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More Than 100,000 PG&E Customers Update Contact Information, Sign up for Emergency Alerts, Prepare for Wildfires and Extreme Weather

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers are responding to the energy company’s call-to-action to update their contact information, as part of a campaign encouraging customers to have a plan for the growing threat of climate-driven extreme weather and wildfires.

To help educate customers from Bakersfield to the Oregon border, PG&E has mailed letters and postcards and sent emails to more than 570,000 homes and businesses served by electric lines that run through high fire-threat areas. The company is informing customers that it may be necessary for PG&E to temporarily turn off power as a last resort for safety if extreme fire danger conditions occur.

More than 100,000 PG&E customers so far have updated their mobile numbers, email addresses and other contact information so PG&E can communicate with them through important wildfire safety alerts.

“With the 2018 wildfire season off to the worst start in 10 years, we all need to be better prepared to stay emergency-ready and keep our families and friends safe,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. “We are asking our customers who live in or near high fire-threat areas to be sure we have their latest contact information so we can do our best to reach them in advance of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event.”

The Public Safety Power Shutoff program is one of many additional precautionary safety measures that the company is putting in place as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program, intended to further reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future.

Wildfire Safety Alerts

Extreme weather threats can change quickly. PG&E’s goal, dependent on weather and other factors, is to send customer alerts through automated calls, texts and emails at 48 hours, again at 24 hours, and again just prior to shutting off power.

In addition to notifying customers directly, PG&E will provide outage updates and information through community channels such as social media, local news, radio and the pge.com website.

Importantly, these advance notifications are for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event to help reduce the risk of wildfire during the most extreme fire danger conditions. But loss of power can happen for a variety of reasons like storms or emergency response and there is no advance notice when PG&E needs to turn off power at the request of a first responder agency due to an active wildfire or other emergency response situation.

How Customers Can Take Action

PG&E thanks those customers who have taken action to ensure they will receive its wildfire safety alerts. For customers who have not yet confirmed or updated their contact information, PG&E strongly encourages everyone to do so by logging on at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling the PG&E contact center (1-866-743-6589).

Customers can visit pge.com/wildfiresafety to enter their address and find out if their home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety during high wildfire threats (click on “Check Your Address” under the “Shutting Off Power For Safety” tab). Customers will also find tips on preparing their own emergency plans.

PG&E Installs 100th New Weather Station in 2018, Network Helps Bolster Wildfire Prevention and Response Efforts

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reached an important milestone this month, installing its 100th new weather station this year and further enhancing its capacity to capture additional meteorological data to better predict where extreme wildfire danger could occur. The expansion is part of the additional safety precautions following the 2017 wildfires that PG&E is taking as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program, intended to further reduce wildfire threats and keep its customers, their families and communities safe.

Since January of this year, PG&E has installed more than 100 new weather stations, of an expected approximately 200 new stations in high fire-threat areas across its service area by the end of the year. Counties that have received new weather stations so far this year include Alameda, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma and Tuolumne.

Data collected by these stations is streamed in real time and available to state and local agencies and the public through online sources such as the National Weather Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and MesoWest.

“With these new, additional weather stations, PG&E is able to capture additional real-time data related to temperature, wind speeds and humidity levels to provide improved awareness of current fire danger conditions,” said Kevin Dasso, PG&E vice president of Electric Asset Management. “Our team of meteorologists and wildfire safety experts will use this data to determine any needed actions the company can take to help reduce wildfire risks.”

Public Safety Power Shutoff

One of the actions PG&E may take, as a last resort during extreme fire danger conditions, is temporarily turning off electric power lines for safety. No single factor will drive a Public Safety Power Shutoff. PG&E will take a combination of many criteria into consideration, including:
• “Extreme” fire danger threat level as classified by the National Fire Danger Rating System
• A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
• Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
• Sustained winds above approximately 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph
• Site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate
• Critically dry vegetation that could serve as fuel for a wildfire
• On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E field crews

PG&E has alerted more than 570,000 homes and businesses served by electric lines in extreme-fire threat areas about the Public Safety Power Shutoff program, encouraging customers to visit pge.com/wildfiresafety for information about how to prepare. Customers are also asked to update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts to receive important wildfire safety alerts in the event PG&E needs to take this step for safety.

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Ang prmosyong “Harvest Moon – Swipe & Win” ay isasagawa sa araw ng Huwebes, Setyembre 6, 13 at 20. Mula 1pm hanggang 9pm, ang mga miyembro ng Pechanga Club ay maaaring magkaskas ng Club card sa himpilan ng promosyon sa pagkakataong manalo ng hanggang $1,000 sa EasyPlay o sa bunutan ng mga kalahok upang makasali sa Grandeng Bunutan.

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PG&E Adds New Heavy-Lift Helicopters to Support Utility Infrastructure Projects and Enhance Wildfire Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has secured two heavy-lift helicopters as part of the company’s new Community Wildfire Safety Program. The primary purpose of the new helicopters is to help PG&E do day-to-day work in remote and hard to reach places across its 70,000-square mile service area.

“We want to be sure we are doing all we can to protect the state’s energy infrastructure and keep our customers safe given the increased extreme weather we’re seeing across California,” said Barry Anderson, PG&E vice president of Wildfire Resiliency and Emergency Management. “These new helicopters will help support critical utility work and will be available to aid with wildfire safety efforts, if requested.”

PG&E has deployed helicopters, usually on a contract basis, for its electric, gas and generation work for many years in support of construction and maintenance activities.

The newly added aircraft were secured through an exclusive use agreement with PJ Helicopters. PG&E plans to add two more heavy-lift helicopters in 2019.

In addition to supporting utility work, PG&E will defer its use to make the new Sikorsky UH-60 fleet available for first responder use, if needed and requested, during wildfire events.

Community Wildfire Safety Program

These new helicopters are part of the many steps PG&E has taken under its Community Wildfire Safety Program, launched in March, in response to the wildfires throughout our state last year, as additional precautionary measures intended to reduce the risk of wildfires:

• Established a Wildfire Safety Operations Center to monitor potential fire threats across the PG&E service area in real time and coordinate prevention and response efforts.
• Added more than 50 new weather stations – with a total of around 200 planned in 2018 – to provide improved awareness of fire danger conditions and better predict where a wildfire could occur.
• Enhanced vegetation management in high fire-threat areas to meet new state vegetation and fire safety standards and create safe space between trees, limbs and power lines.
• Alerted more than 570,000 homes and businesses served by electric lines in extreme-fire threat areas that PG&E may have to shut off power for public safety if extreme fire danger conditions occur, as a last resort.

PG&E Urges Customers to Conserve Energy, Stay Safe During Heat Wave

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— California’s grid operator has called a statewide Flex Alert for tomorrow and Wednesday, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges its customers to conserve energy as triple-digit heat will impact much of the company’s service area.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday (July 24) and Wednesday (July 25). The ISO and PG&E are asking consumers to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when customers typically crank up their air conditioners.

ISO says factors prompting the Flex Alert are high temperatures across the Western United States, a forecast of increased demand, the lack of additional generation, tight gas supplies and high-fire risk.

PG&E meteorologists forecast that temperatures will reach near 110 degrees in the hottest locations in the Central Valley, driving up energy demand and especially air conditioner use.

PG&E is prepared and, based on forecasts, doesn’t anticipate any issues meeting the increased demand for power.

ISO forecasts customer demand for energy will reach 48,179 megawatts (MW) on Tuesday. Peak load in the 20-year history of ISO is 50,270 MW on July 24, 2006.

PG&E also urges customers to stay safe during this heat wave. The company funds cooling centers throughout its service area to help customers escape the heat and cool off. To find a center near you click here or call 1-877-474-3266.

About 425,000 residential and business customers are enrolled in five PG&E Demand Response programs. Collectively, their ability to reduce consumption is at a level that would prevent the need to utilize a gas-fired power plant.

Small behavioral changes also can make a big difference in reducing demand on the power grid during periods of extreme heat and help customers save money all summer long.

• Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you’re at home, health permitting, and 85 degrees when you’re away.

• Setting your AC thermostat 5 degrees higher will save about 10 percent on cooling costs.
• If you turn your ceiling fan on when using the air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat about 4°F to save energy with no reduction in comfort.
• Shut windows and draw the shades to keep in pre-cooled air from the night and early morning.
• Have your central cooling duct system checked for leaks. Up to 20 percent of cooled air can be lost through leaky or poorly insulated ducts.
• Buy an ENERGY STAR® air conditioner if your air conditioner is ready to be replaced. It can reduce energy usage by up to 10 percent.
• Avoid using an electric oven on hot days. Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.

For more tips on how to save this summer, visit www.pge.com/summer.

PG&E Adds Over 50 New Weather Stations to Advance Forecasting Abilities, Better Predict Extreme Weather and Wildfire Potential

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— As part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is building a network of weather stations to monitor and further advance its weather forecasting abilities to better predict where a wildfire could occur so it can respond quickly and appropriately to help keep customers and communities safe.

Since January of this year, PG&E has added more than 50 new weather stations, with around 200 total planned to be built and installed across PG&E’s service area by the end of the year. The newly added stations are located in Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Tuolumne counties.

Data collected by these stations will be streamed in real time and available to state and local agencies and the public through online sources such as NOAA and MesoWest.

“We saw first-hand last year how extreme weather events driven by climate change are causing unprecedented and unanticipated wildfires,” said Kevin Dasso, PG&E vice president of Electric Asset Management. “Adding new weather stations in high fire-threat areas across our service area enhances our weather forecasting and modeling to help bolster wildfire prevention and response efforts and keep our customers safe.”

Real-Time Data to Assess Fire Danger Conditions

PG&E has historically used weather forecast data for many purposes, mainly for predicting storm damage and for assessing fire danger. Its team of meteorologists, which includes fire-weather specialists, performs daily monitoring of current and forecast weather patterns and fire threat projections using in-house and publicly available data from the National Weather Service, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service and more. This information helps PG&E predict when and where the fire threat will be high or extreme so additional steps can be taken to keep critical infrastructure, utility crews and communities safe.

With these new weather stations, PG&E will be able to capture additional real-time data related to temperature, wind speeds and humidity levels to provide improved awareness of current fire danger conditions.

PG&E’s meteorologists will feed information to the company’s new Wildfire Safety Operations Center team to review data and determine any needed action to help reduce wildfire risks. In the event of extreme fire danger conditions, one of the actions PG&E may take is temporarily turning off electricity for safety in specific areas. PG&E is reaching out to customers who are served by electric lines in extreme fire-threat areas to let them know about possible power outages during high wildfire threats so they can take steps to prepare.

These new weather stations are one of the additional precautionary measures PG&E is putting in place as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program, intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. More information can be found at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

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