PG&E considers new power outage for North Bay but will system fixes be ready?
- Oct 22, 2019 5:21 am GMT
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But it wasn't clear Monday whether fixes to the utility company's floundering information system, laid bare during an
Less than two weeks ago, with forecasts calling for severe fire weather, the company shut off power to more than 700,000 Northern and
The utility was scorned for the way it handled the outage. Its communication with customers was hampered by websites that repeatedly crashed, and its outage maps did not in many instances accurately depict areas affected or excluded from the outages. State officials and regulators also questioned the breadth of the previous outage, which affected most of
Utility officials acknowledged the poor response and pledged system improvements. They also said the outage achieved its goal -- no serious wildfires occurred from equipment issues.
"We acknowledge this event presented a hardship for millions of people. We fell short on several areas of execution," Contreras said Monday, reiterating comments Friday by company officials called before the state Public Utilities Commission Friday.
Those changes were underway Monday.
"We are still working to improve all of this," said
Power officials as of noon Monday hadn't called for an outage. Sunday evening
Utility officials Monday were analyzing forecasts and making plans, including contacting local governments.
More information should be available later Monday, including the number of potential customers included should the company move ahead with an outage, Contreras said.
The worst of the weather was expected from Wednesday evening to mid-day Thursday.
The chance of another shutdown comes on the heels of
Fire investigators have found the company's equipment has sparked most of the state's deadly and destructive wildfires in
This week, the counties that could be impacted, at least partially, are
Check back for updates on this developing story.
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