Monday, August 17, 2020

Tens of thousands of California residents were warned of a third night of blackouts -- which never happened.

...A PG&E spokeswoman said the utility had issued the warning at 5:15 p.m. because, at the time, it appeared a mandatory outage was going to be “likely,” and that PG&E would only be given a 10-minute lead time prior to shutting down power. Spokeswoman Angela Lombardi said the utility felt it was best, after two nights of shutdowns, to give customers the chance to prepare for a loss of power.

But the utility, which services Northern and Central California, warned residents the next few days of extreme heat could well bring more rounds of rotating cutoffs, similar to mandatory outages on Friday and Saturday nights.

The earlier announcement indicated the utility was likely to shut power to 210,000 customers in three Bay Area counties, San Francisco, San Mateo and Contra Costa, as triple-digit temperatures climbed across the state, and with it energy consumption.