Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)
High temperatures, extreme dryness, and record-high winds have created conditions in our state where any spark at the wrong time and place can lead to a major wildfire. If severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
The City of Oakland, like other jurisdictions around the state, are learning from past events and preparing for the next. According to PG&E, this year they are working to improve their PSPS program by making events smaller in size and shorter in length.