A PG&E truck outside the Embarcadero substation on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Last of 738,000 PG&E customers without power back online

PG&E officials said Saturday night that, as of 6 p.m. Saturday, all 738,000 customers in 34 counties who lost electric service as a result of this week’s public safety power shutoff had their power restored.

The last group of customers in the Amador and Calaveras county hills had their power restored at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a PG&E news release.

During the past week Gov. Gavin Newsom and others criticized the utility for shutting down power, saying PG&E had neglected upgrades and maintenance.

On Saturday, PG&E President Bill Johnson rejected that idea, saying instead that the risk of wildfire had “grown exponentially.” He thanked customers for their patience and described the shutoff as a “monumental undertaking.”

As of Saturday night, PG&E has confirmed 50 instances of weather-related damage – downed power lines, vegetation growing on power lines — to its electricity transmission system in the shutdown-impacted areas, and the company has either completed or is working to complete those repairs.

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