THIRD WORLD MAN: PG&E may shut off power Wednesday to 180,000 homes, businesses.

 

Another possible power shutoff could affect 180,000 homes and businesses in Northern California if winds pick up on Wednesday, utility Pacific Gas & Electric said Sunday.

“Both the forecast and the scope of the weather event remain very fluid three days ahead of the event,” PG&E said. “At present, projections reflect a possible weather event similar to previous PSPS events that impacted about 180,000 customers.”

The utility said customers in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay may be affected.

California regulators voted unanimously last week to investigate PG&E over multiple planned power shutoff events in the state to assess whether it is appropriately balancing the need to provide safe and reliable service when initiating the outages.

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The evaluation will provide a comprehensive review of the effectiveness and impact of the power shutoff events – which were intended as a precaution to prevent equipment from starting fires.

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