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US A new round of PG&E power outages could put 500,000 Californians in the dark for days

16:40  22 october  2019
16:40  22 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The bankrupt Californian power producer said the latest cuts were intended to avoid its equipment sparking wildfires in hot weather. The outages are the latest in a string of events for which PG & E has been widely criticized. Delete Cancel. Post. Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?

(Zero Hedge) Californians trying to justify living in the Golden State might be updating their pro/con On Friday, the state’s largest utility announced that intentional power outages aimed at preventing Last week nearly 800, 000 Californians lost power after PG & E shut it off to lower the risk of wildfires

California's largest utility says it could shut off power to 500,000 people this week for two days or longer as wildfires again threaten to bring havoc to northern parts of the state.

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The warning addressed residents in 15 counties, most in the Sierra foothills and the San Francisco Bay area. It came less than two weeks after gusty winds, high temperatures and parched conditions forced Pacific Gas & Electric to shut off power to 2 million people, many for several days.

That preemptive outage, or Public Safety Power Shutoff, fueled outrage from many residents and political leaders. Gov. Gavin Newsom accused the energy giant of "greed" and mismanagement."

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Power is gradually being restored to tens of thousands of Californians after a second day of outages designed to The second phase of PG & E 's shut-off began late Wednesday. It was expected to impact roughly It warned that customers could be without power for "longer than 48 hours" and suggests

In an attempt to avoid sparking a wildfire, California 's largest utility intentionally cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers Wednesday, and power isn't likely to be restored for days , the company said.

PG&E, however, defends the outages as crucial to the safety of its customers. The company already has filed for bankruptcy after being held liable for tens of billions of dollars in damages resulting from deadly wildfires blamed on downed power lines.

The company has given preliminary notification to more than 200,000 homes and businesses impacting several hundred thousand residents.

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"Weather conditions, including potential fire risk, have been forecast that may impact electric service to portions of our service area," PG&E said in a statement, adding that it will "attempt to notify impacted customers at the phone number or email on file 48 hours before, 24 hours before and just before power is expected to be shut off."

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Californians were in the dark during a multiday power outage aimed at curbing wildfire risks amid Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman Mark Mesesan said Wednesday that it may take days to PG & E said an additional 4, 000 subscribers in the southernmost areas it covers in Kern County could go

While the outages will impact 800, 000 PG & E accounts, many more actual individuals could be affected. Millions could face days without electricity, the Humphries, who lost his home in last year's blaze, saw some irony in PG & E 's aggressive preemptive power outages in the area now, after the

In Southern California: Hillside brush fire in Los Angeles threatens affluent Pacific Palisades homes; evacuations lifted

The utility said authorities have determined more than half of PG&E’s 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California have a high fire threat, given dry grasses and the high volume of dead and dying trees. The state’s high-risk areas have tripled in size in seven years, the statement said.

“The sole purpose of PSPS is to significantly reduce catastrophic wildfire risk to our customers and communities," said Michael Lewis, senior vice president for operations. "As we saw in the last PSPS event, we had more than 100 instances of serious damage and hazard on our distribution and transmission lines from wind gusts of this strength."

California gets ready for more wildfires and power outages as the weather refuses to cooperate

  California gets ready for more wildfires and power outages as the weather refuses to cooperate Just as firefighters got a grip on a blaze that tore through the swanky Pacific Palisades, other Californians are at risk of unpredictable wildfires this week. About 209,000 customers could have their power shut off this week mitigate the risk, Pacific Gas & Electric said."The potential safety shutoff is planned for varying start times depending on location beginning Wednesday evening," the company said.

Californians trying to justify living in the Golden State might be updating their pro/con list by On Friday, the state's largest utility announced that intentional power outages aimed at preventing Last week nearly 800, 000 Californians lost power after PG & E shut it off to lower the risk of wildfires

Californians trying to justify living in the Golden State might be updating their pro/con list by On Friday, the state’s largest utility announced that intentional power outages aimed at preventing Last week nearly 800, 000 Californians lost power after PG & E shut it off to lower the risk of wildfires

Southern California has not been spared the wildfire conditions, and firefighters have been conducting fierce battles in recent days to protect homes. Southern California Edison said it was monitoring conditions but had no immediate plans to cut power.

Consider this: California power lines spark wildfires and prompt blackouts. Why not just bury them?

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: A new round of PG&E power outages could put 500,000 Californians in the dark for days

The terrifying experience of escaping wildfire with the power shut off: 'It was pitch black' .
Mary and Charles Lindsey went to sleep to the glow of the Tick fire, but they had seen wildfires before, and their two-story home in the Santa Clarita foothills seemed safe enough. It wasn't until 2:30 a.m. Friday that something — maybe the whir of helicopters or perhaps the providence of God — woke Mary up. She saw the unusual light creeping through the bedroom curtains. "That's not right," she thought, grabbing a flashlight.

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