25 counties in Northern California are at risk to have their power shut off due to a potentially widespread wind event. This means 600,000 ratepayers are losing power, potentially for days.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is starting to publicly forecast how likely it is to turn off power lines so they don’t start more deadly wildfires. The utility on Tuesday unveiled a new section of its website, pge.com, that breaks down a seven-day potential for power shutoffs across nine geographic zones in its service territory.
For each day, PG&E will assign a category to the different zones showing how strongly it is thinking about implementing a shutoff there. The company will use one of four categories: not expected, elevated, “PSPS Watch” and “PSPS Warning.” PSPS refers to public safety power shutoff.