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PSPS UPDATE: PG&E Has Shut Off Power for Safety During Dry NortherlyWind Event, Affecting About 8,400 Customers in Small Portions of EightCounties

 _Safety Shutoffs Began Wednesday, August 30 at 2:00 a.m. PT_

  _Weather All Clears Anticipated in the Afternoon Wednesday, August 30,
Allowing Power Restoration to Begin_

OAKLAND, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirms
that it is in the process of implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff
(PSPS) affecting about 8,400 customers in two tribal areas and small
portions of eight counties. The first wave of targeted safety shutoffs
began Wednesday, August 30 around 2:00 a.m. Pacific Time with the last
wave of targeted safety shutoffs expected to be completed around 5:30
a.m. PT.

According to PG&E meteorologists, the primary period of concern is early
Wednesday morning, where wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected to spread
southward down the western Sacramento Valley and adjacent terrain.
Relative humidity values may fall to 10%-20% in the Sacramento
Valley. This has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red
Flag Warning for the greater Sacramento Valley with the highest threat
mainly along and west of Interstate 5.

As a result of this wind event, combined with low humidity and extremely
dry vegetation, PG&E began notifying customers – via text, email, and
automated phone call—on Monday, August 28 approximately two days prior
to the potential shutoffs. PG&E then sent one-day advance notifications
on Tuesday, August 29 to customers in areas where PG&E anticipated
needing to proactively turn off power for safety to reduce the risk of
wildfire from energized power lines. PG&E also contacted customers, as
well as agencies, tribes and counties, in the hours prior to the
de-energization process.

Timeline for Safety Shutoffs
Times below may change (earlier or later) dependent on the dynamic
weather environment. Times below as of 2:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, August
30, 2023:

De-energization Start



Pit River Tribes (Shasta)












Grindstone Rancheria (Glenn)







* Counties/Tribes may fall into multiple de-energization time places

PG&E anticipates weather “all clears” will occur as early as
Wednesday, August 30, in the afternoon with varying times depending on
individual locations.

Affected Counties

Customers can look up their address at [1] to
see if they are included in the potential safety shutoff.

The shutoff is expected to affect approximately 8,400 customers in these

  ·         Butte County: 349 customers, 23 Medical Baseline customers

  ·         Colusa County: 531 customers, 38 Medical Baseline customers

  ·         Glenn County: 365 customers, 19 Medical Baseline customers

  ·         Lake County: 50 customers, 3 Medical Baseline customers

  ·         Napa County: 8 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers

  ·         Shasta County: 3,813 customers, 355 Medical Baseline

  ·         Tehama County: 3,249 customers, 352 Medical Baseline

  ·         Yolo County: 30 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customer

Restoration Expected to Begin later on Wednesday, August 30

PG&E anticipates notifying customers on Wednesday afternoon when the
weather system has passed and will provide continuous updates on when to
expect the power to turn back on.

Once conditions are clear, PG&E electric crews will begin patrolling and
check de-energized lines for hazards or damage to make sure it is safe
to restore power. Restoration steps include:

  ·         Inspect: PG&E crews will work to visually inspect for
potential weather-related damage to the lines, poles and towers.

  ·         Repair: Where equipment damage is found, PG&E crews work to
isolate the damaged area from the rest of the system so other parts of
the system can be restored.

  ·         Restore: Once the poles, towers and lines are safe to
energize, PG&E’s Control Center can complete the process and restore
power to affected areas.

  ·         Notification: Customers are notified that power has been

How Customers Can Prepare

  ·         Use a cell phone or hard-wired phone. Cordless phones do not
work without electricity.

  ·         Use battery-operated flashlights, not candles, which may
pose a fire hazard.

  ·         Unplug or turn off all electric and heat-producing
appliances (e.g., air conditioners, washers and dryers, ovens, stoves,
irons) to avoid overloading circuits. Overloaded circuits can be a fire
hazard once power is restored.

  ·         Unplug televisions and computers that were in use when the
power went out.

  ·         Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns.

  ·         Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed, and place extra
containers of ice inside to preserve food. A full freezer will remain
colder longer.

  ·         Notify your alarm company if you have an alarm system.
Equipment can be affected by outages.

  ·         Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions
return to normal.

  ·         Reset clocks, thermostats and other programmed equipment
after power is restored.

Generator Safety

Backup power can be a vital part of any emergency preparedness plan in
the event of a power outage. PG&E’s residential and business customers
can review key considerations, safety tips, financing and retailer
information by visiting

Customer Support

On Wednesday, eight Community Resource Centers (CRCs) in five counties
will open to support customers affected by this event. View the most
current list of CRCs at [2]. CRCs open at 8 a.m.
and close at 10 p.m. for the remainder of the shutoff.

During a PSPS, PG&E opens CRCs where community members can access
resources, including:

  ·         A safe location to meet their basic power needs, such as
charging medical equipment and electronic devices.

  ·         Up-to-date information about the PSPS.

  ·         Water, snacks and other essential items to reduce hardships
to our customers.

Why PG&E Calls a PSPS Event

The sole purpose of a PSPS is to reduce the risk of major wildfires
during severe weather. While a PSPS is an important wildfire safety
tool, PG&E understands that losing power disrupts lives.

We initiate a PSPS event when the weather forecast is for such severe
weather that people’s safety, lives, homes and businesses may be in
danger of wildfires.

As each weather situation is unique, we carefully review a combination
of factors when deciding if power must be turned off. These factors

  ·         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 vegetation.

  ·         A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service

  ·         Real-time observations from our network of more than 1,500
weather stations.

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

Every wildfire season is different, and the ongoing drought and the
conditions will determine the number of times we will need to shut off
power, without compromising safety.

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

Here’s Where to Learn More

  ·         PG&E’s emergency website ( [3]) is
now available in 16 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog,
Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi, Arabic, Hmong, Khmer, Punjabi,
Japanese, Thai, Portuguese and Hindi. Customers will 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
1-800-742-5000, where in-language support is available.

  ·         Tenants and non-account holders can sign up to receive PSPS
ZIP Code Alerts for any area where you do not have a PG&E account by
visiting [5].

  ·         At PG&E’s Safety Action
Center ( [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 necessary.

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

  ·         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 areas.

  ·         We continue to reduce the impact of Public Safety Power
Shutoffs (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 [9].

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