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Governor Newsom demands Pacific Gas and Electric do more to warn customers

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 23, 2019
Following utility-directed power shutoffs that impacted nearly two million Californians and ahead of another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) decision by Pacific Gas and Electric, Governor Gavin Newsom demanded that Pacific Gas and Electric do more to provide information for customers and take action to reduce the number of customers impacted.
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California   Gavin Newsom
“While the immediate goal should be to better manage the current anticipated PSPS event, Pacific Gas and Electric’s short-term objectives should include steps to ensure that as few people as possible are impacted by any future PSPS decision,” wrote Governor Newsom in his letter to Pacific Gas and Electric CEO William Johnson.

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Governor Newsom urged the utility to adopt the directions of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and continued to extend the state’s technical and operational assistance from providing forecasting and technological support to leveraging aircraft equipment and emergency personnel.

“I continue to extend the technical assistance currently offered by the State of California to reduce the impacts of PSPS, including operational guidance from Cal OES, meteorological data from CALFIRE, and most recently, infrared-equipped aircraft to assist in inspections of power line safety and the acceleration of power restoration,” wrote the Governor. “Cal OES will activate State and Regional Operations Centers to respond appropriately and ensure continuity of state agency operations that support California residents.”