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PG&E restores power after initiating rotating outages that impacted approximately 220,000 Saturday

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Posted at 7:29 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 00:19:36-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company has restored power to customers affected by planned outages Saturday evening.

PG&E initiated a rotating power outage Saturday evening as the strain on the power grid continues during a statewide heatwave.

According to a PG&E press release, approximately 220,000 customers were being affected in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Joaquin counties.

The outage is the second round of planned outages, which was first initiated Friday under the direction of the California Independent System Operator.

"These outages are being called because the state’s energy supply is not enough to adequately meet anticipated demand during the statewide heatwave," the press release said.

Other power utilities in the state were also directed to take similar actions, Friday, but it's unclear whether they will follow suit Saturday.

On Friday, the power was shutoff in rotating blocks until about 11 p.m. Power was turned off for about an hour in each block.

As of 7:40 p.m., Kern County is not expected to experience any planned power outages, PG&E spokesman James Guidi confirms.