About 250,000 California residents could be impacted by a Public Safety Power Shutoff this week
21 November, 2019, 00:29
Newsom blames PG&E for doing too little to properly maintain and secure its power lines against wind damage and has accused the utility of poorly managing some of the mass outages.
Johnson told the panel that the smaller shutdowns persuaded company officials they "had figured it out".
The outages are a response to forecasts for humidity levels to drop and heavy desert winds to howl through the region, a scenario that strengthens the risk of wildfires ignited by downed power lines.
Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener reported he thought-about PG&E had "forfeited its correct to run as an trader-owned utility".
"That has really created among the Legislature and among your customers a real trust issue", Dodd said.
In the meantime, persons in Northern California have been bracing for far more outages.
"Once the high winds subside, now expected to be Thursday mid-morning, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power".
Strong, dry offshore winds have kicked in across Northern California, escalating the risk of wildfires in places from the wine country in Napa and Sonoma counties to the San Francisco Bay area. Just seven many years later on, which is grown to more than 50%.
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More than 300,000 California residents could be impacted by a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) as winds pick up Wednesday morning and last until Thursday morning, a release from the utility said.
Johnson told lawmakers that PG&E has spent $30 billion over the last 10 years improving its electrical network.
Update: PG&E on Monday evening increased its estimate of customers impacted by Wednesday's possible shutoff to 303,000 homes and businesses, adding an additional 39,000 customers in parts of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Mateo.
"We do not expect an annual repeat of what we went through this October", Johnson said. "That just can't occur once again". He did note that if the company made a decision to bury one-quarter of its power lines in wildfire-prone areas, it would cost roughly $15 billion. "Not so much because of the liability, but because it's the right thing to do given the circumstances".
California regulators have ordered PG&E to say why it should not be sanctioned for violating state rules regarding such shutoffs. The enterprise has a lot more than five million buyers in Northern California.
Lawmakers have set a June 30 deadline for PG&E to come up from private chapter or else forfeit participation in a fund constructed to help cope with damages from potential wildfires. But negotiations have bogged down as shareholders and creditors battle in bankruptcy court over the future of the company.
A federal private chapter select has appointed a mediator to contemplate to resolve the case. But Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has threatened to intervene if the business just can not reach an settlement by June 30, such as a prospective condition takeover.
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