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September 22, 2020 3:12 PM

What is a PG&E power shutoff?

A Public Safety Power Shutoff is the name that the utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) uses to describe a proactive shutoff of electricity.  PG&E may declare a PG&E power shutoff if some of the following weather conditions exist:

  • A Red Flag Warning
  • Low humidity levels
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 miles per hour and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 miles per hour
  • Dry fuel conditions