Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Events
With the continuing threat of wildfire, utilities may proactively cut power -- Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) -- to electrical grids or lines that may fail in certain weather conditions to reduce the likelihood that their infrastructure could cause or contribute to a wildfire.
When a PSPS event is called, the demand for back-up power generation for residences and businesses increases. If you plan to use a stationary generator powered by an internal combustion engine rated at 50 bhp or greater, a District permit to operate is required prior to installing and operating the generator engine. Complete and submit an Engine Application Package along with filing fee to start the permitting process.
If you plan on using a portable generator that is powered by an internal combustion engine rated at 50 bhp or greater, a District permit may also be required. Registration in the CARB Portable Equipment Registration Program may be used for the first year that a portable engine is staged or operated at a home or business. The District has put together a PSPS Guidance Document which describes when a PERP registration may be used in lieu of a District permit and what steps must be taken prior to bringing portable generator engines into operation.
If you anticipate the need to install or operate an engine which requires a District permit, APPLY EARLY. Do not wait until fire season or until a PSPS event is forecasted to apply for a permit. See the District’s Stationary Source Applications web page for additional instruction on submitting a permit application.
For additional information, please contact the District’s Permitting and Engineering Section at (530) 745-2324.