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PG&E: Rotating Power Outages Likely to Occur Tuesday Afternoon and Evening

LAKE COUNTY, CA (August 18, 2020) – According to PG&E, “”Based on current energy supply forecasts, rotating power outages are likely to occur this afternoon and evening.” 

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This would not be a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, or the result of an issue with PG&E’s capacity to deliver power, but electricity could be temporarily unavailable for some PG&E customers; outages will likely last about two hours.

Conserving energy reduces the probability rotating outages will ultimately be necessary:
• Raise the thermostat: Cool homes and use air conditioners more during morning hours. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when at home during the rest of the day, health permitting. Turn it up to 85 degrees or turn it off when not at home. 
• Use a ceiling fan: Turn on a ceiling fan when using the air conditioner, which will allow the thermostat to be raised about 4 degrees to save on cooling costs with no reduction in comfort. Turn off fans and lights when you leave the room. 
• Cover windows: Use shade coverings and awnings so the air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool the home.
• Avoid using the oven: Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave or grill outside.
• Limit the opening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes. The average refrigerator is opened 33 times a day.
• Clean clothes and dishes early: Use large energy-consuming appliances like washing machines and dishwashers earlier in the day or late at night after 10:00 pm.

To stay safe and cool, PG&E encourages the following:
• Plan ahead: Check the weather forecast to prepare for hot days.
• Keep an emergency contact list: Keep a list of emergency phone numbers.
• Have a buddy system: Check in on elderly or people with access and function needs.
• Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even when you are not thirsty.
• Stay cool: Take a cool shower or bath and wear lightweight, loose, light-colored clothing.
• Stay safe: Stay out of direct sunlight and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.

Thank you for doing your part to conserve, and preparing for possible outages.

PG&E’s full Press Release is available here:

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