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Despite generators, Calistogans without power

The Weekly Calistogan

While PG&E went to great length and expense to install temporary generators to prevent Calistoga from a power outage during a scheduled Public Safety Power Shutoff, 1,079 customers in the area were without power as of 6:10 a.m. Thursday morning.

PG&E began notifying customers in nine Northern California counties Nov. 7 it may turn off power starting Thursday to reduce the risk of a wildfire amid hot and windy weather.

Aaron Johnson, PG&E's vice president, customer energy solutions, said at a town meeting Nov. 7 that Calistoga is a "unique situation" and the generators were a temporary solution meant "To keep Calistoga from getting caught in the net of the PSPS program."

The outage is unrelated to the PSPS, however, according to Mayor Chris Canning. The good news is, due to the generator installation that took place Wednesday, crews are in the area working to restore power, he said.

PG&E representatives were not immediately available for comment.

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