US PG&E: Power shutoffs possible for NorCal counties this week
Sonoma State Students Arrested For Ransacking Empty Dorms During Kincade Fire
Three Sonoma State University students were arrested on suspicion of ransacking dorm rooms on the campus while it was closed during the Kincade Fire.Daryl Reems, Jose Rubio and Lamont Paxton, all 18 years old, allegedly targeted over 20 student housing units on the Rohnert Park campus, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. The university’s Daily Crime Log reflects that 24 burglaries were reported from Nov. 2 through Nov. 5.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it's monitoring a "potentially strong offshore wind event" Wednesday that could prompt the utility to turn off the power for customers in Northern California.
The potential shutoffs would affect customers in the Sierra foothills, North Valley and North Bay, according to a news release from PG&E.
The shutoffs are part of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program, which is designed to reduce the threat of wildfires that could be sparked by lines brought down in gusting winds.
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The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas & Electric is in bankruptcy, facing $30 billion in liabilities, billions more in needed upgrades to its system and an uncertain path to safely providing reliable power to a vast portion of California.
"Both the forecast and the scope of the weather event remain very fluid three days ahead of the event. At present, projections reflect a possible weather event similar to previous PSPS events that impacted about 180,000 customers," PG&E said in the release.
"During late fall, PG&E’s service territory typically experiences dry vegetation (plants, shrubs, twigs and debris) that are ripe for igniting or spreading a wildfire. But dry vegetation conditions have worsened further due to above-average temperatures for this time of year, the lack of rain and the recent series of extreme wind events," PG&E said.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The CEO of the nation’s largest utility is expected to face angry California lawmakers on Monday over the company’s decision to turn off power for millions of people to prevent its outdated equipment from starting wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. CEO Bill Johnson is scheduled to testify during a Legislative oversight hearing on Monday, Nov. 18, at the state Capitol. Lawmakers have repeatedly criticized the bankrupt company for leaving millions of people in the dark for days at a time during dry, windy weather events in October. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Fire) SACRAMENTO, Calif.
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PG&E shutting off power to 450,000 people in Northern California .
About 450,000 people will be without power starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday as dry weather and strong winds roll through Northern California, increasing the risk of fires. The number of affected customers was cut in half from Pacific Gas & Electric’s original estimates, affecting 18 counties. The shutoffs will begin with Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and portions of Sonoma and Yolo counties, the utility giant said.
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