Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
PG&E Warns of Possible Outages in Extreme Fresno Heat Wave
gvw_nancy_price
By Nancy Price, Multimedia Journalist
Published 2 weeks ago on
July 2, 2024
Play Video

Record-setting heat over the next week could cause equipment failtures and power outages, PG&E warns. (GV Wire Composite/Anthony Haddad)

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Pacific Gas and Electric employees canceled vacations and won’t be partying on Independence Day as the company is boosting staffing and bracing for potential problems that intense heat conditions could cause in the Valley.

“We have not seen heat like this in the PG&E footprint since 1970. So the teams are prepared and ready to react if there’s heat-related outages.” — Joshua  Simes, PG&E Central Valley Region vice president

Joshua Simes, PG&E’s Central Valley Region vice president, told reporters Tuesday that the company is prepositioning replacement equipment and increasing staff in the field and the Emergency Operating Center to stay on top of any outages. There will be 16 crews and four construction crews assigned just to Fresno, Simes said.

“We are committed to keeping our grid energized,” he said.

Conditions such as those forecast for the Valley have occurred only 18 times since PG&E began tracking weather data in the 1970s, the company said.

Electrical equipment, including underground transformers, can be subject to overheating and breaking down during lengthy periods of extreme heat and high demand, Simes said.

“We have not seen heat like this in the PG&E footprint since 1970. So the teams are prepared and ready to react if there’s heat-related outages,” he said. “When we look at a heat event like this, this is what we prepare for. Our teams are working every day to make our system more reliable, whether that’s upgrading and changing transformers, whether that’s working in underground vaults, whether that’s making our utility poles stronger, more reliable.

“All of this is happening in part of our planning to make our system more reliable and keep our grid connected.”

New Heat Records Likely

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures at 110 degrees or above for the next week, starting Wednesday and continuing through next Tuesday, July 9.

The forecast highs on Wednesday and Thursday will be 112, 111 on Friday, 114 Saturday and Sunday, 111 on Monday, and 110 on Tuesday, Antoinette Serrato, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said Tuesday afternoon.

That would break the current record of six days at 110 or above that was set in July 1898, and would also set new all-time highs for July 3, 6, and 7, according to the weather service’s historical records.

PG&E customers can prepare for possible outages by making sure they keep cell phones charged and back-up batteries, sign up for the company’s alerts through their account online, check in on relatives and friends who may be at risk, and most importantly, stay hydrated, Simes said.

You can sign up for PG&E power outage alerts at this link. The utility’s power outage center is at this link.

(GV Wire File)

Cooling Centers Across Fresno County

If an outage is extended, customers can seek out cooling centers that are operated in cities such as Fresno and Clovis, Simes said.

Fresno County libraries also are available as cooling centers. Fresno County’s website lists cooling centers in towns and cities countywide.

Customers also should try not to run heavy appliances like dishwashers, washers, and dryers, or charge their electric vehicles during the peak periods of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., the period of heaviest demand, Simes said.

(GV Wire Illustration/File)

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Rally Shooter Had Photos of Trump, Biden and Other US Officials on His Phone, AP Sources Say

DON'T MISS

List of Top Emmy Nominees

DON'T MISS

MLB All-Star Game Viewers up 6% to 7.44 Million After Falling to Record Low Last Year

DON'T MISS

Obama, Pelosi and Democrats Make a Fresh Push for Biden to Reconsider 2024 Race

DON'T MISS

The Last Cards Have Been Dealt as the Iconic Mirage Closes Its Doors on the Las Vegas Strip

DON'T MISS

Visalia Man Faces Third Strike for Serial Burglary

DON'T MISS

American Who Made Social Media Threats Against Taylor Swift Detained Ahead of German Concert

DON'T MISS

Netanyahu Makes Surprise Visit to Troops in Gaza Days Before Speech to US Congress

DON'T MISS

The Grateful Dead and Francis Ford Coppola Are Among the Newest Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

DON'T MISS

Magic Co-Founder Pat Williams, Who Helped Bring Team to Orlando, Dies at 84

UP NEXT

List of Top Emmy Nominees

UP NEXT

MLB All-Star Game Viewers up 6% to 7.44 Million After Falling to Record Low Last Year

UP NEXT

Obama, Pelosi and Democrats Make a Fresh Push for Biden to Reconsider 2024 Race

UP NEXT

The Last Cards Have Been Dealt as the Iconic Mirage Closes Its Doors on the Las Vegas Strip

UP NEXT

Visalia Man Faces Third Strike for Serial Burglary

UP NEXT

American Who Made Social Media Threats Against Taylor Swift Detained Ahead of German Concert

UP NEXT

Netanyahu Makes Surprise Visit to Troops in Gaza Days Before Speech to US Congress

UP NEXT

The Grateful Dead and Francis Ford Coppola Are Among the Newest Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

UP NEXT

Magic Co-Founder Pat Williams, Who Helped Bring Team to Orlando, Dies at 84

UP NEXT

US Army Honors Nisei Combat Unit That Helped Liberate Tuscany From Nazi-Fascist Forces in WWII

Nancy Price,
Multimedia Journalist
Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

Obama, Pelosi and Democrats Make a Fresh Push for Biden to Reconsider 2024 Race

1 hour ago

The Last Cards Have Been Dealt as the Iconic Mirage Closes Its Doors on the Las Vegas Strip

1 hour ago

Visalia Man Faces Third Strike for Serial Burglary

2 hours ago

American Who Made Social Media Threats Against Taylor Swift Detained Ahead of German Concert

2 hours ago

Netanyahu Makes Surprise Visit to Troops in Gaza Days Before Speech to US Congress

2 hours ago

The Grateful Dead and Francis Ford Coppola Are Among the Newest Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

2 hours ago

Magic Co-Founder Pat Williams, Who Helped Bring Team to Orlando, Dies at 84

2 hours ago

US Army Honors Nisei Combat Unit That Helped Liberate Tuscany From Nazi-Fascist Forces in WWII

2 hours ago

Greenhouses Are Becoming More Popular, but There’s Little Research on How to Protect Workers

2 hours ago

European Leaders Discuss Migration and Ukraine at a UK Summit as Concern Grows About Direction of US

3 hours ago

Rally Shooter Had Photos of Trump, Biden and Other US Officials on His Phone, AP Sources Say

WASHINGTON — The 20-year-old Pennsylvania man who tried to assassinate Donald Trump had photos on his phone of the former Republican preside...

3 mins ago

3 mins ago

Rally Shooter Had Photos of Trump, Biden and Other US Officials on His Phone, AP Sources Say

30 mins ago

List of Top Emmy Nominees

1 hour ago

MLB All-Star Game Viewers up 6% to 7.44 Million After Falling to Record Low Last Year

1 hour ago

Obama, Pelosi and Democrats Make a Fresh Push for Biden to Reconsider 2024 Race

1 hour ago

The Last Cards Have Been Dealt as the Iconic Mirage Closes Its Doors on the Las Vegas Strip

2 hours ago

Visalia Man Faces Third Strike for Serial Burglary

2 hours ago

American Who Made Social Media Threats Against Taylor Swift Detained Ahead of German Concert

2 hours ago

Netanyahu Makes Surprise Visit to Troops in Gaza Days Before Speech to US Congress

Search

Send this to a friend