PG&E starts rotating power outages impacting up to 250,000 customers at a time

(Reuters) - San Francisco-based power provider PG&E Corp said on Friday it has started rotating power outages at the direction of California's grid operator, impacting about 200,000 to 250,000 customers at a time, given the strain on the power grid during the statewide heatwave.

The company said in a statement it is not calling a public safety power shut-off, which is conducted during specific high fire threat conditions.

PG&E said its outages, directed by the California Independent System Operator, are expected to impact up to 250,000 customers at a time in rotations of one hour each.

PG&E will not be able to inform customers in advance of the shut-offs that could occur anywhere within the company's service area, the statement said.

Last year, PG&E's power shut-offs hit hundreds of thousands of homes and workplaces in northern California and were condemned by customers as well as authorities for being too widespread, with insufficient communication.

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The company recently emerged from bankruptcy, marking an end to a long-drawn restructuring process which began after its equipment sparked some of the deadliest wildfires in California.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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