Public Safety Power Shutoffs
While the risk of wildfire is very low in Alameda, a public safety power outage could impact customers who receive electric service from Alameda Municipal Power.
THE TRANSMISSION GRID
AMP operates and maintains the distribution and transmission grid inside the city of Alameda, but the larger transmission grid brings AMP’s energy to Alameda—and it could be affected because some of these transmission lines run through high threat fire areas.
If large transmission lines are de-energized, then AMP may need to reduce load quickly to help the greater electric grid. Depending on the severity of the event, it may mean power shutoffs or rolling outages in the city of Alameda.
Public safety power shutoffs are intended to keep communities safe during hazardous weather conditions that could lead to a fire. AMP is working closely with Alameda’s police, fire and city officials to coordinate clear communication during a public safety power shutoff. Together, we will use all available communication channels to inform Alamedans.
POWER OUTAGE COULD LAST DAYS
These power outages could last for a number of days, according to PG&E. Stay informed about PG&E’s public safety power shutoff program at www.prepareforpowerdown.com.
BASED ON WEATHER
The decision to require a public safety power shut off will be based on weather criteria such as high winds, assessments from experts, Red Flag Warnings from the National Weather Service, and low humidity levels.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If a shutoff is needed due to extreme weather conditions, you can expect:
EARLY WARNING NOTIFICATION
When possible, PG&E will notify AMP 48 hours, 24 hours and immediately prior to the shutdown.
YOU'LL GET ONGOING UPDATES
Together with city officials, AMP will provide ongoing updates through all available communication channels.
SAFETY INSPECTIONS AFTER
After an extreme weather event is over, PG&E and AMP will inspect the lines in affected areas before power is safely restored.
SAFETY SHUTOFFS COULD LAST DAYS
Power outages could last multiple days depending on the severity of the weather and other factors. It is important that you and your family have an emergency plan in place.