August 16, 2019
Power Outage Recap
Many Mill Valley residents experienced a widespread power outage on August 15, starting around 11:10 pm and lasting until about 2:00 am this morning. The outage was part of a widespread PG&E power failure in Marin, impacting over 60,000 customers – 60% of the customers in the County.
Around 11:30 pm, County emergency officials sent a Nixle message letting the public know there was a widespread power outage and asking community members not call 911 unless there was a life-threatening emergency. Messages were also sent out through several social media channels and an update was posted to the City of Mill Valley website. PG&E posted updates to their outage page at https://m.pge.com/#outages
PG&E reports that PG&E attributed the outage to complications from emergency repairs at the Ignacio substation in Novato and work at a separate, unrelated PG&E project nearby.
“There was an issue with the set-up of the protective systems for the projects, which resulted in the outage,” PG&E spokeswoman Deanna Contreras said. “This was not a public safety power shutoff situation.”
Preparing for Future Possible Outages
Although the outage was not related to PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind residents that in future weeks or months, if extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving the Mill Valley community, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff or “PSPS.”
If we have an extended power outage, community members should expect:
The City Council will review the City's plans and preparations for a PSPS at their City Council meeting on September 5, 2019. The Staff Report and Draft PSPS Plan and Playbook will be posted for community review and comment in upcoming weeks.
Here are some recommended actions you can do today to prepare.