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Millions of people in California woke up in the dark Wednesday after Pacific Gas & Electric started shutting off power to prevent what the utility called an unprecedented wildfire danger.

PG&E said it cut power to more than 500,000 customers in Northern California and that it plans to gradually turn off electricity to nearly 800,000 customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather.

A second group of about 234,000 customers will lose power starting at noon, the utility said.

The utility plans to shut off power in parts of 34 northern, central and coastal California counties to reduce the chance of fierce winds knocking down or toppling trees into power lines during a siege of hot, dry, gusty weather.

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"This is a last resort," said Sumeet Singh, head of the utility's Community Wildfire Safety Program.

However, people should be outraged by the move, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. "No one is satisfied with this, no one is happy with this," he said.

The utility needs to upgrade and fix its equipment so massive outages aren't the norm going forward, he said.

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"It's inexcusable that we're in the situation that we're in," she said. "We pay our bills, and we gave PG&E a monopoly to guarantee we would have" reliable power.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-california-electricity-blackouts-wildfires-20191009-sfkjo3fluvc5nhkhyr7375zuni-story.html

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I don't know about what PG&E did in the past, but I just checked and they showed a loss for the last quarter under GAAPS so I doubt they are looking to invest money into infrastructure at this time

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This is why we need public utilities. Corrupt companies like this are going to get people killed by refusing to provide one of the foundations of human life at this point, electricity.  All to maintain the margins.

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11 minutes ago, Willy Mo said:

This is why we need public utilities. Corrupt companies like this are going to get people killed by refusing to provide one of the foundations of human life at this point, electricity.  All to maintain the margins.

Its no longer about margins.

Its about horrific maintenance and lack of upgrades in the Land of the Fruits and Nuts. Anything that remote appears to either go against Green Mother Earth or require regulation, or pushes natural gas is so heavily scrutinized in California things come to a still still.

They deserve this. They need a wake-up call in California.

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