Utilities Outages

Power Outage Map - for the City of Palo Alto Utilities service territory 


Report a power outage: (650) 496-6914


Report a gas leak or outage: (650) 329-2579

Report a streetlight out: (650) 496-6914

Report a water leak or outage: (650) 329-2579


Outage Map

 Check the map for up-to-date power outage status.

Providing reliable service is a top priority for all of us in your City Utilities Department and our crews work daily to maintain and improve the system's lines and pipes. On occasions when service is disrupted due to planned or unplanned events, we want to be sure you have accurate, timely information about what is going on and any actions you should take.

Planned Power Outages

Power needs to be turned off at times for planned maintenance, upgrades, construction, or repairs. At those times, we will notify you if your service will be disrupted. If you have any questions about a planned power outage, please contact us:

City of Palo Alto Utilities
Electric Operations
Phone: (650) 496-6992
Email:  PlannedPowerShutdown@CityofPaloAlto.org


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Palo Alto uses AlertSCC to communicate during unforeseen events or emergencies such as natural disasters, crime bulletins, power outages, and more. Sign up to receive Alert SCC notifications here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/alertscc/Pages/home.aspx 

Visit the City's emergency preparedness and storm readiness webpages at www.cityofpaloalto.org/preparedness

Contact the City of Palo Alto Utilities

Community members can contact Utilities Customer Service Center at (650) 329-2161 or UtilitiesCustomerService@CityofPaloAlto.org with questions about utilities account or service information. You can also sign up for our Utilities e-newsletter to receive periodic updates on programs, events and news of interest. 

In the event of an actual emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency public safety issues, call (650) 329-2413. 

Protect Yourself During a Power Outage (tips from Ready.gov):

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove and ovens to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
  • Check with your local officials for locations of cooling or warming centers. Locations may have changed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CDC has provided cooling shelter operators with guidance to help protect people from COVID-19. This guidance can be used for warming shelters, too.
  • If you go to a public cooling or warming center, keep at least six feet of space between you and individuals who are not a part of your immediate household.
  • Wear masks when in public spaces. Masks should not be worn by children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, and people who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove them.
  • Try to bring items that can help protect you and others in the cooling or warming center from COVID-19, such as two masks for each person age two or older in the household, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, and cleaning materials.
  • Review the CDC’s guidelines for “Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on the welfare of others.
  • Sign up for email updates about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Follow the latest guidelines from the CDC and your local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Electric Outage Preparedness 

Electrical emergencies can happen any time. Whether it’s an accident or a weather-related situation, occasional power outages are simply unavoidable. However, you can easily prepare for the unexpected loss of power. To prepare for a potential power outage, you may need to take several of the following steps:

  • Utilize an emergency supply kit with enough water, food, medicine, batteries and flashlights to last several days.
  • Arrange a communication and meet-up plan with your family or neighbors in case cell phones do not work. 
  • Have your vehicle gas tank filled and cash on hand (as electronic transaction devices and ATM machines will be without power).


Following are some simple things to have on hand:

  • battery-powered emergency lighting (or flashlights, at a minimum)
  • portable or battery-powered radio
  • wind-up or battery-powered clock
  • nonperishable food and water (including a manual can opener)
  • pet food
  • first aid kit
  • telephone that does not depend on electricity


Medical Necessity Customers

Since electric outages can occur at any time, for extended duration, and with no guarantee of which line can be energized in a particular sequence, we recommend that our customers with ongoing, in-home medical conditions requiring power supply consult with their healthcare provider on how best to prepare for power outages. CPAU does not maintain a priority “medical restoration list." Adequate back-up power alternatives for specific needs may include: additional supplies of device batteries; a properly-sized, pre-charged uninterruptible power supply; an onsite generator, etc. 

If residents/visitors/CPAU medical necessity customers experience an electric outage of any duration that threatens their health or safety, they are advised to call 911 to access Palo Alto’s Emergency Medical Services staff.

View storm and emergency preparedness resource.

PG&E and Electrical Service in Palo Alto

PG&E manages the electric transmission grid for the entire Bay Area, including Palo Alto. While PG&E does not directly serve electricity to City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) customers, the City intakes electricity from PG&E’s transmission system. In the event PG&E shuts off major transmission lines in the Bay Area, power outages could potentially affect Palo Alto. CPAU will monitor and manage its own infrastructure based on weather and safety assessments. 

Read more about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off program at pge.com/psps

Learn more about the City of Palo Alto's wildfire prevention and mitigation strategies here