Another power outage: grid may be shut down by PG&E to 264,000 customers in Northern California

In a now-familiar warning, Pacific Fuel & Electrical Co. notified a whole lot of hundreds of consumers Monday that it might shut off energy amid dry and windy situations posing an elevated hearth danger.

The utility stated 264,000 clients in components of 22 counties within the Sierra foothills and north Bay Space — together with Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Marin, Mendocino and Yuba counties — could also be with out electricty beginning Wednesday morning.

“PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring most customers by end of day Thursday, based on the current weather conditions,” the utility stated in a information launch.

The elevated hearth hazard comes as a low-pressure system descends over the Bay Space and into Southern California, bringing gusts from 30 to 55 mph and dry climate to Northern California, in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service.

The utility stated it should open useful resource facilities with restrooms, bottled water, air con and system charging within the areas the place energy could also be lower off.

The potential shutoff is the newest in a handful of preemptive strikes by PG&E in an try to stop fires brought on by their electrical gear. Regardless of the efforts, the utility has reported to the California Public Utilities fee it detected exercise or gear failure close to a number of fires which have ignited within the final a number of months, together with the Kincade hearth, which grew to greater than 75,000 acres.

PG&E continues to be scrutinized by locals and public officers for the widespread shutoffs. California regulators have opened a proper investigation into the preemptive energy outages, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has threatened to show the utility right into a customer-owned cooperative run by state and native governments.

“They simply did not do their jobs,” Newsom stated at a information convention as the large Kincade hearth burned by dozens of houses. “It took us a long time to get right here, however we’ll get out of this mess. We’ll do the whole lot in our energy to restructure PG&E so they’re a very totally different entity after they get out of chapter. Mark my phrases. It’s a new day of accountability.”