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Pacific Power warns of possible safety-related outages during wildfire season

NW utilities urge preparation of ‘breakdown kits’, further steps

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — To mark National Wildfire Awareness Month, Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Idaho Power are encouraging Oregonians to prepare for wildfire season. “Fire weather conditions, such as severe drought combined with summer windstorms or active wildfires, could lead to safety-related power outages,” they warned Monday.

Here is a press release from the three major electric utilities in the North West on steps residents should take:

Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Idaho Power continue to invest and prepare their power systems to provide reliable power and operate safely in all seasons. Even though electric utilities are partnering with federal, state, and local agencies and tribes to plan and prepare for the upcoming wildfire season, preparation is a shared responsibility. Resources are available to help every Oregonian plan ahead and prepare for wildfire-related power outages.

The Oregon Public Utilities Commission recently approved wildfire mitigation plans for 2022.

“These plans reflect the hard work of utilities to understand wildfire risk and adapt their systems and operations to increase the security and resilience of the electricity supply,” said Megan Decker, president of the PUC. “Utility efforts are important, but all Oregonians have a role to play in wildfire preparedness and mitigation.” To wildfire.oregon.govOregonians can find tips to stay informed, make a plan, and prune trees and plants to create defensible spaces to slow the spread of wildfires.

Stay in the know

Customers of the three electricity providers can take steps to ensure they receive information about wildfires.

  • Log into their account and make sure all contact information is up to date. In this way, an electricity supplier can send alerts and messages.
  • In addition to having a back-up plan with medical providers, customers who rely on electricity to store medications or operate medical equipment at home must enroll in their electricity provider’s medical certificate program. if available, to receive proactive outage communications.
  • Visit Oregon Alert at https://oralert.gov to find your local alert system. Provide current contact information and sign up to receive wildfire alerts.

Make a breakdown kit

  • Prepare a home blackout kit in case a wildfire causes a power outage. Be sure to include shelf stable food, water for household members, pets and any livestock, necessary medications, flashlights, batteries, and solar or car chargers for appliances electrical. Keep ice packs or frozen water in the freezer to help keep foods cold until ice is available.
  • Businesses must be prepared to minimize disruptions, keep employees safe and protect equipment. Breakdown kits should include flashlights or camp lights for all areas including restrooms, battery operated or crank radios for information, battery operated fans, extra batteries, car chargers for phones cell phones and electrical appliances, bottled water and emergency phone numbers.

have a plan

  • Consider options for moving with a friend, family member, or shelter, especially if a medical condition, medication, or equipment requires electricity.
  • Businesses should communicate their outage response plan to key employees, provide workarounds for computers and cash registers, and develop a plan to bypass electronic door locks.
  • Homes and businesses should consider purchasing backup generators. Information on how to use them safely is available from each of the utilities in the information and resources below.
  • Make a plan to water livestock if well pumps are without power.
  • Know how to open and close electric garage doors and security gates.
  • Learn how to protect home and office electronics and appliances from data loss and power surge damage when power is restored.

Information, resources and checklists

  • PGE customers can visit portlandgeneral.com/wildfireoutages for additional information, checklists and resources. Information on how PGE is working to protect people, property and natural environments, including its 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Plan, can be found at portlandgeneral.com/wildfiresafety.
  • Pacific Power customers can visit pacificpower.net/wildfiresafety for resources and information, including an outage preparedness checklist for residential and commercial customers, an interactive map outlining potential power outage areas for public safety, and its Wildfire Mitigation Plan 2022.
  • Idaho Power customers can visit idahopower.com/wildfire to learn more about preparing for summer outages and what Idaho Power is doing to protect the grid from wildfires.

About Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE owns 16 generating facilities in Oregon and other northwestern states and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. Together with its customers, PGE has the #1 voluntary renewable energy program in the United States. PGE is committed to achieving a reduction of at least 80% in greenhouse gas emissions from electricity supplied to customers by 2030 and 100% by 2040. For more information visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/news.

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 783,000 customers in 243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost power generators in the United States, serving nearly two million customers in six western states as the largest owner of regulated energy utilities windmill in the West. PacifiCorp’s long-term resource plan results in a 74% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and a 98% reduction by 2050. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

About Idaho Power

Idaho Power, headquartered in the dynamic and rapidly growing city of Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company since 1916. Today, it serves an area of ​​24,000 square miles in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal of delivering 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a clean energy leader that provides reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the heart of its diverse power mix, Idaho Power’s residential, commercial and agricultural customers pay some of the lowest electricity prices in the nation. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 600,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.

IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), the independent, publicly traded parent company of Idaho Power, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit idahopower.com or idacorpinc.com.