PG&E Restores Power Post-Napa Quake

28 Aug 2014

A day after the 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa County, Pacific Gas & Electric restored electric and service to nearly 70,000 customers in Napa and Sonoma who lost power.

California Public Utilities Commission president Mike Peevey credited the quick restoration of electric service to smart meters because “workers knew where to go.” He added during an Aug 28 commission meeting, “Technology was a great aid.”

Just after the earthquake, PG&E lowered the operating pressure of its Sonoma/Napa transmission pipeline system and surveyed the transmission system for leaks and damage, the utility reported. The company received 439 gas odor calls from customers and surveyed the premises.

There were 20 customer earthquake-related gas outages, according to PG&E. The utility did not respond before press time to queries as to the expected restoration time at the damaged customer facilities.

“We're committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our system and the well-being of our customers and the communities we serve. I want our customers to know they can count on us,” said Chris Johns, PG&E president.

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