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The Areas & Times Effected by PG&E Power Outages & Why

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Counties affected by power outages in California due to high wind warnings.  Oct 9th-???

If you do not have power this morning, it may be because a) you forgot to pay your bill or, b) you’re part of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff Program.  Which seems a bit chaotic, but that’s mostly because PG&E isn’t taking any chances with causing any more wildfires.  They are literally shutting down their power equipment in places where the wind is expected to blow hard.  So you can imagine why the power shutoff program is so widespread and seemingly mysterious to its consumers, that’s because it’s literally as predictable as the wind blowing.

In the greater Sacramento area, everyone will remain in the dark until the wind stops blowing.


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This is where we are now in California, we have to shut everything down if the wind starts blowing.  But after the wildfires last year were shown to be caused by PG&E equipment sparking in high wind situations, and since PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection and its leadership jumped off the sinking ship, the State of California is left with a power grid that will light itself on fire if the wind blows too hard, and a bankrupt company full of new management to watch over it.  Welcome to the future.

PG&E said its Public Safety Power Shutoff could eventually impact nearly 800,000 customers across 34 counties.  Most Recently, just after midnight on Wednesday PG&E cut power to 513,000 customers in the following 22 counties:

  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Calaveras
  • Colusa
  • El Dorado
  • Glenn
  • Humboldt
  • Lake
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • Shasta
  • Sierra
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • Tehama
  • Trinity
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

If you live in San Francisco, you don’t have to worry,  we’re surrounded by water, and made up of 90% non-flammable concrete, glass, and arrogance, PG&E has no plans to shut down power in SF as of right now.  If you live in Northern California, expect to remain in the dark, until the wind stops.

Questions about your power?  PG&E FAQ HERE

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