PG&E Customers Now Have Access to High-Definition Camera Information to Monitor Weather Conditions in Their Communities
To help prepare customers and communities for the growing threat
of wildfire, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provides
online tools with detailed, localized weather forecasts and a Fire
Watch map, allowing customers to access dozens of high-definition
cameras that monitor weather conditions in one view.
One click on www.pge.com/weather provides all that information
and much more.
Customers can easily check PG&E’s weather map to see
humidity, precipitation, temperatures, wind speeds and wind gusts
across the 70,000 square miles of the company’s Northern and
Central California service area, with the ability to zero in on the
closest weather station.
On the site, customers now have a chance to view PG&E’s
Satellite Fire Detection and Alerting System, successfully launched
in 2019 to provide the company with advanced, around-the-clock
warnings of potential new wildfire incidents. Adding this high-tech
resource with the comprehensive weather map will help customers
evaluate overall conditions more easily.
"Our in-house meteorologists and the team inside our Hazard
Awareness & Warning Center (HAWC) utilize a wide variety of
tools and technologies to maintain situational awareness and to
efficiently act in advance of coming weather as well as react to
emerging emergencies,” said Angie Gibson, PG&E’s vice president
of emergency preparedness and response. “We’re sharing much of this
with our customers to enable them to get a better sense of weather
and other hazards.”
The PG&E meteorology team led development of the program in
collaboration with experts in the satellite fire detection field
from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Space Science and
Engineering Center. The system, which was put into limited
operations in February 2019 and became fully operational in June
2019, spotted thousands of fire ignitions last year.
If a fire is detected from two or more satellites, such as
GOES-16 and 17, then confidence is high of an actual fire in the
area. In many cases this system is expected to provide an early, if
not the first, indication of an incident.
This fire detection tool is designed to help California
communities plan and prepare for a potential fire response. The
Satellite Fire Detection and Alerting System is part of the
PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program (CWSP). In addition to
improving real-time monitoring and intelligence capabilities, other
actions PG&E is taking as part of CWSP include putting 10,000
miles of powerlines in high fire-risk areas underground and using
Enhanced Powerline Safety Setting, which turn off power in
one-tenth of a second once a fault is detected.
PG&E offers a wealth of online information related to
wildfire safety and prevention, including:
- Safety Action Center. Easily digestible tips and videos for
keeping yourself, your family, your neighborhood and even your pets
- More about PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program
information can be found at www.pge.com/wildfiresafety.
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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