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California's grid operator likely to direct PG&E to initiate rolling blackouts Sunday night

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Posted at 5:59 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 20:59:23-04

Pacific Gas and Electricity Company (PG&E) officials said Sunday afternoon it is "likely" that the California Independent System Operator (ISO) will direct PG&E to initiate rotating power outages in the early to late evening Sunday.

If the California ISO were to direct PG&E to conduct rolling blackouts, officials say they expect the outages to affect approximately 210,000 PG&E customers in parts of San Francisco, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties.

No customers should be impacted overnight, according to PG&E officials.

A spokesperson for PG&E said power outages are estimated to last one to two hours.

PG&E officials remind customers these rolling blackouts are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which are called during specific high fire threat conditions, and they are not related to any issues with PG&E's equipment or its ability to deliver energy locally.