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Posted on: June 13, 2019

PG&E PSPS Drill - Power will not be shut off

On June 13 PG&E will conduct a Public Safety Power Shutoff drill, using helicopters, in the Willits area to practice response during a PSPS event. POWER WILL NOT BE INTERRUPTED DURING THE DRILL.

Given the continued and growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires, and as an additional precautionary measure following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, PG&E is expanding its Community Wildfire Safety Program to reduce wildfire risks and help keep customers and the communities safe.

In response to the rapidly changing environmental conditions in our state, this includes expanding the Public Safety Power Shutoff program to include all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission. In the event of extreme weather, PG&E will de-energize lines, shutting off power, for the safety to those communities.

During an actual PSPS, crews will inspect every part of the de-energized lines from the sky and from the ground, to identify and repair damage, before restoring power.

PG&E is practicing those inspections with these drills to improve the time it takes to turn the power back on safely. They will fly a helicopter in the Willits area this Thursday, June 13, 2019. The drill will include many PG&E and contractor employees and trucks.

PG&E understands how much their customers rely on electric service and that there are safety risks on both sides. They understand and appreciate that turning off the power affects first responders and the operation of critical facilities, communications systems and much more. (800-743-5000)

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