California heatwave: PG&E begins rotating power outages


Archive photo used for representation purposes only. San Francisco-based electricity supplier PG&E Corp said on Friday it had started turning power outages to California’s management of the grid operator, impacting around 200,000 to 250,000 customers at a time, considering of the voltage on the power grid during the heat wave throughout the state.
The company said in a statement that it is not calling for a public safety power cut, which is carried out under specific conditions of high fire risk.
PG&E said its outages, led by the independent California system operator, are expected to affect up to 250,000 customers at a time in one-hour rotations each.
PG&E will not be able to notify customers in advance of outages that could occur anywhere in the company’s service area, the statement said.
Last year, PG&E power outages hit hundreds of thousands of homes and workplaces in Northern California and were condemned by customers and authorities to be too prevalent, with communication insufficient.
The company recently emerged from bankruptcy, marking the end of a long restructuring process that began after its equipment started some of the deadliest wildfires in California.


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