PG&E explains power shortage the Bay Area will experience during eclipse

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PG&E is walking customers through how it plans to handle the power hit it will take during the eclipse Monday. (KGO-TV )

PG&E is walking customers through how it plans to handle the power hit it will take during the eclipse Monday.

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The Bay Area will see a reduction of the sun's power by 75-percent during the eclipse.

To make up for that brief but significant absence of full solar energy, PG&E has a few backup plans in place, which include increasing hydroelectric power sources.

"With the grid, we are able to use hydro power, natural gas, and other sources to make sure the energy is there for customers," said Matt Nauman with PG&E.

PG&E is also working closely with the state's independent system operator to find replacement sources.

On the day of the eclipse, we'll bring you live coverage on TV and online. Click here for other stories, videos, and photos on this rare celestial event.

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