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June 17, 2024

PG&E customers may be eligible for power shutoff compensation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers affected by the recent Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) may qualify for reimbursements.

Under its Safety Net program, PG&E pays customers that have gone without power for more than 48 hours due to severe weather events, according to the utility’s website. The program pays between $25-100 automatically 60-120 days after the outage. The amount may depend on the outage length.

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Additionally, customers that believe PG&E caused a loss—property damage, personal injury, lost wages, food spoilage—for which they should be compensated can also file a claim with the utility at its website. 

More than 45,000 homes and businesses lost power in Santa Cruz County during the PSPS over the weekend, according to county spokesman Jason Hoppin.

The power was shut off in advance of predicated heavy winds throughout the Central Coast, Bay Area and North Coast.

During a Friday visit to Sonoma County to survey areas impacted by the Kincade Fire, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of the Local Government PSPS Resiliency Program, a $75 million one-time general fund appropriation to support state and local government efforts to protect public safety and improve resiliency in response to utility-led PSPS actions.

The funding will focus on jurisdictions where there is heightened PSPS vulnerability, state officials said.

“PG&E failed to maintain its infrastructure and Californians are facing hardship as a result. For decades, they have placed greed before public safety,” Newsom said during a press conference Friday. “We must do everything we can to support Californians, especially those most vulnerable to these events. These funds will help local governments address these events and assist their most vulnerable residents.”

A new round of power shutoffs in Santa Cruz County is scheduled for 11 p.m. tonight. Residents in the upper San Lorenzo Valley and North Coast areas—roughly 5,400 customers—will be without power, according to Hoppin.

The re-energization process for those customers is predicted to begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“Many of these customers have not had their power restored yet,” Hoppin said. “The County has been told PG&E will restore power for customers scheduled for the new PSPS if they can, even if only for a few hours.”

To see if you will be affected by the shutoff visit https://psps.ss.pge.com/.

Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.

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