Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PG&E to Talk Power Shutoffs in Webinar for Humboldt, Surrounding Counties

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 2:08 PM

click to enlarge Humboldt Bay Power Plant. - YULIA WEEKS
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PG&E is hosting a webinar tomorrow for residents of Humboldt, Trinity and Siskiyou counties to hear details of its Community Wildlife Safety Program and plans for making any needed Public Safety Power Shutoffs “smaller in size, shorter in length and smarter for customers.”

Humboldt was plunged into darkness twice in October when wildfire dangers in other areas led PG&E to pull the plug on grids that power the region. PG&E has since worked to isolate portions of the county from the larger grid in the event of PSPS, a process known as islanding, and using the Humboldt Bay Power Plant.

PG&E declared a May test run of the islanding a success and stated in a release earlier this month that areas that could be powered by the plant include “20 cities and towns such as Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville and Fortuna as well as some tribal communities.”

Read more here and here and here.

The July 1 seminar is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and can be accessed at https://bit.ly/2AklNhC or by phone at (866) 501-6088 with the conference ID code 6968668.

Read the full PG&E release below:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is hosting a webinar for customers in Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity counties to share information about its plans to prevent wildfires and reduce the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events on customers and communities.

Topics covered during the webinar will include improvements PG&E is implementing to make PSPS events smaller in size, shorter in length and smarter for customers, as well as local progress on key wildfire prevention work.

The interactive webinar will provide an opportunity for customers to hear about work in their community, have the opportunity to ask questions of PG&E subject matter experts and share their feedback.
WHEN Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION Access the webinar up to 30 minutes before by visiting this link: https://bit.ly/2AklNhC Listen live by dialing: 866-501-6088Conference ID: 6968668 Visit www.pge.com/wildfiresafety for a full schedule of webinar events

WHY As we all work to fight coronavirus (COVID-19), we also know wildfire season is around the corner. PG&E’s work to prevent wildfires and reduce the impact of PSPS events is essential for the safety of customers and communities and will continue as long as PG&E can perform it safely for both employees and customers.

With the increased wildfire threat our state faces, PG&E is enhancing and expanding our efforts to reduce wildfire risks and keep customers and communities safe. This includes: Reducing the impact of PSPS events Installing new grid technology Hardening the electric system Performing enhanced vegetation management

To learn more about PG&E’s wildfire safety efforts and how customers can prepare, visit www.pge.com/wildfiresafety.
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