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Posted on: August 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Important Message from PG&E

Important Message

The following message is being shared with you on behalf of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Many of you may have already received this information from PG&E directly but in case you did not, please read the message below and share it with your friends and neighbors. 


Due to extreme heat across all of California, The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) that runs the state’s electric grid, may require PG&E and other electric utilities to turn off power for short periods of time called rotating outages. These outages may last between 1 to 2 hours for most customers. 

These are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to extreme fire danger, and are not related to any issues with PG&E’s equipment or its ability to deliver energy locally. Other power utilities in the state may be directed to conduct similar rotating outages. These outages are called by CAISO to keep energy demand from exceeding supply, and prevent larger outages on the grid.

Based on the weather forecast, these potential rotating outages could occur during peak periods of approximately 3 pm to 10 pm each day, starting Monday, August 17th and continuing through the evening of Thursday, August 20th. A decision on whether to do them will be made by CAISO each day. PG&E strongly encourages customers to conserve energy and cooling homes in the morning hours through Thursday night. These outages could happen statewide and not just in PG&E’s service area.

For more information visit or call 1-800-743-5002. Thank you and stay safe.

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