildfires, improving reliability and
reducing costs over the long term. We are building the energy grid of
the future that our customers deserve while also taking immediate steps
to keep customers safe.

Our wildfire prevention work relies on layers of protection to make our
system safer and more resilient while positioning us to better serve our
customers in the short and long term. These tools help us respond to our
state’s evolving climate challenges:

        * Our 10,000-mile Undergrounding Program is the largest effort in the
U.S. to underground powerlines as a wildfire risk reduction measure.
        * In addition to undergrounding, we are strengthening the electric
system with stronger poles and covered powerlines in and near high
fire-risk areas.
        * Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) decrease ignitions and
provide wildfire protection to all customers living in high fire-risk
        * We continue to reduce the impact of PSPS. While there were no
weather-driven PSPS outages in 2022, it continues to be a top focus for
our team.
        * We are managing trees and other vegetation located near powerlines
that could cause a power outage and/or ignition.
        * We are also investing in advanced tools and technologies like
artificial intelligence and drones that help us automate fire detection
and response.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation [7]
(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 [8] and [6]. [9] | [10]

You can read about PG&E’s data privacy practices here [11] or at [12].


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