To help reduce the risk of wildfires during strong wind events, some investor-owned utilities, including Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), are implementing a program known as Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). When a PSPS is declared, customer power is turned off, sometimes for several days, which can have a significant impact on those left without electricity. Sacramento County residents and businesses may have questions about what to do if they were to be affected by a PSPS event and, in particular, whether or not using backup generators for power is okay. The Sac Metro Air District has rules and regulations that may apply to the use of backup power generators in Sacramento County. We therefore encourage you to read the information below and contact us if you have any questions.
The majority of Sacramento County receives its electric power from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). SMUD's territory is not considered to be in a high-risk wildfire area. At this time, they do not plan on implementing wide-scale power shutoff events. For more information about SMUD and their safety efforts to reduce risks from wildfires, visit their website (LINK).
A small portion of Sacramento County located near the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta receives its electric power from PG&E. Residents and businesses located in this area may be impacted by a PSPS. For more information about PG&E's PSPS program, please visit their website (LINK).
Residents in Sacramento County who have electric service from PG&E may consider purchasing or renting a backup generator. The Sac Metro Air District encourages you to consider the safety, noise, cost, and impacts to the air from operating a backup generator. Generators that use diesel fuel create exhaust that contains toxic air contaminants that are considered unhealthy to breathe. Generators can also cause a safety hazard to you and your family. Information to consider before purchasing a generator is available on PG&E's website (LINK) and the California Air Resources has a tool to assist you in selecting emergency backup power options (LINK).
If you do decide to purchase a backup generator you may be subject to Sac Metro Air District regulations such as:
Businesses in Sacramento County with electric service from PG&E may be impacted by power outages. If you currently have a backup generator or are considering purchasing one, please consider the following:
Most situations are unique and the regulations that may apply can be confusing. We encourage you to contact us directly with your questions or concerns so we can best assist you.
For assistance call (916) 874-4800 and ask for help with PERP or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org