Valley Fire: How the Truckee Donner PUD responded to the devastation
Media Contact: Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD
For Immediate Release
Truckee Donner PUD Lends a Hand in Responding to Devastation Caused by the Valley Fire
TRUCKEE, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2015) – The Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) joined efforts to help restore power to the Geysers geothermal power plant near Middletown, Calif. and repair an electric distribution line destroyed by the recent Valley Fire. TDPUD responded to an emergency request for help issued by the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) which owns a geothermal power plant in the area.
The Valley Fire, started on Sept. 12, swept through Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties engulfing more than 76,000 acres and destroying nearly 2,000 buildings, leaving many residents homeless in its wake. The fire knocked out power poles, effluent pipeline, steam field pipes, conduits and control circuitry, pump stations, fiber optic lines and more, according to NCPA.
“The Valley Fire had a huge impact on not only NCPA, but many of their employees and their families,” said Steve Trevino, TDPUD electric superintendent. “TDPUD has mutual-aid agreements with many utilities and we know that they will be there for us when we have an emergency.”
A TDPUD crew of five employees and equipment, along with numerous other utilities from around the state, aided NCPA in recovery efforts. The Truckee crew - working with other crews from Healdsburg, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Lodi, Roseville, Redding, and Alameda - helped repair a 21KV distribution power line rebuilding more than 50 power poles to restore electricity.
The Valley Fire was recently contained but the clean-up and repair will take months and years to complete. NCPA’s geothermal power plant is now back on-line and, thanks in part to the heroic efforts of TDPUD’s electric crew, able to transmit this power to their customers.
About Truckee Donner PUD:
The TDPUD is a non-profit, publicly owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. TDPUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For more information about the TDPUD, call 530-587-3896 or visit www.tdpud.org.
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Caption: Left to Right – David Bourque, Ken Eyler, Ed Atkins, Shannon Hoyt, Dan Baumbach