PG&E May Cut Power Again This Week To Northern California Customers

Nov 17, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric may shut off power again to customers in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay this week because of possible fire weather. 

The utility said in a statement Sunday that its teams are monitoring the forecast, which currently predicts high winds for Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“At present, projections reflect a possible weather event similar to previous PSPS [public safety power shutoff] events that impacted about 180,000 customers,” PG&E said.

The National Weather Service says dry weather early this week will be followed by gusty winds Wednesday into Thursday for parts of Northern California, potentially increasing the risk of fires. 

Hundreds of homes were destroyed this fall by large wildfires across the state. Last month, PG&E shut-off power to millions of people to try and prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires amid dry weather and historically strong winds.

PG&E began a policy of cutting power to prevent fires in October of last year, one month before the Camp Fire killed 84 people in Butte County. That fire has since been blamed on PG&E equipment, which the utility decided not to shut off in the hours preceding it.

PG&E customers can sign up for updates and monitor updates from the utility on its website.

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