Eshoo Demands Answers from PG&E After ‘Frequent and Lengthy’ Power Outages

September 20, 2021
Press Release

PALO ALTO, C.A. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) sent a letter to PG&E CEO, Patricia Poppe, demanding an explanation for recent power outages and urging the company take steps to ensure both safety and reliability to ratepayers.

“While I appreciate the utility’s long-overdue attention to wildfire prevention, safety need not necessarily come at the expense of reliability. Unexpected and days-long outages are more than an inconvenience. They pose their own health and safety risks, particularly for the elderly and those living in more isolated areas, and the current situation cannot become the new normal,” wrote Eshoo.

Eshoo asked for responses to the following questions in her letter:

  • In what areas of PG&E’s service territory has the utility installed new safety equipment likely to increase the frequency and duration of power outages? How many ratepayers in Santa Cruz County are affected by these changes?
  • Has PG&E considered alternative measures to reduce wildfire risks from its equipment without sacrificing reliability? If so, why were they not implemented?
  • What efforts is PG&E taking to better communicate with ratepayers who lose power due to these new safety measures and to restore power more quickly in the future?

A copy of the letter can be found HERE.