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PG&E reduces scope of planned outages set to begin tonight

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The following is a press release from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will de-energize certain electrical lines for safety over the course of this evening (Wednesday, Oct. 21) as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). PG&E is calling a PSPS due to a high-wind event combined with low humidity and severely dry vegetation, that together create high risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Due changes in the weather forecast, the number of customers expected to be impacted has decreased by 31 percent. The PSPS event will affect approximately 37,000 customers in targeted portions of 15 counties.

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More power shutoffs probable: some Plumas residents impacted

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PG&E announced that high fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive Wednesday evening, Oct. 21 in Northern California and continue through Friday morning, Oct. 24, impacting 50,000 people in 19 counties including 353 in Plumas County as of now.

Sheriff Todd Johns said that those customers include residents in the La Porte/Little Grass Valley Reservoir areas, but that could change.

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According to PG&E, the weather will impact the shutoffs primarily in the following areas:

  • Northern Sacramento Valley and adjacent elevated terrain;
  • The Northern Sierra Nevada generally north of I-80;
  • The North Bay mountains; and
  • Mt. Diablo in the East Bay.

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Why solar homes also go dark during California’s blackout

in Local Roundup

When wind-driven wildfires whip across California, some homeowners with solar systems might assume they’ll still have electricity if the utility company cuts power to prevent blazes sparked by damaged equipment.

But they’d be wrong.

“It’s sort of a natural assumption that people would think this … and it’s hard to break through that,” said Brad Heavner, policy director for the California Solar & Storage Association.

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On Monday, PG&E announced that it might shut power off in a number of Californian counties on Wednesday, following a forecasted high wind event which could increase the risk of wildfires. Today, PG&E has released a list that suggests that more than 300,000 customers could be affected.

PG&E released a list of counties in California that could face a potential public safety power shutdown beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. The list states that an estimated 302,992 PG&E customers could be affected.

The list will be updated with the times of the planned shutdown in each county when PG&E decides whether or not it will go ahead with the power shut off. Currently, the utility company is urging customers to prepare for an outage that could last several days.

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PG&E says 605,000 customers to lose power in 29 Northern California counties starting early Tuesday

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Pacific Gas & Electric says it will go forward with another round of power shut-offs in 29 Northern California counties to prevent powerful winds from damaging equipment and sparking fires.

PG&E says the latest planned blackout will affect 605,000 customers — about 1.5 million people — starting early Tuesday.

It’s unclear how many of the more than 2 million still without power amid the current shut-off will have it restored before the next round of outages.

The announcement comes as crews battle a huge wildfire in Sonoma County wine country that has destroyed 96 buildings.

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Rep. Josh Harder slams PG&E for California blackouts in floor speech

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Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, slammed the utility company PG&E for their widespread blackouts in California while giving executives bonuses in a floor speech on October 23, 2019.

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California Fire: 500,000 May Lose Power in Another Round of Blackouts

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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California declared a state of emergency on Sunday, saying the high winds that have been fueling the blazes in the state were “unprecedented” and pleading with people in evacuation zones to flee.

The Kincade fire, the largest of more than a dozen wildfires now active up and down the state, has burned more than 54,298 acres since Wednesday night in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, and was only 5 percent contained as of Sunday night. Local authorities have ordered more than 180,000 people to evacuate from its path.

“We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires,” Mr. Newsom said, noting that more than 3,000 firefighters were battling the Kincade fire alone.
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PG&E Power Outage Shut Off: List of counties, cities affected by PG&E power outage in Bay Area, rest of California

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Here's a list of all the counties and cities that could be impacted by outages:

AMADOR (13,131 customers)
Amador City, Fiddletown, Jackson, Martell, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, River Pines, Sutter Creek, Volcano

BUTTE (23,452 customers)
Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Butte Meadows, Butte Valley, Chico, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Hurleton, Magalia, Oroville, Palermo, Paradise, Paradise Pines, Rackerby, Stirling City, Yankee Hill

CALAVERAS (14,586 customers)
Angels Camp, Arnold, Avery, Camp Connell, Dorrington, Douglas Flat, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, San Andreas, Sheep Ranch, Vallecito, Valley Springs, West Point, White Pines, Wilseyville

EL DORADO (39,786 customers)
Aukum, Cameron Park, Canyon, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Twin Bridges

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After power is restored to large swath of California, PG&E claims shut-off prevented wildfires

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The utility behind last week’s intentional power shut-off across Northern and Central California has restored electricity to all of its customers as shifts in weather have lessened the likelihood its equipment will spark wildfires.

Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility, shut down power in stages last week to nearly 1 million customers in a ring around the Bay Area, from wine country to near the Oregon border, and as far east as several Sierra Nevada counties.

It was the largest planned power outage of its kind in state history. It will not be the last.

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Live Updates: Bay Area power shut-offs sweep through Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin counties

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Latest developments on the PG&E shut-off, up to 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Click here for the latest news story:

7:30 a.m. Weather service issues ‘extreme’ fire outlook: Parts of Northern California are under an extreme fire outlook through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. More than 6,000 acres and 280,000 people are included in the area. Vacaville, Clearlake and Red Bluff are the largest cities in the risk area.

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