Tuesday, August 18, 2020

UPDATE: No Local Rolling Outages This Evening

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 4:54 PM

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UPDATE:

PG&E reports the state’s electric grid operator, the California Independent System Operator, is saying the utility will not need to enact rotating power outages tonight based on forecasts for electricity supply and demand.

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The city of Arcata is warning that PG&E has announced local areas may experience rolling power outages lasting up to three hours tonight. The most likely time is between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The California Independent System Operator declared a statewide Stage 2 Emergency today and people to conserve energy "immediately to avert or limit power outages."

PG&E has a tool for customers to see if they might be impacted, which can be found here, and the city included these directions:

  • Use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Edge Chromium browsers
  • Go to PGE.com/rotatingoutages
  • Click on “Look up your rotating outage block number.”
  • Enter your address
  • Read your block and subblock.
  • Find your block and subblock on the table.
  • If your block or subblock does not appear you are not expected to be subject to a rotating outage.
  • If your block and subblock do appear, you could be subject to an outage of up to three hours in the event CAISO calls for rolling outages because the state’s power demand is within 3 percent of available supply.

Meanwhile, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is reminding local residents that 911 in not an information line.

Read the city's full release below:

Based on current energy supply forecasts, PG&E has announced that rolling power outages are likely to occur in parts of Arcata today, Tuesday, August 18. This outage is currently estimated to occur approximately between 6 and 9 PM, and may last up to three hours.

In response to the recent calls for instituting rotating power outages, PG&E has developed a tool to help customers see how they might be affected. Rotating outages are organized by circuit blocks dispersed across PG&E’s service area and sequenced to minimize the amount of disruption for each customer.

The online tool at can be found here, and it allows customers to look up their circuit block and subblock. Customers can then look for their block and subblock on a table of forecasted outages for the day.

With the state heatwave expected to continue at least through Thursday night, PG&E strongly encourages all customers to continue conserving to reduce overall power demand.

Below are detailed instructions for using the online tool:

Use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Edge Chromium browsers

Go to PGE.com/rotatingoutages

Click on “Look up your rotating outage block number.”

Enter your address

Read your block and subblock.

Find your block and subblock on the table.

If your block or subblock does not appear you are not expected to be subject to a rotating outage.

If your block and subblock do appear, you could be subject to an outage of up to three hours in the event CAISO calls for rolling outages because the state’s power demand is within 3 percent of available supply.

For more information, please click here.

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