PG&E Documents Damage To Equipment During September PSPS

PG&E says the company documented more than 80 instances of wind damage to its equipment during during the last public safety power shutoff event in early September. Power was shutoff September 7th through the 10th to approximately 172,000 customers in 22 Northern California counties. In a report submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission Thursday, PG&E reported that wind gusts in excess of 50 mph were recorded at weather stations in 14 different counties, including a 66-mph gust in Butte County, a 66-mph gust in Sonoma County, and a 62-mph gust in Kern County. During inspections after the wind event, crews found more than 80 instances of weather-related damage and other hazards. Crews documented 17 instances where PG&E lines or other electric-system components were damaged by vegetation and 42 instances of wind damage. A broken power pole was found in Shasta County. PG&E says that 50 percent fewer customers were affected by the shutoffs when compared to similar events in 2019.