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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/04/2020 06:46 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/04/2020 06:46 PM
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Potential Early Monday PSPS Event: Forecasted High Winds and Dry Conditions Mean PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Targeted Portions of 15 Counties and Five Tribal Communities

San Francisco, CA...Approximately 130,000 customers who might be affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff are receiving the initial notifications today, two days ahead of the potential event.  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has notified customers in targeted portions of 15 counties and five tribal communities about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) starting early Monday morning (Dec. 7).  Dry conditions combined with expected high wind gusts pose an increased risk for damage to the electric system that has the potential to ignite fires in areas with dry vegetation.





High fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive late Sunday evening with high winds forecast to continue until into early Monday morning, peaking in strength during the day Monday, and possibly lingering in some regions through early Tuesday. Once the strong winds subside, PG&E crew will patrol the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the severe weather. PG&E will safely restore power as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring most customers within 12 daylight hours, based on weather conditions.

 

While there is still uncertainty regarding the strength and timing of this weather wind event, the shutoff is forecasted to affect approximately 130,000 customers in targeted portions of 15 counties, including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Lake, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sonoma, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba, as well as five tribal communities.

 

The highest probability areas for this PSPS are the Sierra foothills; the North Bay mountains and portions of the Central Coast. This is not expected to be a widespread event in the Bay Area at this time.

 

Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff: What People Should Know

The potential PSPS event is still more than two days away. PG&E in-house meteorologists as well as staff in its Wildfire Safety Operation Center and Emergency Operation Center will continue to monitor conditions closely, and additional customer notifications will be issued as we move closer to the potential event.

Customer notifications—via text, email and automated phone call—began late this afternoon, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff. Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee with a knock on their door when possible. A primary focus will be given to customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.

Potentially Affected Customers

Here is a list of customers by county who could be potentially affected by this PSPS event.

 
  • Alpine County: 574 customers, 7 Medical Baseline customers
  • Amador County: 9,573 customers, 764 Medical Baseline customers
  • Calaveras County: 10,759 customers, 440 Medical Baseline customers
  • El Dorado County: 35,732 customers, 2,555 Medical Baseline customers
  • Fresno County: 1,292 customers, 74 Medical Baseline customers
  • Lake County: 1,223 customers, 67 Medical Baseline customers
  • Monterey County: 333 customers, 7 Medical Baseline customers
  • Napa County: 6,780 customers, 218 Medical Baseline customers
  • Nevada County: 25,938 customers, 1,509 Medical Baseline customers
  • Placer County: 24,918 customers, 1,586 Medical Baseline customers
  • Sierra County: 1,099 customers, 23 Medical Baseline customers
  • Sonoma County: 1,797 customers, 61 Medical Baseline customers
  • Tulare County: 276 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
  • Tuolumne County: 10,114 customers, 573 Medical Baseline customers
  • Yuba County: 312 customers, 40 Medical Baseline customers
  • Total:130,722 customers, 7,928 Medical Baseline customers
 

*The following Tribal Community counts are included within the County level detail above.
  • Dry Creek Rancheria Tribal community: 8 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Jackson Rancheria Tribal community: 28 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Middletown Rancheria Tribal community: 8 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Shingle Springs Rancheria Tribal community: 49 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
  • Tuolumne Tribal community: 100 customers, 5 Medical Baseline customers
 

Why PG&E Calls a PSPS Event

 

When extreme weather conditions are forecasted, PG&E considers proactively turning off power for safety, as such weather conditions increase the potential for damage and hazards to PG&E’s electric infrastructure, which could cause sparks if lines are energized. These conditions also increase the potential for rapid fire spread.

 

State officials classify more than half of PG&E’s 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California as having a high fire threat, given dry grasses and the high volume of dead and dying trees. The state’s high-risk areas have tripled in size over the last seven years.

No single factor drives a PSPS, as each situation is unique. PG&E carefully reviews a combination of criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety. These factors generally include, but are not limited to:

 
  • Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph, depending on location and site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate
  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content)
  • On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center and observations from PG&E field crews
 

Improved Watch and Warning Notifications

 

In response to customer feedback requesting more timely information to prepare for a potential PSPS event, PG&E will provide improved Watch and Warning notifications this year.

 

Whenever possible, an initial Watch notification will be sent two days in advance of a potential PSPS event. One day before the potential PSPS event, an additional Watch notification will go out, notifying customers of the possibility of a PSPS event in their area based on forecasted conditions.

 

A PSPS Watch will be upgraded to a Warning when forecasted conditions show that a safety shutoff will be needed. Whenever possible, Warning notifications will be sent approximately four to 12 hours in advance of the power being shut off.

 

Both Watch and Warning notifications are directly tied to the weather forecast, which can change rapidly.

 

As an example of how notifications have been improved in 2020, customers will see the date and time when power is estimated to be shut off as well as the estimated time for restoration.  These notifications will be provided two days before the power goes out. Last year, the estimated time of restoration was not provided until after the power had been turned off.

 

Outage and Backup Power Safety

 

While backup power can be helpful during an outage, it can also pose safety hazards when not used correctly. Improper use can risk damage to your property, or endanger the lives of you, your family, or PG&E crews who may be working to restore power.

 

If you have a stand-by generator, make sure that it’s installed safely and inform PG&E to avoid risking damage to your property and endangering PG&E workers. Information on the safe installation of generators can be found on our website at www.pge.com/generator.

 

Here’s Where to Go to Learn More

 
  • PG&E’s emergency website (www.pge.com/pspsupdates) is now available in 13 languages:  English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi, Arabic, Hmong, Khmer, Punjabi and Japanese. Customers will have the opportunity to choose their language of preference for viewing the information when visiting the website.
  • Customers are strongly encouraged to update their contact information and indicate their preferred language for notifications by visiting www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts 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 where you do not have a PG&E account by visiting www.pge.com/pspszipcodealerts.
  • PG&E has launched a new tool at its online Safety Action Center (www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com) to help customers 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.
 

Smaller, Shorter, Smarter PSPS events

 

Learning from past PSPS events, PG&E has been making events smaller in size, shorter in length and smarter for customers in 2020.

 
  • Smaller in Size: Our goal this year was to reduce the number of customers affected by a PSPS event by one-third compared to last year. Through the first five PSPS events in 2020, there was an average 55% reduction of customers impacted compared to 2019. The size of each event was decreased, keeping hundreds of thousands of customers energized, as a result of using better weather monitoring data and technology that allowed more granular decisions; installing more than 600 sectionalizing devices to shut off power to smaller groups of customers; and installing microgrids and temporary generation to keep the lights on in key locations
  • Shorter in Length: This year, during PSPS events in September and October, the amount of time that customers were without power decreased as restoration times were reduced by over 40% compared to 2019. This happened by nearly (from 35 to 65) doubling our exclusive helicopter fleet and utilizing airplanes with infrared cameras capable of inspecting at night; deploying more PG&E crews for inspections and restoration efforts; inspections as needed. We did not utilize any mutual aid this year.
  • Smarter for Customers: No doubt, PSPS events are a hardship on our customers. This year, PG&E has been providing better information and resources to customers and communities before, during and after events. This work included providing customer alerts with information about when power will be turned back on; opening Community Resource Centers (CRC) to support customers without power; partnering with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and other community-based organizations (CBO) to assist the disabled and aging populations by providing food loss replacement meals and a new battery program; providing a website with higher bandwidth and emergency information in 13 languages; adding a social media morning video event update in multiple languages for our largest PSPS event this year; and distributing regular news releases and social media posts.
 

Community Resource Centers Reflect COVID-Safety Protocols

 

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, especially for customers sheltering-at-home in response to COVID-19.

 

During PSPS events, PG&E opens temporary Community Resource Centers (CRCs) to support our customers. These temporary CRCs are open to customers when power is out at their homes and provide ADA-accessible restrooms and hand-washing stations; medical-equipment charging; Wi-Fi; bottled water; and non-perishable snacks.

 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CRCs follow important health and safety protocols including:

 
  • Facial coverings and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from those who are not part of the same household are required at all CRCs.
  • Temperature checks are administered before entering CRCs that are located indoors.
  • CRC staff are trained in COVID-19 precautions and regularly sanitize surfaces and use Plexiglass barriers at check-in.
  • All CRCs follow county and state requirements regarding COVID-19, including limits on the number of customers permitted indoors at any time.
 

PG&E’s CRCs in 2020 have been improved from those in 2019. In addition to using existing indoor facilities, PG&E’s CRCs include outdoor, open-air sites in some locations and large commercial vans in other locations. CRC format will depend on a number of factors, including input from local and tribal leaders. Supplies are handed out in grab-and-go bags at outdoor CRCs so most customers can be on their way quickly.

 

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 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.


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Safety again?
Posted on: 2020-12-04 22:00:55   By: Anonymous
 
It's been near freezing every morning in Arnold.
I have a forced air propane fireplace and baseboard electric heating.
How safe am I when I can't heat my home.
I'm 72 years old.
When are they going to lower the speed limit to 10 mph so we can really be safe.

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    Re: Safety again?
    Posted on: 2020-12-05 08:31:46   By: Anonymous
     
    Do the same thing you where doing when mother nature turned the lights out for days. Poor me move to the desert !

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      Re: Safety again?
      Posted on: 2020-12-05 08:37:09   By: Anonymous
       
      Did you move to ice cream, or cheesecake?

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        Re: Safety again?
        Posted on: 2020-12-05 08:49:57   By: Anonymous
         
        ^^ What the fuk is that suppose to mean ? Forget the ice cream and cheese cake take your MEDS

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          Re: Safety again?
          Posted on: 2020-12-05 08:59:31   By: Anonymous
           
          Mr. Ding Dong dessert is a sweet confection.

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            Re: Safety again?
            Posted on: 2020-12-05 14:41:42   By: Anonymous
             
            Desert, dessert, same difference if my wife cooks it, one taste like sand, one taste like 💩 rolled in sand.

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      Re: Safety again?
      Posted on: 2020-12-06 08:55:59   By: Anonymous
       
      Move to the desert?

      The two coldest nites I ever spent in my life were in the desert. One was at Cima Dome in what today is the Mojave Preserve, the other in The Maze in Canyonlands NP.

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    Re: Safety again?
    Posted on: 2020-12-05 09:39:58   By: Anonymous
     
    This is a perfect example of someone who should not live outside a city. Healthy younger intelligent people who choose to live in harsher rural climates are prepared for the situations that will arise. Not having at least a back up manual light propane heater or a wood stove tells us all we need to know about you. Sad you are here and can't think for yourself. You should not be living there, move down to a much lower elevation.

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      Re: Safety again?
      Posted on: 2020-12-05 10:09:31   By: Anonymous
       
      Raise the speed limit.

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        Re: Safety again?
        Posted on: 2020-12-05 11:05:51   By: Anonymous
         
        To the 1st post Time To Move.

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      Re: Safety again?
      Posted on: 2020-12-05 14:09:13   By: Anonymous
       
      So many opinions from so many ill informed people.
      I've lived in Arnold for 27 years.
      Never until last year did PG&E turn off our power for "SAFETY".
      Take a look at all the dead trees over the power lines in the gully just west of Avery. That is a hot spot that could start a fire in calm weather.
      They don't maintain the lines. Instead they turn off the power in December for our "SAFETY".
      Do they close the grocery store when there's a spill on aisle 3?
      Does an airline ground their planes because they don't want to maintain them.
      I understand the extreme conditions that can cause a forest fire but faulty power lines should not be on of them.


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        Re: Safety again?
        Posted on: 2020-12-05 18:41:07   By: Anonymous
         
        Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.
        PG&E and their safety bull*bleep*.

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          Re: Safety again?
          Posted on: 2020-12-06 08:18:44   By: Anonymous
           
          Step on that hot electric line then I'll piss on your leg.

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        Re: Safety again?
        Posted on: 2020-12-06 08:58:13   By: Anonymous
         
        You really should invest in a generator, at the very least.

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        Re: Safety again?
        Posted on: 2020-12-07 01:24:29   By: Anonymous
         
        PG&E is NOT cutting the power for "safety." Don't be naive. They are cutting it to protect their pocketbook. If their equipment starts a fire, they are liable. They are doing this to avoid liability and lawsuits. They don't care about you AT ALL. Using the word "safety" just sounds better.. Where did you ever get the idea any corporation does anything for public safety of the citizenry? They don't. Not ever. They act only out of self-interest.

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    Re: Safety again?
    Posted on: 2020-12-05 13:34:57   By: Anonymous
     
    All of my jackass neighbors burn yard debris all weekend night and day... No fire danger at all apparently. A small breeze blows through the hills and PGE cuts power to everyone.

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      Re: Safety again?
      Posted on: 2020-12-06 08:59:32   By: Anonymous
       
      Did you look at the timeline or did you just come here to whine?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-05 04:38:48   By: Anonymous
 
PHUCK PGE AND SPI

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Thank you
Posted on: 2020-12-05 07:49:56   By: Anonymous
 
Thank you for keeping us safe. Living in the mountains comes with risks and responsibilities. If you cannot use a wood-burning stove, get some blankets or move to where you are better prepared.
It is better this PSPS happens now and then then to lose your home to a fire. Just look at the Bond fire in So Cal.

Get a grip people and take responsibility for yourselves.

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    Re: Thank you
    Posted on: 2020-12-05 08:07:39   By: Anonymous
     
    PG&E has put profits over the safety of their lines for years. They only need to shut off the power because the equipment can’t withstand a strong breeze, and neither can the trees they have failed to remove. Don’t blame a cold, elderly person for not planning for corporate greed.

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      Re: Thank you
      Posted on: 2020-12-05 08:21:59   By: Anonymous
       
      Being elderly is acceptable, not using you brain is not acceptable at all! I’m 70 and wise enough that no one wants a forest fire. Two days no power, no problem at all. We all have more important things to focus on! Like fishing....

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        Re: Thank you
        Posted on: 2020-12-05 09:25:29   By: Anonymous
         
        Don’t forget that PGE is about to raise your rates by 8%.

        8%!!!!

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          Re: Thank you
          Posted on: 2020-12-05 09:36:51   By: Anonymous
           
          Won’t someone think of the shareholders!?!

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            Re: Thank you
            Posted on: 2020-12-05 09:53:15   By: Anonymous
             

            If the power has to go off for a couple of days so the CEO of PG&E can have a Fifth beach house so be it!!

            It’s too sad to think the CEO of PG&E only having Four beach houses!!

            Come on people have a heart!!

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              Re: Thank you
              Posted on: 2020-12-05 10:11:41   By: Anonymous
               
              I wish PG&E would raise the rates higher.

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                Re: Thank you
                Posted on: 2020-12-06 09:04:45   By: Anonymous
                 
                Raise PG&E rates higher?

                Oh hon, you haven't seen anything yet,. Wait until Biden, Commie-la and AOC and the libiot Ds in general pass the new green deal.

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        Re: Thank you
        Posted on: 2020-12-05 10:52:29   By: Anonymous
         
        Are you physically able to shovel snow from your roof and propane tank? If/when the historic recorded snowfalls return you will need to be able to withstand much more than 2 days.

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          Re: Thank you
          Posted on: 2020-12-05 15:09:09   By: Anonymous
           
          Okay, 3 days no problem either. Are you one of those sissy boys who can't do anything physical but whimper?

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        Re: Thank you
        Posted on: 2020-12-05 14:36:13   By: Anonymous
         
        Trout fishing at New Malone's is picking up. I prefer to walk the shore line, not bait fish. Last week, 3 times out 1 2pounder the rest, 6 I think, were 10 to 13" fish. Small cast master and rapala lures. I usually stay out for 2 hours or less.

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PG&E is a joke
Posted on: 2020-12-05 13:52:33   By: Anonymous
 
Profanity

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Second richest man in the world being taxed beyond belief in Calif
Posted on: 2020-12-05 14:30:53   By: Anonymous
 
The second richest man in the WORLD is leaving California and taking his businesses with him.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk put his California houses on the market this year while he was sparring with state lawmakers over COVID-19 restrictions, highest taxes in the nation and his fear that the state is considering taking over the electric grid. The Democrats have been tearing apart California for too long now and will take decades to reverse the damage done.
He’s simultaneously been expanding operations in Texas and cozying up to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, CNBC reported.

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    Re: Second richest man in the world being taxed beyond belief in Calif
    Posted on: 2020-12-05 18:56:27   By: Anonymous
     
    And I might be joining him
    love Calaveras Co. but California is really starting to suck.

    We have to go all electric vehicles in 2030, Cool our grid can"t support our electricity now.... so????

    Want to build a new house, you have to install solar, great I get to spend 40k on my house that get s no sun.

    And the best one I have heard yet, (not sure if true or not)
    California wants to get rid of natural gas (the most efficient way to heat your home) ??????



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      Re: Second richest man in the world being taxed beyond belief in Calif
      Posted on: 2020-12-05 22:42:51   By: Anonymous
       
      Well, PG&E shuts down because Calfire can no longer protect the SRA during a wind event! Calfire has missed managed the wildland as well as eliminated fire engines and dozers across the state. Yes right hear in Calaveras County! They also sold out regarding the fire delivery system. So here we are!

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        Re: Second richest man in the world being taxed beyond belief in Calif
        Posted on: 2020-12-06 09:09:40   By: Anonymous
         
        It isn't Cal-Fire mismanaging the flora.

        It's Smokey the Bear style fire suppression. This is what happens when it doesn't burn.

        Sing along, kids:

        Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear
        Prowlin' and a-growlin' and a sniffin' the air
        He can find a fire before it starts to flame
        That's why they call him Smokey,
        That was how he got his name

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          Re: Second richest man in the world being taxed beyond belief in Calif
          Posted on: 2020-12-06 14:47:56   By: Anonymous
           
          Smokey stick your nose in my ass it's been burning today.

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