PG&E planning more power outages in northern and central California

October 24, 2019

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

In another preemptive move to reduce wildfire risk, PG&E shut off power across parts of Northern California on Wednesday, and the utility is considering creating more outages in the coming days, which could possibly affect San Luis Obispo County. [Cal Coast Times]

The utility announced Wednesday morning it was starting to cut power to 179,000 customers across 17 counties. Outages began taking effect Wednesday afternoon and were impacting the Sierra foothills, the North Bay Area, San Mateo County and Kern County.

PG&E was scheduled to shut off power to a total of just 33 customers in Kern County at 1 a.m. Thursday. The outage or outages in Kern County could last until Friday, while all other outages were expected to end Thursday.

But, PG&E is considering shutting off power across much of the state over the weekend and on Monday. While it may not be likely, there is a possibility of a power shutoff occurring in San Luis Obispo County on Sunday and/or Monday.

SLO County officials say thus far they have received no indication that a power shutoff will be implemented locally. However, a PG&E map shows there is “elevated” potential of a power shutoff in SLO County on Sunday and Monday.

PG&E is monitoring weather conditions to determine whether it will shut off power in the zones in which SLO County is located, according to the County Office of Emergency Services. Even if PG&E were to implement outages in those zones, it would not necessarily impact SLO County.


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euroamerican

This could be a very stupid comment, but here goes. Why not starting in high risk areas putting the equipment underground. I can only imagine the cost and years it would take, but when you think of lives lost and destruction these fires cause. As it is this diabolical problem is never ending..


Snoid

One needs to question who or how the current five plus fires started.If it is PG&E, then negligence or not, yeah they better shut it down permanently till fixed. Winds, heat or whatever, fire needs 3 things to burn. Try the mass homeless population and camp their fires or maybe its some of the 40 million residents are careless idiots. Guess that’s why Ca needs to create hundreds or thousands of new laws every year. Maybe Gov Newscum needs to create a $350K a year fire Czar.


Lmo

Yeah, buy a generator AND a 500 gallon fuel tank… why even bother with PG&E. You won’t even notice that constant 24/7 droning of the engine, and exhaust fumes after a few days.


Bert

If you don’t like it, buy a generator.


Stunned

Ya kicked it into high gear on that one Bert. Great contribution.


DocT

Recipe for success:


1. electrify the state. No more gasguzzlers. Ban the internal combustion engine.

2. get rid of nuclear and coal power…natural gas too.

3. shut off power all the time when winds are high and humidity is low


This is progress. Now we’re just like 3rd world countries. This will also stop immigration…..


fat chance

Life is good in Venezuela…..lol