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PG&E cancels power shutoff anticipated for Monday in 5 counties

Approximately 8,500 customers who would have been affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff are receiving notifications this morning that their power won’t be turned off, according to PG&E.

Posted: Dec 5, 2020 12:43 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2020 8:44 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Based on more favorable weather conditions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said it will be notifying customers Monday morning that it will not be initiating a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) today.

PG&E anticipated the need to turn off power overnight to approximately 8,500 customers in portions of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.

After monitoring weather conditions throughout the night, the company’s Emergency Operations Center determined that conditions would not warrant initiating a PSPS.

PG&E says it monitors for the combination of strong winds coupled with dry air and dry fuel conditions when considering whether to call a PSPS. During the overnight hours, winds didn’t strengthen in the lower elevations and relative humidity observations did not reach critical values.

Ultimately, the decision was made to cancel the PSPS.

The scope of this potential event has decreased steadily through the weekend. PG&E sent notifications to about 130,000 customers in 16 counties on Friday evening that the company was monitoring a forecast of severe weather. By Saturday, the number of customers potentially affected by this PSPS had been reduced to 92,000, and on Sunday, the number decreased further to about 8,500 customers.

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