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Making PSPS events smaller, shorter and smarter


Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events are just one part of our long-term strategy to help prevent wildfires. We know they are a burden and present their own safety concerns. In the near term, we are enhancing and expanding our efforts to ensure PSPS events affect fewer customers and for less time.



Weather damage and other hazards

Worker working on a power line

After the severe weather has cleared, we perform safety inspections where wildfire hazards and weather damages are assessed. The following damages represent potential sources of wildfire outbreak had power not been shut off:


  • Tree limbs across electric lines
  • Tangled electric lines
  • Tree falling onto electric lines
  • Downed utility poles

Learn about monitoring and inspections

Our commitment to reduce PSPS events

PG&E worker working on a power line

Reduce the impact of PSPS events

  • Reduce the number of customers affected during an event
  • Restore power within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed
  • Provide better resources and information to affected communities before, during and after a PSPS
Helicopter flying over a forest

Reduce wildfire risk

  • Install stronger poles, covered lines and underground lines
  • Meet and exceed state vegetation and fire safety standards
  • Inspect electrical equipment more quickly
Computer

Improve weather awareness

  • Install additional weather stations to better predict the need for PSPS events
  • Install high-definition cameras to identify potential wildfires
  • Monitor wildfire risk in real time

Additional resources


We're taking steps to reduce the risk of trees, limbs and branches coming into contact with power lines in high fire-threat areas.


Learn about vegetation management

Our progress as of the end of July to prevent wildfires and minimize PSPS impact:

 

Line switching


Installing line switches to redirect electric and keep communities powered

Installing line switches to redirect electric and keep communities powered


36 of 23 switches (156%) complete


Vegetation management


Inspecting and removing vegetation that poses potential wildfire risk

Inspecting and removing vegetation that poses potential wildfire risk


1,247 of 1,800 miles (69%) complete


Power grid separation


Separating the power grid into smaller sections to decrease areas affected by PSPS

Separating the power grid into smaller sections to decrease areas affected by PSPS


367 of 592 devices (62%) complete


Substations ready for temporary power generation


Energizing customers with backup power during a PSPS

Energizing customers with backup power during a PSPS


36 of 62 temporary generation sites (58%) complete


Infrastructure investment (system hardening)


Installing stronger poles, covered lines and underground lines

Installing stronger poles, covered lines and underground lines


122 of 241 miles (51%) complete


Weather station additions


Enhancing the ability to predict and respond to severe weather

Enhancing the ability to predict and respond to severe weather


142 of 400 stations (36%) complete


High-definition camera enhancements


Improving real-time monitoring of high-risk areas and weather conditions with high-definition cameras

Improving real-time monitoring of high-risk areas and weather conditions with high-definition cameras


61 of 200 cameras (31%) complete


Related links

Why PSPS events occur

Discover what factors go into the decision to announce a PSPS event and find the weather tools that show if a PSPS will occur in your area.

PSPS support

Find resources including device charging, bagged ice and Wi-Fi to support you during a PSPS.