California wildfire danger prompts power shutoffs as PG&E reduces scale, San Diego could be impacted

antitox

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https://www.foxbusiness.com/energy/...ff-pge-san-diego-power-black-out-fire-weather

Red flag warnings are in effect in much of the state for critical fire weather

Tens of thousands of residents in Northern California have had their powertemporarily shut off as the state faces extreme fire weather conditions that also threaten outages for the southern part of the state.

The nation's largest electric utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), said Sunday that a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) was underway in the northern part of the state due to strong and dry winds creating a "high fire risk."

"This PSPS event is based on forecasts of widespread, severely dry conditions and strong, gusty winds," the utility said. "These conditions are expected to continue through Monday morning in most locations."

The utility said that changing weather conditions allowed it to reduce the scope of the event by 27% from the 89,000 customers who were to be initially impacted.

In total, the power shutoff is now impacting 65,000 customers in portions of 16 counties, including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama, and Yuba counties.

Two customers within Sonoma County and 15 customers in Kern County are also impacted by the PSPS program.

"Some customers may experience outages unrelated to this PSPS event due to requests from Cal Fire to de-energize lines for the safety of firefighters in active fire areas or damage caused from wildfire-related impacts to equipment," the utility said.

Once high winds subside, PG&E will inspect de-energized lines to make sure they did not sustain any damage and then restore power.

"PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring power to nearly all customers who are safe to restore within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed," the company said.

The shutoffs in Northern California come as the region is facing hot weather and strong winds that could cause power lines to arc and spark new blazes in parched vegetation that’s ready to burn.

Red flag warnings for extreme fire weather conditions have been issued for the region through Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A new wildfire broke out Sunday in Napa County, prompting evacuations of hundreds of homes and a hospital.

In the southern part of the state, utility San Diego Gas & Electric notified residents in the eastern part of San Diego County it may have to turn off power because of elevated fire weather conditions.

Weak to moderate Santa Ana winds were forecast to impact the area, peaking Monday morning and become weak to moderate by the end of the day.

“In preparation, SDG&E has activated its Emergency Operations Center to monitor conditions 24/7 and has organized personnel and pre-staged materials and equipment for response,” the utility said in a news release.

On Saturday, SDG&E sent notifications to about 700 customers at risk of public safety power shutoffs by phone, text messages and email.

“Customers who were notified should be prepared to activate their personal emergency plan to keep their family, pets and livestock safe.” the utility said. “SDG&E will continue to provide customers with updates when there is more certainty about forecasted weather conditions.”

More than 8,000 California wildfires so far this year have scorched 5,600 square miles, destroyed more than 7,000 buildings, and killed 26 people.
 

antitox

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My sister is in the area of San Diego that's just a few miles from Poway. I don't know what county that is. If anyone knows that area and what the county is, i would like to know.
 

katt

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Not to sound like an idiot..but when it comes to electricity...can someone explain to me how it works, where it comes from, how it's made, and if we make it..how can a whole state run out of it? everything about it?..I have always wondered...when Benjamin Franklin pulled it out of that lightening with a key on the string of a kite...and Thomas Edison put it in that light bulb and made it available to the masses...how did it go from there to what it is now?..something that can be controlled by the powers that be..and be wasted thus getting us to save on it by cutting things off..and charged..making us scramble to pay our Bill's on time so they don't cut it off and then on top of all that..a silent electric bomb can take it all away with one drop from an airplane..can someone please explain electricity to me?..Thank You...
 

antitox

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How do electrons move along a wire?

Electrons do not move along a wire like cars on a highway. Actually, Any conductor (thing that electricity can go through) is made of atoms. Each atom has electrons in it. If you put new electrons in a conductor, they will join atoms, and each atom will deliver an electron to the next atom. This next atom takes in the electron and sends out another one on the other side.

What is electromotive Force (EMF)?

Electromotive force, also called emf (and measured in volts) is the voltage developed by any source of electrical energy such as a battery or generator. It is generally defined as the electrical potential for a source in a circuit. A device that supplies electrical energy is called electromotive force or emf. Emfs convert chemical, mechanical, and other forms of energy into electrical energy. The word "force" in this case is not used to mean mechanical force, measured in newtons, but a potential, or energy per unit of charge, measured in volts.
 

antitox

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Electrons basically ride on the atoms - at least that's my descriptive and what drives it like in a battery is polarization created by different chemical properties. That's how you get some voltage. And voltage is what pulls the electrons thru the wire.
 

Lovin Jesus

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Not to sound like an idiot..but when it comes to electricity...can someone explain to me how it works, where it comes from, how it's made, and if we make it..how can a whole state run out of it? everything about it?..I have always wondered...when Benjamin Franklin pulled it out of that lightening with a key on the string of a kite...and Thomas Edison put it in that light bulb and made it available to the masses...how did it go from there to what it is now?..something that can be controlled by the powers that be..and be wasted thus getting us to save on it by cutting things off..and charged..making us scramble to pay our Bill's on time so they don't cut it off and then on top of all that..a silent electric bomb can take it all away with one drop from an airplane..can someone please explain electricity to me?..Thank You...
Me too
 

katt

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Yeah..they need to put it in layman's terms...lol....I just don't understand how something they can make.. or pull out of a lighting bolt with a kite and a key..can be run out of...
 

Lovin Jesus

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Yeah..they need to put it in layman's terms...lol....I just don't understand how something they can make.. or pull out of a lighting bolt with a kite and a key..can be run out of...
So how does wind powered electricity work? No need to shut down power during fire emergencies like this? Jist wonder if the green method for energy will make a difference in these rolling blackouts
 

antitox

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So how does wind powered electricity work? No need to shut down power during fire emergencies like this? Jist wonder if the green method for energy will make a difference in these rolling blackouts

A generator is used. It has a magnet and wound wires where the magnetic field is across those windings and the turning of the windings on the shaft converts that energy (one form of energy into another).
 

antitox

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Well, God is light. He's the Power and with a transparent city the light just goes all the way thru it. Oh my, it's going to be amazing.
 
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