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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/07/2019 09:54 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/07/2019 09:54 AM
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Possible PG&E Public Safety Power Shut Off Wednesday Morning

San Andreas, CA....Yesterday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) notified the Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services of a possible Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) event that would affect portions of Calaveras County. This morning, Calaveras County OES participated in a conference call with PG&E, and confirmed that a PSPS is likely to affect Calaveras County sometime Wednesday morning, October 9, 2019. This situation is evolving, and further information will follow as it is developed. We expect to have an update by this evening that will include affected area maps, and resiliency center location(s).

PG&E’s outages may occur in response to localized weather conditions and may not be fully known until the day of the event. The decision to turn off the power and the speed at which it is restored is planned and managed solely by PG&E. Citizens are strongly urged to prepare for being without power for several days. PG&E will attempt to notify customers of PSPS outages through calls, texts, and emails using the contact information that PG&E has on file. Be sure your contact information is up-to-date with PG&E at

Calaveras County is preparing to minimize potential negative impacts of any PSPS events. It is the goal of Calaveras County to continue to provide critical county services during any PSPS event. Residents may experience short interruptions in some non-essential County services during a PSPS event.

Calaveras County would like to remind our community that it is important to be prepared and have a plan. Prepare for outages that may occur at any time and may last several days. Visit for detailed information about preparing for power outages.


During a power outage, conserve water. Minimize water usage to only critical health and safety needs. Uninterrupted power is required to operate water and sewer treatment plants along with the water distribution and sewer collection system 24/7. Importantly, all County residents must be prepared to respond to the call for water conservation efforts.

  • Keep vehicles fueled in preparation for extended outages. Gas station pumps will not work during power outages.

  • Plan for medical needs such as medications that may require refrigeration or devices that need power.

  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.

  • Build or restock your emergency kit with food, water, necessary medication, flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, and cash. Enough supplies for one week. Remember that retail stores (grocery, pharmacy, etc.) and restaurants may be closed during prolonged outages.

  • Sign up for safety information on Nixle at or by texting your zip code to Nixle at 888777

  • Make sure you can receive updated information from PG&E by updating your contact information at


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Here's An Idea
Posted on: 2019-10-07 10:07:42   By: Anonymous
To avoid shut offs, how about trimming trees back more than 12 feet?
In other areas of the US power companies use wider rights of way clearances, why not here?

I watched the Mario bros trimming the trees back last week. It is sad how they are limited to 12 feet.In a year or 2 at most, the trees will have to be trimmed back again.

PG&E has a cheaper solution for them- power shut offs, too bad for us.

It's time we demand further clearances of right of ways.

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    Re: Here's An Idea
    Posted on: 2019-10-07 10:18:39   By: Anonymous
    I remember when the electric was shut off so that the new system - deregulation was used as a ploy to shut off the power and save the new power brokers $ and show their power over us. This is how large capitalism works , the damage done is too bad for the people. The power shut offs were a fraud then, and the power shuts are a fraud now, all to save PG&E $ , screw us . PG&E needs to repair their infrastructure and harden it for our safety. The dry season, winds are not new , PG&E's neglect of maintenance is. With time , the deficiencies are being shown, PG&E needs to restore their system to reliability, and end the shut offs.

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      Re: Here's An Idea
      Posted on: 2019-10-07 10:30:44   By: Anonymous
      It did occur to me that with my power off I will not be paying PG&E anything. They don't get paid with the power off.

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        Re: Here's An Idea
        Posted on: 2019-10-07 12:40:03   By: Anonymous
        If we all go to solar and wind. We still need transmission line Einstein. Unless you have on personal property.

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      Re: Here's An Idea
      Posted on: 2019-10-07 15:41:02   By: Anonymous
      This is not solely pg&e's fault. Let's not forget the state and federal environmental regulations that prohibit proper logging and maintenance of our forests and wildland areas.

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    Re: Here's An Idea
    Posted on: 2019-10-07 15:22:21   By: Anonymous
    Good point, they also need to clear the ground of any vegetation not just 12 feet around the power line

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-07 10:59:18   By: Anonymous
This just gives more reason and perfect opportunity for everyone to be moving towards solar, wind and generator power and not be burdened by this power play anymore.

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    Posted on: 2019-10-07 12:41:37   By: Anonymous
    I have 11K solar. I have 2 meters, 3 wells, irrigate extensively, corn, alfalfa, for hogs, poultry, a large garden , orchard, 2 large chest freezers, 4 refrigerators an evap cooler.
    I have not had a usage bill in 3 years. I do have a connection fee -$9.86 on each meter monthly. I will pay off my owner built solar system in 8-9 years. The expected life of the system is 25-30years. It depends on the quality of the panels used.
    You will have a possible reduction for a service interruption for the days of service interruption , maybe. Going solar was one of my best decisions.

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      Re: Solar
      Posted on: 2019-10-07 20:46:37   By: Anonymous
      If you don't have battery back up for Solar storage, you too will be out of power when PGE cuts the juice for those of us without the added expense of solar systems.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-07 12:43:52   By: Anonymous
Lived here 22 years never had the power out never had a fire at hand this is just BULL SH__! If you take care of your property as you should there would be no problem PG&E is just a RIP OFF always has been they just are pissed because they had to pay out for the fires!!!

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    Posted on: 2019-10-07 15:13:16   By: Anonymous
    Stop your damn complaining and purchase a stand-by generator for your house. If the power goes out it will automatically turn on and your whole house will have electricity. I have had mine for several years and it is worth the investment.

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      Re: /\/\ buy a generator
      Posted on: 2019-10-07 17:52:13   By: Anonymous
      Newsflash: There are a lot of unfortunate folks up here who can't afford generators so what are they supposed to do? Put yourself in their shoes!

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        Re: /\/\ buy a generator
        Posted on: 2019-10-07 18:24:08   By: Anonymous
        If they can afford a house in Arnold then they can afford a generator. Stop spending your money on drugs and buy a generator.

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          Re: /\/\ buy a generator
          Posted on: 2019-10-07 22:37:46   By: Anonymous
          The same folks complain about climate. Yet want California to go solar and wind power we still need transmission lines miles and miles. If you live in a city a town somewhere that doesn’t allow generators. What about those folks. The ones complaining should maybe use some that smoke climate change folks blow up your ass. Push it out make some solar power. Oh by the way what fracking and a dirty fuel does that generator run off of. You Libby got get facts straight.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-07 15:51:00   By: Anonymous

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