NV Energy Notifies Tahoe Basin Residents of Changes to Public Safety Outage Management Program

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – NV Energy is launching a series of town hall meetings to update customers on changes to its Public Safety Outage Management (PSOM) program.

Nearly a handful of locals, including Joe Pfeifle, attended the two-hour meeting at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tahoe.

Pfeifle, who has lived in the area for eight years, has experienced more than windy power outages and car crashes.

“The fires I was evacuated to last year are a major concern not only for energy but also for loss of property and possibly life.”

The PSOM program is just one part of NV Energy’s natural disaster program, which was launched after the passage of SB 329 in the 2019 legislative session.

During an extreme weather event, the utility company will shut off power to areas deemed most at risk to prevent fires from occurring.

According to Jesse Murray of NV Energy, one of the most important elements of proactive outages is communication.

“That’s why we put together an internal weather program,” Murray said. “So we can try to predict these extreme weather events as far in advance as possible. We want to give the community as much time to prepare. We will try to communicate with the community up to five days before an event so that they can take certain precautions.

Some of the most significant improvements are seen in the company’s system strengthening program.

“These are investments we’re making in our infrastructure here in Lake Tahoe to make it more resilient to wildfires,” Murray said.

NV Energy is working on burying power lines in areas most at risk of fire and transitioning to iron/steel poles.

Other efforts include increasing the number of weather stations to a total of 65 by summer, installing ALERT Wildfire cameras, implementing risk analysis software for forest fire and the use of artificial intelligence.

“We are now very proactive in trying to clear vegetation and other combustibles from the area so that if we have some of these extreme weather events, where we have an incident that potentially damages our power lines, it is less likely that those power lines are going to create a fire,” Murray said.

In the event of a preemptive power outage, those who depend on electricity for survival can enroll in the Green Cross program to receive additional notifications and assistance, including a personal generator or housing.

If you think you qualify for this program and want to enroll, call (775) 834-4444.

There are three more meetings coming up in Incline, Carson/Genoa and Northwest Reno.

To submit questions about PSOM, email ndpp@nvenergy.com.

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