SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed this morning that customers in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay who were notified of an impending Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) are now without power.
The PSPS event is impacting approximately 48,200 customers in seven counties: Butte, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sonoma and Yuba. The process to turn off power was completed between approximately 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
This PSPS decision was based on forecasts of dry, hot and windy weather including potential fire risk. Forecasts indicate that the peak period of winds should end around noon today.
Once the weather subsides and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will begin patrolling power lines, repairing damaged equipment and restoring customers. In the area impacted by the PSPS, PG&E will need to conduct safety inspections of approximately 2,785 miles of transmission and distribution lines, which is equivalent to the driving distance from Sacramento to Philadelphia.
Restoration activities can only take place during daylight hours, so it’s likely that some customers may not be restored until Thursday.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com and www.pge.com/news.