Utilities giant PSEG announced Monday it would send 70 line workers to California to assist local electric company PG&E with restoring power to hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses, following another round of wildfires in Northern California.
The workers and supervisors fly out to Sacramento today, Newark-based PSEG said in a statement. The wildfires of the past week could force thousands of residents to evacuate the path of the latest inferno if they have not done so already.
“California residents have been suffering greatly due to these fires, which affect thousands of residents each day,” PSEG President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Daly said in a written statement.“Responding to the call from colleagues in need is part of what we do to keep everyone safe.”
PG&E has fallen under criticism in recent weeks for its efforts to stymie the spread of fires across the areas where it serves. The utility company would often shut off power to hundreds of thousands of residents to prevent the fires from worsening, which has drawn the ire of customers and dragged down the value of their shares.
PG&E will employ 6,000 field workers and 45 workers to bring power back online after a weekend decision to deliberately shut off power for 965,000 customers late Saturday, according to The Sacramento Bee.