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PG&E has given advanced notice to about 525,000 customers to prepare for potential rotating outages Tuesday evening. (GV Wire File)
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The state’s power grid manager announced Tuesday afternoon that rolling outages might be used Tuesday to prevent cascading blackouts amid California’s heatwave.

Rotating outages are a series of controlled outages that affect customers for up to two hours. Rotating outages are designed to relieve stress on the grid to help prevent more widespread power outages, a PG&E spokesman said.

As of 3:30 p.m., no rotating outages were in place, according to PG&E.

“However, out of an abundance of caution, PG&E has given advanced notification to approximately 525,277 customers to prepare for potential rotating outages this evening in case they need to take place,” the utility said.

Both PG&E and the California Independent System Operator are urging residents to conserve energy during today’s Flex Alert until 9 p.m.

Clovis Neighborhoods Go Dark Mid-Afternoon

Heat damage led to an outage in Clovis affecting 4,200 customers at 3:22 p.m., a PG&E spokesman said.

“We had to proactively shut these customers off to prevent equipment failure that would have resulted in larger outages with longer durations. We expect to be able to restore those customers at 6:15 p.m.,” said PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles.

How to See If Your House Will Go Dark

You can follow the state’s electricity supply, current demand, and expected peak demand in real-time at this link.

In addition, PG&E customers can look up their addresses to determine if their household will be affected. Visit www.pge.com/rotatingoutages to check your address.

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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