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PG&E tells customers: Prepare for blackouts

The latest on the utility's plan to cut power to it's more than 5 million customers.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 5:23 PM

"When we do lose power, we have to get everybody out of the store, we can't run any transactions because the registers are down" said Co-op Manager Meagan Dallas.

The Chico Co-op sells about $15,000 a day in fresh produce. Electricity is a must for the business.

"There are so many rules for food safety so keeping temperatures is extremely important for perishable food" said Dallas.

But PG&E says IT could cut power to more than five million customers DURING A RED FLAG WARNING.
The COMPANY'S done it in the past for Tier 3 zones - but this year it’s including Tier 2, so nearly ten times as many people could be impacted.
PG&E says the blackouts could last for 5 days.

"We wouldn't be able to be open, we don't have a generator, and it would be hard on a lot of members of the community that rely on this place for their groceries, hard on staff who wouldn't be able to work," said Dallas.

The Co-op is not in a tier 2 zone – but the some of the city’s power grid is.

A PG&E rep today said the company is able to re-route power from various other lines if a main tower were to go out.

Chico City Manager Mark Orme says they got news last week on a conference call with PG&E.

"Obviously a big red flag went up saying, how is this really going to impact us? And obviously with a number of entities in our community relying on electricity - there's a lot of need to understand the details," said Orme.

A rep for PG&E told Action News Now they'll have those details by the second week of May.
They said for now: "The best thing to do is encourage all of your viewers to be prepared."

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