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US California regulator sanctions utility over power outages

01:35  15 october  2019
01:35  15 october  2019 Source:   msn.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.

Power is being shut off to nearly 800,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in Northern California due to the The utility said the shutoffs were being considered based on a fire weather watch from the Elected officials and residents expressed anger over the blackouts. "People should be outraged, as

A Northern California utility says it will shut off power to more than 800,000 customers in 34 counties to reduce the risk of wildfire amid dry, windy conditions. Pacific Gas and Electric says it expects to begin shutting down power in some areas starting just Tuesday night around midnight.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's utility regulator is issuing a series of sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric for what it calls "failures in execution" during the largest planned power shut-off in state history to avoid wildfires.

In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric employees work in the PG&E Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco. Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year. © AP Photo/Jeff Chiu/File In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric employees work in the PG&E Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco. Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year.

California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer says the utility must have a goal of restoring power within 12 hours instead of its current 48 hours, minimize the scale of outages and improve communication.

PG&E last week took the unprecedented step of cutting power to more than 700,000 customers, affecting nearly 2 million Californians. The company did it because of dangerous wind forecast but acknowledged that its execution was poor.

Its website frequently crashed, and many people said they did not know the power was going out.

PG&E didn't immediately comment on the sanctions.

California power outages hit more than 500,000 amid high winds and fires across the state .
More than half a million people woke up without power Thursday as California faces hot weather, strong winds and fast-moving wildfires that have erupted across the state. More than half a million people woke up without power Thursday as California faces hot weather, strong winds and fast-moving wildfires that have erupted across the state.

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