Commission to Host November 8 Grower Meeting in Santa Paula with SCE on Public Safety Power Shutoff Protocol
Southern California Edison (SCE) recently announced a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) protocol that would shut power off during extreme weather events to mitigate the potential for wildfires. The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has met with SCE representatives to learn more about the program and to communicate potential impacts on avocado farming if power is cut. Obviously, Commission staff fully support efforts to ensure public safety, but CAC felt it was important SCE realizes the potential impact on avocado growers should power be cut.
SCE will, in a PSPS protocol, proactively shut off power in high fire risk areas to reduce the chances of fire during extreme and potentially dangerous fire conditions. SCE defines extreme fire conditions as “conditions in which a fire would grow rapidly, burn intensely, and/or erratically.” SCE stressed that turning off the power to customers is not something the utility takes lightly and would only be used as a last resort option to mitigate fire risk.
CAC is hosting an informational meeting concerning the PSPS protocol. At the meeting SCE will outline their efforts to develop a robust system that allows them to track critical weather conditions such as low relative humidity, strong winds and hot temperatures in combination with dry fuels.
The service area for SCE includes many groves in Ventura County and north. Growers who are part of the SCE service area are encouraged to attend this informational meeting to learn more about SCE’s PSPS protocol and consider possible steps that could be taken if power is shut off.
The meeting is scheduled as follows:
November 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Santa Paula Ag Museum
926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula