PG&E Supports Local Cooling Centers and Helps Customers Find Relief from Extreme Heat of Summer
Seniors and Others at Risk Can Escape the Heat
by Visiting a PG&E Cooling Center
Cooling centers continue to provide a safe, air-conditioned
location for all residents to cool down during extreme heat.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has long-provided
financial support to fund the operation of existing county- and
city-run cooling centers throughout the service area where summer
temperatures typically reach triple digits, primarily in the
“It is a priority for us to continue supporting cooling centers
in areas that experience periods of severe, prolonged temperatures.
These facilities ensure those at risk, such as seniors, can stay
cool and save on their electric bills,” said Marlene Santos,
Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at
PG&E continues to support cooling centers in the cities of
Arvin, Fowler, Fresno, Madera, San Jose, Sanger, West Sacramento,
Kingsburg, and Stockton. Additionally, the Kern County Aging and
Adult Services, Kern County Parks and Recreation and the Merced
County Office of Emergency Services as well as El Dorado, Shasta,
and San Joaquin counties receive funding.
Cooling centers open to the public when the temperatures are
forecast by the National Weather Service to exceed thresholds set
by each area.
PG&E began funding cooling centers as part of a pilot
project in 2007 following a 2006 heat wave in the state. Since
2007, PG&E has provided more than $650,000 to support
established cooling centers, most located in local government-run
senior centers or neighborhood parks and recreation centers.
PG&E has allocated more than $80,000 to support local Cooling
Centers this summer.
“PG&E’s support ensures the Kern County Aging and Adult
Services Department can provide a safe, cool place for the most
vulnerable in our community when temperatures rise. We encourage
all residents to take an active role in their safety and utilize
this resource if needed to stay cool this summer,” said Jeremy
Oliver, Interim Director of Human Services in Kern County.
To find a cooling center, please call local city or county
governments or visit pge.com/coolingcenters. For transportation to
the centers dial 2-1-1. Modifications to cooling centers may be
implemented to ensure safety and comply with current health
PG&E Tips to Stay Safe and Cool this Summer
- Plan ahead: Check the weather forecast to prepare for
- Keep an emergency contact list: Keep a list of emergency
- Have a buddy system: During a heat wave, check on
neighbors especially older adults.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water.
- Stay cool: Take a cool shower or bath and wear
lightweight, loose, light-colored clothing.
- Stay safe: Stay out of direct sunlight and avoid
alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
PG&E is interested in funding the operation of more local
cooling centers throughout the service area. For more information,
please contact PG&E at CoolingCenters@pge.com.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric
utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square
miles in Northern and Central California. For more information,
visit pge.com and pge.com/news.
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