NV Energy’s Public Safety Termination Management (PSOM) program is a key measure of wildfires. During the PSOM event, NV Energy will shut off power lines and other equipment in high-risk and high-risk areas to prevent wildfires.
Since 2019, the company has implemented the program in the most dangerous areas, including Lake Tahoe and Martin. Charleston. Wildfires continue to pose a growing threat to Nevada and its residents. To help ensure public safety, NV Energy is expanding its use of PSOM to more areas of the service area with increased fire risk.
The new PSOM zones include parts of Humboldt County, Lyon County, Shop County, Elco County, Washo County and Carson City. During the PSOM event, the company worked to reduce the number of injured customers by developing plans to reorganize power.
When the PSOM event is triggered, certain environmental conditions are met and an emergency assessment is provided by local emergency management teams and other stakeholders, NV Energy stops power in one or more very high and high risk zones.
These include weather, plant levels that can be used as fuel for fires, field observations, and feedback from local fire departments and other first responders. “As part of our commitment to public safety, we have received permission from the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to expand our public safety disruption management program,” said Jesse Murray, vice president of gas supply and natural disaster protection. “We understand that the PSOM event is never ideal, and our goal is to reduce the need for these ongoing and future investments to make our grid stronger.
NV Energy has implemented a number of initiatives to strengthen its power grid to help protect customers from wildfires and other natural disasters.
These include inspecting and repairing more than 40,000 wooden poles in our high-risk areas. Collaborate with local fire departments to remove grass, brush and other vegetation from our power lines, install wildfire cameras and weather stations to improve situational awareness, and evaluate new tools and technologies to further strengthen equipment.
While NV Energy Grid Strength Efforts are long-term strategies to reduce the effects of climate change, PSOM is an immediate response to environmental conditions to prevent wildfires and protect the community.
NV Energy communicates directly with affected customers at least 48 hours before any PSOM event and provides up-to-date updates through various channels, including news media, social media and nvenergy.com. The Company will provide a customer input center during PSOM preparation to support our customers and provide the necessary information.
For more information on PSOM, including maps of all PSOM zones, please visit nvenergy.com/psom. NV Energy provides a wide range of energy services to more than 1.5 million customers across Nevada and the typical 56 million tourists. NV Energy, Inc. Its main subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company, and Sierra Pacific Power Company, are owned by NNN. NV Energy is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about NV Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, which can be found at nvenergy.com.