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US Millions in California may be in the dark for a week if PG&E shuts off power due to fire potential, San Jose mayor says

10:30  08 october  2019
10:30  08 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

PG&E: Power could be shut off for 800,000 customers

  PG&E: Power could be shut off for 800,000 customers Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is warning customers that the utility may shut off power to portions of 34 California counties this week because of a potentially widespread wind event. The potential Public Safety Power Shutoff could impact nearly 800,000 customers across Northern and Central California, the utility said Monday night. The strong and dry wind event, forecast for Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon, could impact much of PG&E's service area, which includes northern, coastal and Bay Area counties. The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for midweek.

PG & E said this week that the structures in question were temporary wooden poles that had since been replaced. PG & E also spent millions less on operations and maintenance than it was supposed to. State officials say there is a good template elsewhere in California for what PG & E should be aiming

PG & E said in an earlier filing that the Butte County district attorney and California ’s attorney general had opened a criminal investigation into the Camp Fire . “ If PG & E wants to do the honorable thing, they should stop spending tens of millions of dollars in bankruptcy court and begin putting together

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced Monday it may shut off power this week in nearly 30 northern California counties in response to strong and dry winds posing a fire threat.

a close up of a brick building: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 18:  A view of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on June 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. California lawmakers are saying that PG&E is considering bankruptcy after a report released by Cal Fire investigators earlier this month showed that PG&E was tied to 12 California wildfires in 2017 that destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people. The fires could cost PG&E over $15 billion in fines and related liabilities.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 18: A view of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on June 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. California lawmakers are saying that PG&E is considering bankruptcy after a report released by Cal Fire investigators earlier this month showed that PG&E was tied to 12 California wildfires in 2017 that destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people. The fires could cost PG&E over $15 billion in fines and related liabilities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

"We would encourage residents and businesses to prepare for being without power for potentially as long as seven days," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a press conference Monday night.

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PG & E could shut down power to as many as 5.4 million customers during extreme weather conditions. Several power companies submitted their required "wildfire mitigation plans" to California regulators this week . But PG & E 's plan may be especially consequential, given that its power lines

Pacific Gas & Electric says it might shut off power to customers in parts of 29 California counties later this week to protect against the threat of wildfires. PG & E power lines have been blamed for several high profile fires in recent years, including the blaze that killed 86 people last year in Paradise

Nearly 2 million people could be affected if there is a shutdown Wednesday, Liccardo said, as well as about 67 schools.

The public safety power shutoff would span across northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties, the utility company said. PG&E has previously said it's "probable" that its equipment started the 2018 Camp Fire -- California's deadliest and most destructive blaze -- when a power line touched nearby trees.

An investigation by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found the company responsible for the fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed thousands of structures.

Massive power outage in California sparks anger at PG&E: 'It is excessive'

  Massive power outage in California sparks anger at PG&E: 'It is excessive' A massive planned power outage that could affect millions in Northern and Central California is sparking frustration and skepticism in some areas over whether the extreme action is the best way to reduce fire risk. Pacific Gas & Electric began turning off the power at midnight to an expected 800,000 customers to reduce the risk of wildfires because of windy conditions. Some of California's worst blazes have been sparked by power lines, including last year's Paradise fire and the 2017 wine country fires.

Experts said PG & E ’s predicament could be an early indicator of a wider economic toll from climate Mr. Newsom said Monday that he had been “ in constant contact throughout the week and over the Fire investigators determined PG & E to be the cause of at least 17 of 21 major Northern California

PG & E has dramatically expanded its plans to turn off power lines during dangerously dry and windy 2of2 PG & E says it has a plan to reach out to medically vulnerable customers.Photo: Paul Chinn In the vanguard of power shut -offs was another utility, San Diego Gas & Electric, which created its Power shut -offs are just one aspect of PG & E ’s fire -prevention work. The utility is ramping up its tree

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday through Thursday across northern portions of California, warning of "potential of rapid spread of fire" and reporting "potentially strong, damaging" winds and relatively low humidity.

"This has the potential to be the strongest offshore wind event of the year," the weather service said. "The time to prepare is now."

The city of San Jose had been preparing for a similar event since June, the mayor said.

"Some of what we need to do to get ready will in fact take years," he said. "That is ensuring we have sufficient backup power generation, establishing microgrids where we can do so, things of that nature."

In the meantime, he urged residents to shelter in place, as street lights and signals will not be working in the event of a power shutoff. He also encouraged households to create emergency plans and kits which include food and water for all family members and pets.

Late last month, PG&E shut off power to more than 48,000 northern California customers in precaution following dry and windy conditions. It was the second consecutive public safety power shutoff in that week, after the company had previously left about 24,000 customers across three northern California counties in the dark.

On September 13, the utility giant announced it had reached an $11 billion settlement with insurance companies for claims stemming from the devastating 2017 wildfires across northern California and the 2018 Camp Fire.

And in June, PG&E paid $1 billion in damages to local governments for blazes linked to its power lines and other equipment.

After power is restored to large swath of California, PG&E claims shut-off prevented wildfires .
Utility says downed power lines could have been fire risk as infuriated governor called on state regulators to investigate the intentional outage.Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility, shut down power in stages last week to nearly 1 million customers in a ring around the Bay Area, from wine country to near the Oregon border, and as far east as several Sierra Nevada counties.

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