Pacific Gas and Electric will move forward with another Public Safety Power Shutoff, affecting an unprecedented 940,000 customers, an increase of 90,000 over previous estimates. The utility’s weather forecasts indicate potential for a historic wind event with widespread dry, hot weather starting Saturday, October 26 through Monday, October 28 around noon.
The weather system will sweep from north to south over two to three days. PG&E stated that customers will be affected at different times, which means outage times will vary as well.The PSPS will occur in six phases and the times may change dependent on weather. The first phase will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. for customers in Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Sierra, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama and Yuba.
The second phase will occur start about 4:00 p.m., impacting customers in Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.Phase three will begin about 5:00 p.m. for customers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Stanislaus counties. The fourth phase will begin about 5:00 p.m. affecting customers in Alpine, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne.
Phase five begin about 5:00 p.m. for customers in Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.The final phase is scheduled to begin about 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 27 impacting customers in Kern County.The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions.