October 2019 PGE Power Shutdown (Updated Saturday Oct 12, 12 pm)

The PG&E outage map is showing that nearly all power has been restored, with only one 10-customer neighborhood on Socrates Mine Road shut down, and another 10 on Grange Rd south of Hidden Valley Lake due to 'damaged equipment on a power pole' (both predicted to be up by 3pm). A few individual houses are reporting outages where the area has been reactivated.

This will be the last update.

Lake County is currently recovering from  a PG&E "Public Safety Power Shutdown"

The studio has power and is in full operation, including streaming.

We have resumed normal programming, except that replays of shows during the power shutfown will not be available, so we will use older shows from the archive.

KPFZ will cover the power shutdown recovery as we receive updated information. 

A few areas still have no power (Bottlerock Rd, Upper Lake, Middletown south of Twins Pines) : PG&E is currently predicting  these will all be restored by 3 pm Saturday.

Lake County News has a report on the recovery status.

Community Resource Centers

To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities.
 

Lake Clear Lake

Clearlake Senior Center 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake 95422

Friday 12pm  PG&E statement : 

PG&E Continues to Make Progress; Power Restored to 74 Percent of Customers Impacted by PSPS

 

PG&E Announces Weather “All Clear” in 34 of 35 PSPS Impacted Counties 

Windy Weather Should Subside in Kern County by Midday Friday, No Weather All Clear Yet

PG&E reported Friday at 12:00 p.m. that approximately 543,000 customers impacted by PSPS have had their power restored, including full restoration in Humboldt, Siskiyou, Trinity and Yolo counties. Less than 195,000 customers remain without power.

Outage/Restoration Numbers

Approximately 738,000 total customers were impacted by the PSPS event from the Northern Sierra to the Greater Bay Area to Kern County. Approximately 543,000 customers have been restored. Less than 195,000 customers remain to be restored.

Weather All Clear

Weather conditions have improved and an “all clear” decision was extended to 34 of 35 counties impacted by the Public Safety Power shutoff (PSPS), except for Kern County. Early Friday, PG&E declared a weather “all clear” in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties.

Safety patrols and inspections, which can only take place during daylight hours, began again at daybreak on Friday with more than 6,300 on-the-ground field personnel and 44 staged helicopters. Customers will be restored throughout the day and evening once safety patrols, inspections and necessary repairs are complete

County-by-County Restoration

PG&E initiated a PSPS on Wednesday due to hot, windy weather across its service area. Wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour were recorded Wednesday evening and into Thursday.

Percentage of customers restored by county as of 12:00 p.m.:

County % Restored
ALAMEDA 86%
ALPINE 0%
AMADOR 51%
BUTTE 31%
CALAVERAS 55%
COLUSA 81%
CONTRA COSTA 95%
EL DORADO 51%
GLENN 87%
HUMBOLDT 100%
KERN 2%
LAKE 56%
MARIN 80%
MARIPOSA 34%
MENDOCINO 69%
MERCED 19%
NAPA 75%
NEVADA 36%
PLACER 69%
PLUMAS 0%
SAN JOAQUIN 45%
SAN MATEO 86%
SANTA CLARA 94%
SANTA CRUZ 67%
SHASTA 58%
SIERRA 0%
SISKIYOU 100%
SOLANO 96%
SONOMA 78%
STANISLAUS 96%
TEHAMA 76%
TRINITY 100%
TUOLUMNE 48%
YOLO 100%
YUBA 34%
OTHER* 82%

* Other includes Fresno, Madera, Monterey, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

Damage to Equipment

PG&E has identified 23 instances of weather-related damage to its system in the PSPS-impacted areas, and the company is working to address these repairs.

 

Customer Support

To support customers who would be impacted by Wednesday’s potential PSPS event, PG&E is planning to open Community Resource Centers across the affected areas.

The Resource Centers will be open during daylight hours only and will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioning.

Customers are encouraged to visit pge.com/pspsupdates for the most up-to-date Public Safety Power Shutoff information, including addresses for the Community Resource Centers as they open and a link to an address look-up tool where customers can search their address for potential impacts.

Inspection and Restoration Process

PG&E cannot begin restoring power until the weather conditions subside.

Steps to restoration after a PSPS event include:

    • Weather All Clear
      • After the dry and windy weather has passed and it’s safe to do so, our crews can go into the field to begin patrols and inspections.
  • Patrol and Inspect
    • Our crews will work to visually inspect our power lines to look for potential weather-related damage to the lines, poles and towers. This is done by ehicle, foot and air.
    • Visual inspections are necessary since circuit breakers, reclosing devices and fuses that are typically used to help detect any potential damage from a weather event like a winter storm are also de-energized during a Public Safety Power Shutoff for safety reasons.
    • There are many challenges we face during inspections. Some locations require workers to travel on narrow access roads. In locations with no vehicle access, crews might need to hike in remote and mountainous areas to inspect equipment. And, at night, the company can’t fly helicopters for visual inspections.
  • Isolate and Repair Damaged Equipment
    • Where equipment damage is found, crews will work to isolate the damaged area from the rest of the system so other parts of the system can be restored.
  • Begin restoring power to customers within the PSPS event.

How customers can prepare

As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that 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 flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

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 company 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 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

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Deanna Contreras
Pacific Gas & Electric

Marketing & Communications

Corporate Spokesperson
e-mail: deanna.contreras@pge.com
mobile: 707.477.4397
24-hour News Hotline for journalists: 415.973.5930

http://www.pge.com/news

 

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