Hundreds of thousands brace for power shutoffs as California fires burn 2m acres 2020/09/08 23:48:13 The Guardian
Altogether, 721,000 people could be affected by these preventive measures, posing significant risks to the physically vulnerable Hundreds of thousands of Californians are bracing for preventive power shutoffs, as wildfires have burned a record 2m acres across the state and the pandemic keeps many confined to their homes. The first wave of power shutoffs started late Monday night, with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) cutting power to 172,000 homes and businesses in 22 counties in northern California because of strong winds and dry conditions in the forecast. The utility also planned to shut off power to customers in Kern county, north of Los Angeles, starting Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading…
New Blackouts to Darken California 2020/09/08 03:25:00 The Wall Street Journal
PG&E said it planned to cut power in parts of Northern California late Monday to reduce wildfire risks, a day after the state narrowly averted rolling blackouts to relieve strain on its electric grid during a heat wave.
Scheme to raise monthly utility bills for wildfires is killed in Sacramento 2020/09/01 19:21:11 Vallejo Times-Herald
AB 1659 was floated as an emergency measure to combat wildfires that would have added roughly $1 to the monthly bills for customers of PG&E, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric, but the measure died in the state Senate without a vote.
Former PG&E Employee Admits To Fraud, Kickbacks 2020/08/31 20:28:34 Patch
Former PG&E Employee Admits To Fraud, Kickbacks - Dublin, CA - He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Green California Has The Nation's Worst Power-Grid 2020/08/20 02:05:00 Zero Hedge
Green California Has The Nation's Worst Power-Grid Tyler Durden Wed, 08/19/2020 - 22:05 Authored by Steve Goreham via Washington Examiner , More than a million Californians suffered power blackouts last Friday evening [and continue under the threat of more rolling black outs]. When high temperatures caused customer demand to exceed the power available, California electrical utilities used rotating outages to force a reduction in demand. The California grid is the worst in the nation, with green energy policies pursued by the state likely furthering reduced grid reliability. At 6:30 pm on Friday, Pacific Gas and Electric, California’s biggest utility, began shutting off power in rolling outages to force a reduction in demand. Southern California Edison also denied power to homes, beginning just before 7 pm. Shutoffs impacted a rotating group of up to two million customers until 11 pm. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) declared a Stage 3 Electrical Emergency, the first Stage 3 emergency since 2001.
How to check if your home will lose power during PG&E blackouts 2020/08/18 22:57:38 Vacaville Reporter
PG&E has a website to look up your address and see if you are in line for rolling blackouts, and when. Here's how to use it.
PG&E says outages to impact 3 Bay Area counties Sunday night 2020/08/17 03:04:32 Yahoo News
OUTAGE UPDATE: PG&E says the rolling blackouts are expected to affect approximately 210,000 customers in portions of San Francisco, San Mateo and Contra Costa Counties.
PG&E warns of more rolling outages amid California heat wave 2020/08/15 23:41:00 CP24
California's largest utility warned of a second round of rolling power outages Saturday as a heat wave baking California in triple-digit temperatures continues to strain the electrical system.
California Forced Into Rolling Blackouts As Heatwave Sparks First "Stage 3" Energy Crisis In 20 Years 2020/08/15 16:11:14 Zero Hedge
California Forced Into Rolling Blackouts As Heatwave Sparks First "Stage 3" Energy Crisis In 20 Years Tyler Durden Sat, 08/15/2020 - 12:11 While the rest of the country was distracted by the stimulus talks and the ongoing coronavirus situation, another deadly wildfire season has begun in California. And with t he state's prison population in the grips of an uncontrolled outbreak that has left thousands sickened and under quarantine orders - making them ineligible to fight fires - a dangerous heat wave is gripping the state, accelerating the spread of wildfires that broke out earlier this week, while also creating the state's first "Stage 3" energy crisis in 20 years. The relentless heat wave is expected to endure until mid-week, and is sending temperatures soaring to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, exacerbating the fire situation and forcing millions of Californians to endure rolling blackouts. The situation is compounding Californians' problems as a particularly dangerous time as hundreds of COVID patients depend on ventilators to breath.