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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/06/2020 11:54 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/06/2020 11:54 AM
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PG&E Conducts Drills for Public Safety Power Shutoff Response with Helicopters, Ground Crews

San Francisco, CA....Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is conducting a company-wide, full-scale emergency exercise to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season this week.  During the five-day exercise, employees from across PG&E’s service territory simulate real-life events that could happen during a real Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). The drills include testing new procedures that will improve communications to customers, shorten the length of power outages and reduce the number of customers affected when power has to be shut off in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires.




Several real-world activities, including line inspections by both ground crews and helicopters are happening to familiarize crews with conditions on the ground and provide additional inspections to lines in high-fire risk areas. During the drill, PG&E and contractor personnel will practice those inspections in order to reduce the time it takes to safely return electrical service to its customers. No actual power interruptions will occur related to the drill.

Michael Lewis, interim president of Pacific Gas & Electric Company, said the exercise, which follows similar three-day exercises in June and July, creates invaluable experience for the company’s frontline workers, and improved coordination with state and local partners.

“Nothing is more important than keeping our customers and their communities safe. We also know that when we call a Public Safety Power Shutoff to meet that responsibility, it can disrupt lives and cause hardship. These exercises help us ensure that if we forecast dangerous weather and a real event becomes necessary, we will be ready to respond efficiently and effectively, while doing everything we can to minimize those impacts,” Lewis said.

The sole purpose of a PSPS is to reduce the risk of major wildfires caused by our infrastructure during severe weather. In the event of extreme weather conditions, PG&E will proactively de-energize lines, shutting off power for the safety of customers and communities. During an actual PSPS event, crews will inspect every component along de-energized lines in high fire-risk areas —inspecting from the sky and from the ground—to identify and repair damaged lines or equipment before restoring power.

Smaller, Shorter and Smarter

PG&E understands how challenging these power shutoff events are for its customers, particularly as people are spending more time at home. That’s why PG&E will only call a power shutoff when it is absolutely necessary for public safety and the company is working to make these shutoffs smaller, shorter and smarter in 2020 and beyond.

PG&E is using more than 730 advanced weather stations to pinpoint where severe weather is happening, installing technology that limits the size of outages and reduces the number of customers affected, and it is increasing its helicopter fleet from 35 to 65 exclusive use helicopters while adding more field crews cut restoration times in half.

Resources

PG&E offers our customers plentiful information that can help them prepare for a PSPS event.


  • On pge.com/weather, you’ll find the updated PSPS potential forecast as well as local weather conditions.
  • On pge.com/wildfiresafety, you’ll find everything that PG&E has done to reduce the impact the PSPS events and mitigate the risk of wildfire ignitions.
  • And, on safetyactioncenter.pge.com, there are tips and checklists and videos to help you get ready for an emergency.

 

About PG&E

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 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.




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Posted on: 2020-08-06 12:19:21   By: Anonymous
 
I hope they don't start a fire with this practice.

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    Posted on: 2020-08-06 18:33:56   By: Anonymous
     
    Paranoid....

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Maybe the 18,0000 new Arnold residents.....
Posted on: 2020-08-06 19:47:58   By: Anonymous
 
.....will get a better idea of what it’s REALLY like living up here full time. Power outages, hellacious snow storms, half-plowed or unplowed icy roads, wildfires and consequent evacuations....BRING IT ON. Maybe that’ll clear about half of them out. God bless them, I ask God all the time to help me be understanding and patient, and know that they’re bored and frightened and doing what they think is best for their own families........but I am just freakin’ DONE with the cabin people.
-Calaveras County Native

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    Re: /\/\ ...will get a better idea...
    Posted on: 2020-08-06 22:01:45   By: Anonymous
     
    My folks (late) retired up in Dorrington in 1974 and they survived through a lot. If there was an outage in the wintertime they dealt with it. They had plenty of firewood for a fire to keep the place warm, could cook on the fireplace if they wanted, had plenty of candles for illumination along with flashlights. They were basically prepared and really didn't snivel about anything at all. You see they were old school and grew up in the Depression and WW2 with the gas rationings etc. So they really knew how to rough it. Actually their generation is known as America's Greatest Generation.
    They were very TRUE citizens as well as true and good patriots of our country! May I also add that my dad was in the service in WW2 and my grandmother (maternal side) worked in the shipyards during WW2-Rosie the Riveter which some of the younger folks would never have heard of that. A true story though and a lot of women like my grandmother did work in the shipyards. I believe she worked somewhere in the bay area with all the Navy ports around there. When they retired up here I think Calaveras County only had about 18,000 residents (correct me if that's not the right figure).

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      Re: /\/\ ...will get a better idea...
      Posted on: 2020-08-07 06:39:06   By: Anonymous
       
      ^^ So what, who gives a shi+ about your folks. Wasn't Bill caught peeking in windows in 78?

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        Re: /\/\ So what?...
        Posted on: 2020-08-07 07:32:21   By: Anonymous
         
        Who is Bill? Also I can write anything about my folks and what they did or comment on anything else pertaining to these articles. It's called freedom of speech. Get it? If you don't like the contents, then don't read them!

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          Re: /\/\ So what?...
          Posted on: 2020-08-07 07:41:18   By: Anonymous
           
          And I'll write what I what to write freedom of the internet :-)

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