For Immediate ReleaseAugust 18, 2020
Conserve energy during peak hours and keep devices charged
San Rafael, CA - PG&E let the County of Marin know that during August 18-20, residents will likely experience rolling blackouts of up to 2 hours. The blackouts may occur from 3pm to 11pm today, Wednesday or Thursday.
Residents should take prompt action to prepare by charging cell phones and medical devices, signing up for emergency alerts at AlertMarin and Nixle (text your zipcode to 888-777), reviewing emergency supplies and conserving electricity by using high energy appliances only during early morning or late-night hours.
These rotating outages due to extreme heat and high energy demand have been initiated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the organization that runs the state’s electric grid. CAISO has called a statewide flex alert, a rare measure taken only when extreme heat pushes energy demand past the grid’s capacity.
These blackouts are not public safety power shutoffs, which happen in response to extreme weather conditions that create heightened fire danger. Nonetheless, everyone should be aware that we are in fire season and all residents should be prepared for wildfire evacuation or eventual public safety power shutoff.
PG&E has posted the rotation order in which outages will occur if ordered to turn off power by CAISO. Customers can look up their outage block number by address and review Frequently Asked Questions about rotating outages on PG&E’s website.
Even brief power outages may disrupt communications, water, and transportation and affect medical devices. Take steps now to prepare for outages lasting 2-3 hours.
Everyone can do their part to help prevent blackouts by conserving energy.
Marin Public Health is hosting a cooling center Tuesday, August 18, from 3pm - 7pm, at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall (10 Avenue of the Flags). Anyone who cannot safely stay cool at home can seek temporary relief at the air-conditioned San Rafael site. Tips for staying cool and signs of heat-related illness can be found on Marin Heath and Human Service’s “Staying Cool and Safe in Warm Weather” webpage.
Call PG&E’s 24-hour customer service line at 1 (800) 743-5000 for more information about rotating blackouts and related outages. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
Laine HendricksPublic Information OfficerCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite #325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7496Email: Laine HendricksCounty Administrator website