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US Power outages, again? 750K people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

12:32  19 november  2019
12:32  19 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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  California regulators to open inquiry into power outages California regulators will vote Wednesday on whether to open an investigation into pre-emptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state for much of October as strong winds sparked fears of wildfires. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., initiated multiple rounds of shut-offs that plunged nearly 2.5 million people into darkness throughout northern and central California. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) 2/4 SLIDES © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company workmen bury utility lines in Paradise, Calif.

Power outages begin in California to prevent wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric started the shutoff early Wednesday, leaving parts of 22 counties -- including northern portions of the PG & E shut down power for about 500,000 customers in Northern California early Wednesday, but was Diablo winds sweeping across arid Northern California "historically are the events that cause the most destructive

A Northern California wildfire exploded in size early Thursday as dangerously windy weather prompted the state's largest utility to impose electrical 24, 2019. Portions of Northern California remain in the dark after Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to prevent wildfires from sparking during dry and windy

While Southern California anticipates its first rain of the season, the state's largest utility warned it may shut off power for 750,000 people as high fire-risk conditions return to the northern part of the state.

Power outages could last from Wednesday morning to Thursday evening, Pacific Gas & Electric said, affecting customers in the Sierra Foothills and greater San Francisco Bay Area. 

Customers received notification on the same day state lawmakers grilled PG&E's leadership on how it handled three widespread shutoffs last month, which later sparked an investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission

Utility’s boss to testify about power shutoffs in California

  Utility’s boss to testify about power shutoffs in California 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.

Two California utilities said they may cut power to more than 900,000 customers for days starting after midnight Wednesday morning because of dry winds that could down power lines and cause fires.

PG & E has for months warned that pre-emptive power blackouts would be likely as it tries to catch up on a yearslong backlog of maintenance work on the Of the 10 largest wildfires recorded in California , five have been in the last decade. PG & E is required by law to serve homes nestled in wildland areas

a man sitting on a table: Brian Boyd checks one of the generators used to provide power at the Clear Creek Crossing store near Paradise, Calif., on Oct. 24, 2019. The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. cut power to 17 counties in Northern California to help prevent wildfires caused by downed power lines. Boyd said generators were brought to the store to provide power to the refrigerators and to provide some service to area residents. © Rich Pedroncelli, AP Brian Boyd checks one of the generators used to provide power at the Clear Creek Crossing store near Paradise, Calif., on Oct. 24, 2019. The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. cut power to 17 counties in Northern California to help prevent wildfires caused by downed power lines. Boyd said generators were brought to the store to provide power to the refrigerators and to provide some service to area residents.

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Residents in 25 counties may lose power this time, PG&E said in a Monday news release, as part of its effort to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires amid high winds and dry conditions.

At long last: Welcome rain coming to parched, fire-weary California

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Northern California is bracing for more power outages after Pacific Gas & Electric started notifying customers that it may turn off electricity Wednesday because of strong winds that could spark wildfires. The latest planned blackout is expected to affect 660,000 people in parts of 22 counties, including the

A Pacific Gas and Electric ( PG & E ) truck sits parked on a street on June 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California . California lawmakers are saying that PG & E is If you figure an average of three people per household — after all a single customer could be an apartment building with 50 residents — this

Unlike last month, however, Southern California utilities won't follow suit thanks to a favorable weather forecast. Starting Tuesday, Los Angeles and San Diego may see up to an inch of rain, the Weather Channel said. The first precipitation of the water year, which began Oct. 1, could bring relief to fire-weary areas. 

At least 58 fires have ignited across the state since Oct. 1, according to Cal Fire, torching more than 115,000 acres. The Kincade Fire forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate before firefighters got the Sonoma County blaze under control earlier this month.

No fires were burning Monday night, but more than 81% of the state is considered "abnormally dry," according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report. 

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Meanwhile, people in Northern California were bracing for more outages . PG & E has started notifying customers in parts of 22 counties that it may turn off electricity Wednesday because of strong winds that could spark wildfires. The blackout is expected to affect 660,000 people in the San Francisco

Less than two weeks after California 's largest utility shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to help prevent a wildfire, it says it may leave parts of the state in the dark again .

Still, state officials have called on utilities to reduce the frequency and scale of preemptive shutoffs. The outages disrupt daily life, and may not be preventing fires with PG&E acknowledging it found broken equipment near where the Kincade Fire ignited

'A victim of their own failure': Why PG&E's massive power shutdown in California was inevitable

Gov. Gavin Newsom has sharply criticized PG&E, blaming the utility's "greed" and "mismanagement." 

“We are seeing the scale and scope of something that no state in the 21st century should experience,” Newsom said at a press conference in October. 

Contributing: Gabrielle Cannon, The Desert Sun, and Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Power outages, again? 750K people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

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