PG&E PSPS Update: Essentially All Customers Who Can Receive Electric Service Are Now Restored
So Far, Patrols and Inspections Confirm at Least 30 Instances of Damage or Hazards to Electric Equipment During the Strong Wind Event
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has restored power to essentially all customers who can receive service that were impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that started Wednesday evening (Oct. 14). PG&E called the PSPS event due to a high-wind event combined with low humidity and severely dry vegetation, which together created high risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Customers Impacted by PSPS Event
The PSPS affected about 41,000 customers in targeted portions of 24 counties: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Lake, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
Specifically, impacted customers were located in the following targeted areas, all of which were covered by National Weather Service Red Flag Warnings that indicate critical fire weather conditions.
- The Northern Sierra Nevada foothills;
- The mid and higher elevations in the Sierra generally north of Yosemite;
- The North Bay mountains near Mt. St. Helena;
- Small pockets in the East Bay near Mt. Diablo;
- A pocket of the Oakland Hills east of Piedmont (generally between Highway 24 and Upper San Leandro Reservoir);
- The elevated terrain east of Milpitas around the Calaveras Reservoir; and
- Portions of the Santa Cruz and Big Sur mountains.
Weather “All Clear,” Inspection and Restoration Process
In some locations, the severe weather subsided enough during the day yesterday …