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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/10/2019 01:08 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/10/2019 01:11 PM
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Power Restoration Begins as 126,000 Customers Restored, Current Impacted Count is 600,000

San Francisco, CA...On Thursday morning, October 10, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reported that improving weather conditions in some parts of the areas affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) have allowed for safety inspections, repairs and restoration in some areas to begin. Approximately 126,000 customers were restored by 6 a.m. Thursday. There are still currently approximately 600,000 customers without power as a result of the PSPS event, which began on early Wednesday.




Updates

There were no reported fires related to PG&E equipment in the PSPS impact zone.
As of 6 a.m. Thursday, peak wind gusts — a major factor in the decision to implement a PSPS — have been recorded at 77 mph at Mt. St. Helena West in Sonoma County and 75 mph at Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County since midnight. Both of these areas were de-energized in the PSPS action.

The company has received many preliminary reports of vegetation-related damage to its equipment in these areas.
A third phase for portions of Kern County is scheduled for late morning Thursday. Due to changing weather forecasts, PG&E now expects this event to impact approximately 4,000 customers. Earlier forecasts predicted impacts to 40,000 customers in this area.

Safety inspections, repairs and power restoration will begin in specific areas once a weather "all clear" is given.
Customers not impacted by the PSPS may experience power outages due to PG&E equipment damaged during this major event.

Resources standing by to support the restoration include more than 6,300 on-the-ground field personnel and 45 helicopters. Crews will conduct visual inspections and will make repairs as necessary if any damage is found.
The number of circuit-miles requiring inspection includes nearly 25,000 miles of distribution lines and 2,500 miles of transmission lines, a combined distance measuring longer than a trip around the circumference of the Earth.

"We faced a choice between hardship or safety, and we chose safety. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience and the hardship, but we stand by the decision because the safety of our customers and communities must come first," said Michael Lewis, Senior Vice President, Electric Operations.

Weather Updates
Dangerous weather conditions are expected to continue in parts of the Sierra Foothills and Bay Area until midday Thursday. Similar conditions in Kern County are beginning late morning Thursday and lasting through midday Friday.

For restoration to begin, the company must inspect its affected equipment to ensure no damage has occurred to its equipment. As of 10 a.m., the company has not issued an "all clear" for the Bay Area. Inspection patrols take place during daytime hours.

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-10 13:44:12   By: Anonymous
 
Profanity

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-10 13:55:28   By: Anonymous
 
Screw you PG&E. You shut down power when it's 72 degrees and sunny with an occasional light breeze, and justify it by saying it was windy 100 miles away at the top of a mountain? And now we're supposed to be patient while you clean up a mess of your own making? Just be honest and admit you did it to get even for the fact you were sued into bankruptcy.

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Let's get it back on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: 2019-10-10 14:26:58   By: Anonymous
 
Let's get it back on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Extortion
    Posted on: 2019-10-10 14:43:55   By: Anonymous
     
    This shut off was at best extortion. There must be some monetary benefit to PG&E at our expense.
    The winds in 80% of the outage area were moderate to low. If their system cannot cope with these less that severe conditions, then the State needs to intervene, and put the company in receivership to an entity that will make the system robust- safe at these less than severe conditions.
    The conditions predicted by NOAA and other forecasters did not warrant a system wide shut down.
    The state needs to intervene to stop this Extortion.


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      Re: Extortion
      Posted on: 2019-10-10 14:50:17   By: Anonymous
       
      Profanity

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      Re: Extortion
      Posted on: 2019-10-10 14:54:00   By: Anonymous
       
      Have you considered what the wind conditions were in the areas where the lines that feed you are? It wouldn't matter if Arnold's winds were zero if there were high winds upstream of there.

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      Re: Extortion
      Posted on: 2019-10-10 15:24:13   By: Anonymous
       
      You’re right, the democommunists are great, look at how well they have done with the homeless, illegals etc..you’re sure they can run an power utility just like Dam inspections.. Great at taking money and *bleep* for service..

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      Re: Extortion
      Posted on: 2019-10-10 15:28:28   By: Anonymous
       
      Take your socialists and move to a state ran power utility service. I wouldn’t blame PG&E if they turned the power for months, let the snowflakes melt or move away. Take all the free sh-t army and non workers with ya.

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