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US After power is restored to large swath of California, PG&E claims shut-off prevented wildfires

07:25  15 october  2019
07:25  15 october  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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

  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 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. © 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.

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 Southern California Edison, the utility that serves northern Los Angeles County, shut down power to 13,000 customers before the fires began amid

The power shutoffs by Pacific Gas and Electric ( PG & E ) may affect up to 2.5 million people by the end Swaths of wine country north of San Francisco, hit hard by wildfires in 2017 , sat in the dark for most To the south, Southern California Edison was considering shutting off power for nearly 174

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. —The utility behind last week’s intentional power shut-off across Northern and Central California has restored electricity to all of its customers as shifts in weather have lessened the likelihood its equipment will spark wildfires.

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.

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.

Pacific Gas & Electric , California ’s largest utility, has been responsible for wildfires in recent years that destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres. Several proved deadly. One of the biggest fires started near Sacramento in 2015, when a tree that PG & E had failed to maintain hit one of its power lines.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says all power has been restored to the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state’s largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires . The company announced on Twitter Saturday night that all of the

It was the largest planned power outage of its kind in state history. It will not be the last.

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While the utility says the outage might have prevented wildfires in several northern counties — and the company showed photos of downed power lines as evidence — it certainly caused millions of dollars in damage to closed businesses, generator-less households and others in places where the weather never lived up to the predicted conditions.

The tactic is designed to minimize fire risk in a state where increasingly sudden, severe changes in the weather have intensified the frequency of wildfire damage. But the outage infuriated many California residents and politicians, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who on Monday called on state regulators to investigate the shut-off.

800,000 Californians could be without power by the end of the day

  800,000 Californians could be without power by the end of the day By the end of the day, more than half of all California counties could be without power. In an attempt to prevent wildfires, the state's largest utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is rolling out a planned power outage. Once fully implemented, it will leave an estimated 800,000 customers in the dark and span from Silicon Valley to the Sierra. Why cut the power? It's become evident that overhead power lines are to blame for some of California'sIt's become evident that overhead power lines are to blame for some of California's worst wildfires. Sparks from those power lines have ignited some of the largest and most deadly fires in recent history, including the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

Hundreds of thousands in California woke up in the dark after PG & E started shutting off power to The utility plans to shut off power in parts of 34 northern, central and coastal California counties to It could take as many as five days to restore power after the danger has passed because every inch

Pacific Gas & Electric shutting off power in more than half of California 's 58 counties because of The cutbacks followed a plan instituted after deadly wildfires — some blamed on downed PG & E As at least six wildfires burn in California , the state's largest power utility shut off power to hundreds

In a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, Newsom wrote that the “scope and duration of this outage was unacceptable.” He said a comprehensive review is “critical so we can take concrete and expedited steps to both limit and focus the use of [intentional outages] as a wildfire prevention tool in the future.”

“It was the direct result of decades of PG&E prioritizing profit over public safety,” Newsom wrote. “It was clear from the start that PG&E implemented this extraordinary measure with astounding neglect and lack of preparation.”

As much of Northern California contended with the outage, warm, dry winds whipped through Los Angeles, sparking up two wildfires that forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate homes. Those fires have been blamed for three deaths.

Wildfires rage in California as residents scramble without power

  Wildfires rage in California as residents scramble without power Residents blasted power company PG&E for preemptively cutting off the power for more than 700,000 peopleSwaying trees and power lines would increase the wildfire threat — if the power wasn't already cut. But on Wednesday, the weather conditions prompted the state's largest power utility, PG&E, to preemptively shut off electricity to more than 700,000 customers.

Pacific Gas and Electric says it could cut off power to a large swath of Northern California later this week to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather. The utility says power could be shut off in part of nearly 30 counties in central and Northern California starting Wednesday

Pacific Gas and Electric purposefully shut off electricity to thousands of customers, to prevent a wildfire Pacific Gas and Electric planned to restore power to 70 percent of affected customers in the Two sagging PG & E power lines caused one of those wildfires during heavy winds, killing four

The winds, known as Santa Anas, died down over the weekend, giving firefighters in northern Los Angeles and Riverside counties a chance to contain the fires. As of Monday, the evacuation orders for those potentially in the path of the Saddleridge and Sandalwood fires had been lifted and the fires mostly contained.

Southern California Edison, the utility that serves northern Los Angeles County, shut down power to 13,000 customers before the fires began amid stiffening winds. But it did not do so in Sylmar, a town in the county’s far north that has burned before, where residents reported seeing flames near an Edison electricity transmission tower along Saddle Ridge Road.

The Saddleridge Fire has destroyed 35 homes and burned more than 8,000 acres in the northern San Fernando Valley, near the Ventura County border. Edison told the Los Angeles Times it will cooperate with the investigation into the fire’s cause.

In recent years, California’s fall wildfire season has extended to much of the year with wet winters and springs followed quickly by hot, dry summers, which parch the natural fuel that flourished with the rains. High winds common this time of year can both knock down power lines, which start fires, and drive the flames across the landscape at great speeds.

Inside California's power shutoff: No traffic lights and days of darkness

  Inside California's power shutoff: No traffic lights and days of darkness California's biggest utility has cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents to prevent wildfires, catching some by surprise despite months of warnings. © Augie Martin/CNN This Starbucks in Sausalito, north of San Francisco, was among the businesses closed Wednesday during a massive, intentional power outage in Northern California. FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

As the utility turned off power to millions of Californians , its website went down and it struggled to Trouble has long dogged PG & E , California ’s largest utility and one of the biggest in the country. The San Diego utility was widely criticized when it first used power shut -offs as a wildfire prevention tool

Power provider PG & E has announced that it will be cutting power off for nearly 800,000 customers in California to reduce the risk of wildfires after a But much of the surrounding Bay Area and beyond could go dark, including large swaths of Silicon Valley, the cities of Oakland and Berkeley and much

State laws hold utilities “strictly liable” when their equipment starts fires and causes damage, even if there is no negligence. Utility companies have spent heavily in the past two years lobbying state lawmakers unsuccessfully to loosen the liability rule, among the nation’s strictest.

Newsom and other state leaders have expressed little sympathy for PG&E since the shutdown, which potentially complicated its push for relief. In his Monday letter to the commission, Newsom said he would be calling on PG&E to help offset the economic loss by issuing a billing credit of $100 to residential customers and $250 to small businesses affected by the shutdown.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year as it faced more than $20 billion in liability claims from recent fires, including the state’s most deadly, which last November burned through the town of Paradise, killing 85 people and destroying 14,000 homes.

The utility posted a notice Monday reminding potential plaintiffs that they have until Oct. 21 to file a claim in bankruptcy court against the company.

scott.wilson@washpost.com

Utility set to cut power to thousands of Californians amid dangerous winds .
Large swaths of California will once again be without power as the state's largest utility prepares to cut electrical service to 179,000 customers as early as Wednesday afternoon amid heightened concerns that hot weather and strong winds could lead to wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Wednesday that it will begin shutting off power to customers in the Sierra Foothills about 2 p.m. An hour later, counties in the North Bay will lose service. By 1 a.m. Thursday, portions of San Mateo and Kern counties will also be in the dark.

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