Update: Some of the planned shutoffs in the Bay Area have been canceled due to reduced wind conditions, including areas in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties.
According to SFGate, “This reduces the total scope of the Oct. 29 outage by 30,000 customers to about 510,000 customers in portions of 22 California counties.”
Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced Monday that it has restored service to more than 556,000 of the nearly 1 million customers who lost power Saturday. But at the same time, the utility company will move forward with another round of outages starting Tuesday morning.
Hundreds of thousands of Bay Area customers can expect to lose power as the company once again pulls the plug in the face of high winds, a red flag warning, and ongoing fires throughout the northern part of the state.
Sonoma County, Napa County, and Solano County could see shutoffs as early as 7 a.m. Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties are tentatively scheduled for shutoffs at 11 p.m.
San Francisco remains the only place in the region not in immediate danger of losing power.
Here’s a breakdown of which cities will most likely experience additional blackouts:
- Marin County (119,533 households): Belvedere, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Dillon Beach, Fairfax, Fallon, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Tiburon, Tamales, and Wood Acre
- Napa County (14,900 households): American Canyon, Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Napa, Pope Valley, and Rutherford
- Alameda County (10,306 household): Oakland and Castro Valley
- Sonoma County (86,686 households): Annapolis, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Camp Meeker, Cazadero, Cloverdale, Cotati, Duncan Mills, Forestville, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Graton, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Jenner, Kenwood, Monte Rio, Occidental, Penn Grove, Rio Nido, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Sea Ranch, Valley Ford, Villa Grande, and Windsor
- San Mateo County (242 households): El Granada, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Loma Mar, Montera, Moss Beach, Pescadero, and San Gregorio
While PG&E cites no specific communities in Santa Clara or Contra Costa Counties, 496 and 204 households, respectively, will be affected in those areas.
If you’re not in California, even if you’ve been following blackout coverage closely, you may be confused today by stories that say PG&E restored power yesterday — and will shut it off again today.— Susie Cagle (@susie_c) October 29, 2019
That’s right. That’s what’s happening.
Although PG&E credits the intentional outages for preventing wildfires during high-wind periods in dry weather, the company told the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday that PG&E equipment may have helped ignite Bay Area fires over the weekend.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo will present an updated plan this week for a municipal power system for his city, saying that San Jose can no longer rely on PG&E.