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  • Writer's pictureCorey Lee Wilson

Wildfire Induced Utility Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Programs in California

Wildfires are more destructive and deadlier than in the past, and the threat of wildfires is more prevalent throughout the state and calendar year. The overall pattern shows the emerging effects of climate change in our daily lives, particularly in California.

Throughout the year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) works with CalFire and the Office of Emergency Services to reduce the risk of utility infrastructure starting wildfires, to strengthen utility preparedness for emergencies, and to improve utility services during and after emergencies. Interagency coordination, and cooperation from the utilities is essential when the threat of wildfires is high.

The “De-Energization" or Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS) Programs

The State's investor-owned electric utilities, notably Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), may shut off electric power, referred to as "de-energization" or Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS), to protect public safety under California law, specifically California Public Utilities Code (PU Code) Sections 451 and 399.2(a).

These Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS) programs are a preventative measure of last resort if the utility reasonably believes that there is an imminent and significant risk that strong winds may topple power lines or cause major vegetation-related issues leading to increased risk of fire. Information about the utilities Public Safety Power Shutoff program can be found below.

Can an Energy Storage System (ESS), Resource Leveling, and a Black Start System Protect Your Business and Facility?

The answer is yes! As California’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) incidences become more prevalent, energy storage, resource leveling, and back-up power sources are more critical than ever by helping remove facilities from the unreliability of power transmission networks and the high cost of TOU utility rates.

Currently, there is new technology that can provide behind the meter (BTM) energy storage, which lowers and flattens peak energy time of usage (TOU), and also provides black start capabilities, enabling building owners and operators to become their own clean virtual power (CVP) plants.

Black Start Diesel Generator (BSDG) Systems to the Rescue

To provide a black start, CVPs using smaller black start diesel generator (BSDG), can be used to start larger generators, which in turn can be used to start safely the main power station generators. Want to learn how your business and facility can benefit?

If yes, please contact Corey Lee Wilson at CLW Enterprises at (951) 415-3002, or follow the link to for a free energy savings evaluation and how your facility can become their own clean virtual power (CVP) plant.

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