Portland General Electric confirms plans for Mt. Hood public safety power shutoff
About 5,000 PGE customers will be affected beginning 7:30 p.m. Monday
Sept. 7, 2020
Portland, Ore. — Due to dangerously hot, dry and windy conditions, Portland General Electric announced today it will initiate a public safety power shutoff for the approximately 5,000 customers located in the high-risk fire zone near Mt. Hood. The proactive safety outage is a last resort to help protect people, property and the environment in the face of extreme fire danger conditions and high winds forecast for the area.
The company expects to begin the process of turning off power Monday evening for customers and visitors in heavily forested communities along Highway 26, from Alder Creek and Brightwood to Government Camp. The utility anticipates the outage may last between 24 and 48 hours, subject to repair times for any damage that may occur.
The high winds are also expected to cause unplanned outages across PGE’s service area. PGE crews are standing by prepared to begin restoration work as quickly as safety allows.
For more information about the public safety power shutoff, including a map of the affected area, visit portlandgeneral.com/wildfire.
Real time information about unplanned outages can be found on portlandgeneral.com/outage.
About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves 901,000 customers with a service area population of 1.9 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE has 16 generation plants in five Oregon counties, and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For over 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. In 2019, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $4.7 million and volunteered 32,900 hours with more than 700 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit portlandgeneral.com/news.
For more information contact: PGE Business Connections, 503-251-4099