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July 19, 2024

Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)

Cal Fire
Wildfire Prompts CAISO’s 1st Transmission Emergency of Summer
CAISO declared its first transmission emergency of the summer as a fast-spreading Northern California fire forced PG&E to de-energize transmission lines near one of the state’s key hydroelectric facilities.
FEMA
Ariz. Looks to Public Safety Power Shutoffs to Prevent Wildfires
Arizona Public Service is prepared to implement public safety power shutoffs, and another utility in the state is laying the groundwork to use the wildfire prevention technique.
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Western Grid Challenges Weighed at WCPSC Meeting
Western regulators heard from a power panel of CEOs on maintaining grid reliability in the face of fires, storms, extreme heat and supply chain disruptions.
Bureau of Reclamation
WECC Summer Outlook Weighs Hydropower, Wildfires
WECC held a two-day webinar on the outlook for this summer, including Western wildfires and hydropower conditions in the Colorado and Columbia River basins.
Blue Lake Rancheria
California PUC Approves Microgrid Incentive Package
The CPUC approved funding and rules for its Microgrid Incentive Program, which helps build standalone power systems for communities vulnerable to outages.
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Experts Discuss ‘Public’ Part of PSPS
Utilities shared ways to narrow the impact of public safety power shutoffs — and convince customers of the need for them — at the WIEB Wildfire Meeting.
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Oregon PUC Advances Wildfire Rulemaking Despite Utility Concerns
The Oregon PUC voted to move ahead with a proposal to amend utility wildfire mitigation plans despite concerns about joint inspections of utilities' poles.
PG&E
California PUC Applies New Safety Metrics to PG&E
PG&E could face additional oversight and enforcement if it fails to meet new safety metrics adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission.
National Forest Service
PG&E Expects $1B in Costs from Dixie Fire
PG&E said in its Q3 report that it expects a $1.15 billion loss from the massive Dixie Fire this summer and has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors.
NWS
PG&E Shuts off Power During Wind Storm but Limits PSPS
PG&E de-energized power lines in California as high winds and drought raised the risk of wildfires, but it was able to keep its latest PSPS more limited.

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