Press Release

PG&E Begins to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed that it has implemented the first phase of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) across significant portions of its service area in response to a widespread, severe wind event.

The Public Safety Power Shutoff will occur in three phases, with the first phase impacting approximately 513,000 customers beginning at 12 a.m. Wednesday morning. Customer impacts will include: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.

The second phase of the Public Safety Power Shutoff will occur around 12:00pm on Wednesday afternoon, impacting service to approximately 234,000 customers in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Joaquin, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

A third phase is being considered for the southernmost portions of PG&E’s service area, impacting approximately 42,000 customers. Specific locations are still to be determined.

The decision to turn off power was based on forecasts of dry, hot and windy weather including potential fire risk. Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 60 to 70 mph at higher elevations.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations.

As part of these preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E has opened Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday morning. The centers are located at:

El Dorado Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville 95667

Clearlake Senior Center 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake 95422

Calistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Parking Lot – 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo CA 94589

Calistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515

Sierra College Grass Valley 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley 95945

Bishop Ranch Parking Lot – 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583

Meadowmont Shopping Center – 2182 HWY 4, Arnold 95223

Pasta Moon Restaurant, 845 Main St Half Moon Bay 94019

Gold Country Fairgrounds 1273 High Street Auburn 95603

Shasta College, 11555 Old Oregon Trail Redding 96003

Mission Church 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville 95687

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa 95404

Mother Lode Fairgrounds 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora 95370

Twin Lakes Church 2701 Cabrillo College Dr, Aptos 95003

Mace Meadows Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive Pioneer 95666

Next to PG&E Gas Academy Intersection of E. Grant Avenue & Timber Crest Road Winters, CA 95694

Coulterville Fire Dept – 10293 Ferry Road, Coulterville 95311

Loganville Campground parking lot – HWY 49, Sierra City 96125

Rolling Hills Christian Church 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills 95762

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 and

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