Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff Period Begins

Update by Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified customers that it is considering a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to multiple areas in Southern Santa Barbara County due to an increased risk for wildfires. The PSPS outage may impact multiple areas south of Gaviota to Carpinteria. This outage may begin as soon as Monday evening (December 7), though it may occur earlier or later depending on actual weather conditions. If you live or work in this area, you should make preparations for a possible multiple day power outage.

Check in on your friends and neighbors and make sure they are prepared. SCE will staff a Community Crew Vehicle at the Louis Lowry Davis  Center, 1232 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 from 8AM-10PM on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  Call SCE directly at 800-655-4555 or visit www.sce.com/psps with questions related to this potential outage.

Visit www.ReadySBC.org for tips on how to prepare and to view the interactive PSPS map. We understand that customers may receive notifications from multiple sources alerting them to a possible PSPS. It is our intention to ensure messages are received by all impacted community members so that appropriate safety measures can be taken.   

Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta has learned that due to forecast fire weather conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) is exploring a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) of electrical lines in Santa Barbara County including areas of Goleta.  The PSPS consideration period is from 9:00 p.m. tonight, December 7, and extends through tomorrow, December 8 at 6 p.m., though could occur earlier or later depending on actual weather conditions. 

SCE has made initial contact with customers in the affected circuits about the potential for shutoff.  For more info and to see if your address is in the impacted area visit www.sce.com/psps.

Please make sure you are registered for emergency alerts from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (SBCOEM) at www.ReadySBC.org. Also, sign up to receive alerts from SCE as well, go to www.sce.com/wildfire/psps-alerts

Helpful Links:

  • PDFs of High Fire Risk Area (HFRA) circuit maps and GIS layers may be found, by county, at sce.com/maps
  • Access SCE’s non-PSPS outage information page at sce.com/outages.
  • Access information on weather conditions at sce.com/fireweather.
  • The City of Goleta has put together tips how to prepare for a multi-day power outage including knowing how to manually open your automatic garage door and having a battery-operated radio. Click here to learn more.  

The City of Goleta is in close contact with SCE and our community partners and will provide any updates as they relate to Goleta.  


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  1. Millimesa: What the F do you think “serious” is? Yes, when winds threaten to spark fires that have destroyed more of California than anytime in past history and have killed hundred and made homeless thousands of your neighbors, you need to take a deep breath and understand things are related. The lack of electrical service to you is not personal. Had SCE and others acted this way over the past few years we would have a lot less disaster to make up for now.

  2. Millimesa is right. Edison neglects caring for its 100 year old lines, doesn’t invest in critical infrastructure upgrade, then shifts the responsibility for dealing with all of this onto us – a populace trapped at home, many of us with freezers full of food due to the pandemic, and people working from home. Edison gets sued for negligence in maintaining its infrastructure, and then their solution is that every time we have hot and windy weather they’ll shut off our power for days? That is totally unacceptable in the first world.

  3. I still have my frozen gallon jugs in the garage freezer from the last PSPS. This is adding insult to injury. California needs new leadership at all levels. The lawyers must have decreed that the only solutions are shut down and power down. We need more creativity than that.

  4. SCE and PGE may be monopolies, but they are heavily government regulated utilities. It’s easy to blame them for not taking care of infrastructure, but will the same degree of blame be placed on multi billion dollar regulatory mandates on alternative energy development thus preventing them having resources to harden their grids? Corporations can make stupid, greedy decisions, and governments can demand cost prohibitive stupid regulation. With a heavily regulated public utility, you get both: corporate stupid + government stupid that can no longer provide uninterruptible, safe, affordable power. It will take new government leadership and new corporate leadership to get affordable, safe, and uninterruptible power back in California.

  5. you all are expecting alot from a company that paid all its profits out to the higher ups, now they dont have funds to even repair what they already have, let alone bury all of them.
    heres capitalism at its best, over blown bloated monopoly that cant even manage their own infrastructure, but we are supposed to be happy with them.

  6. Those of you who would like Edison to bury their above-ground lines, “Burying power lines costs roughly US$1 million per mile, but the geography or population density of the service area can halve this cost or triple it.” So we are talking about a huge investment in infrastructure to do this. No way Edison has this $ sitting in a bank somewhere. So we are talking big tax increases, or shifting priorities from defense spending to line burying. Hard choices. https://theconversation.com/why-doesnt-the-u-s-bury-its-power-lines-104829

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