SCE PSPS update: Mammoth Lakes ‘on watch for de-energization’

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Due to projected weather conditions, SCE may initiate a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for 31 circuits throughout Mono County between 09/27/2019- 09/29/2019. Most of the circuits within the Mammoth Lakes area are on watch for a 6:00pm de-energization on Friday, 9/27. Power is estimated to return by 11pm 9/27.

19 circuits, including those in the Bridgeport area, are on watch for de-energization at 12 pm Saturday 9/28. Power is estimated to return by Saturday afternoon.

Areas around Mono City and Mono Lake are also on watch for a potential power loss on Sunday 12pm 9/29.

Please note that while these areas may already be experiencing weather-related outages, SCE has not proactively shut off power at this time. As more information becomes available we will update the dedicated Mono County PSPS webpage.

The primary source for outage information in Mono County is the dedicated Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) page on the Mono County website. Data for this updated page that includes detailed maps is populated from theSCE PSPS webpage or by calling (800) 611-1911.

In addition, regular updates are posted on the Mono County Sheriff Facebook page and the Town of Mammoth Lakes website under ‘Latest News and Announcements.”

Stay safe and be prepared!

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The Town of Mammoth Lakes is currently in “Monitor” Status for Public Safety Power Shutoff. Please click on the link below for the detailed status map with real-time conditions.
Due to projected weather conditions, SCE is exploring options for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) of electrical circuits in High Fire Risk Areas (HFRA) serving portions of unincorporated areas in Mono County as early as Friday 9/27. Please note that while these areas may already be experiencing weather-related outages, SCE has not proactively shut off power at this time.
The public should call 800-611-1911 or visit www.sce.com if they have questions. Again, no Public Safety Power Shutoffs have been initiated by SCE at this time.

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From the Town of Mammoth Lakes

Due to projected weather conditions, SCE is exploring options for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) of electrical circuits in High Fire Risk Areas (HFRA) serving portions of unincorporated areas in Mono County as early as Friday, September 27.

Please note that while these areas may already be experiencing weather-related outages, SCE has not proactively shut off power at this time.

The primary source for outage information in Mono County is the dedicated Public Safety Power Shutoff page on the Mono County website.

Data for this updated page that includes detailed maps is populated from the SCE PSPS webpage or by calling (800) 611-1911.

In addition, regular updates are posted on the Mono County Sheriff facebook page, the Town of Mammoth Lakes website under ‘Latest News and Announcements” and the Town’s Facebook page.

Public Safety Power Shutoff Information and Map: https://monocounty.ca.gov/prepared/psps

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8 Responses to SCE PSPS update: Mammoth Lakes ‘on watch for de-energization’

  1. Quacque September 30, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    Many many miles of power lines—the ones most susceptible to falling trees and other weather events—are in terrain where burying is not possible. Not only is much of the terrain solid granite, drill rigs and the accompanying materials couldn’t access the areas, which are hardly accessible with atvs. And centralized alternative energy sources will rely on the same infrastructure, only increased to deal with different carrying demands. Rooftop solar and other local-based solutions are better (where they would work, like LA), but people (and construction companies) prefer giant centralized projects.

     
  2. Maureen Elizabeth McClain September 30, 2019 at 6:44 am #

    Another more economical solution would be to explore other sourcers of energy, such as solar or geothermal.

     
  3. Howard Sheckter September 29, 2019 at 8:29 am #

    Many of the above comments are good. I want to emphasize that the psps needs to be a short term solution, acknowledging that they are for both public safety and the limiting of liability for the power company’s. However the long term solution is to bury the power lines state wide. Yes it is going to be expensive. However shifting the total liability onto the public so that they have to bare
    The entire burden of energy back up systems is not fair either. If you want to think about a major financial catastrophe for the TOML. Think about a two day wind storm over the Christmas New Years holiday with between 30,000 and 40,000 people in town. Then imagine how many of those that have electric powered heating systems to keep them warm in late December. The financial affects would be in the millions of dollars of lost business and future business.

     
  4. BobK September 28, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

    Very well said and true!

     
  5. quacque September 27, 2019 at 6:52 am #

    In other areas, like the Big Creek hydro system that feeds Fresno, SCE is raising hundreds of towers upwards of 20′ to get further away from the trees, while dozens of workers are out daily cutting stacking and hauling brush over steep and difficult-to-access terrain. Chances are very good this kind of activity is going on everywhere, every day . . . but the end-users don’t actually want to know anything about where their power came from, the history of how it got there, or what it takes to keep it running. Many of these power systems are a hundred years old, so the technology available at the time and decisions made at the time are what are having to be changed and upgraded to meet today’s demands and changing conditions. But the end-users, willfully ignorant of such things, thinks the only important part of the equation is when their light doesn’t come on when they throw the magic switch.

     
    • eric October 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

      meanwhile…a dead snag has been resting on the power line that comes out of the ground and crosses Mcgee Creek at the weir on the downstream side of 395, SCE has been informed twice and after nearly a week it’s still there.

       
  6. Charles O. Jones September 26, 2019 at 10:21 pm #

    While I can understand the reasoning behind exercising caution, high winds blow quite frequently in the Eastern Sierra. I would like to hear what SCE’s ideas are to combat this threat? Just turning the power off every other week is not a practical long term strategy. What infrastructure improvements can be implemented to reduce this threat, SCE?

     
  7. Trout Junkie September 26, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

    eventually Their customers are going to get Very Very Upset..

    Then the government will impose new laws TO protect the utility companies from Lawsuits due to Fires caused by their equipment..

     

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