California Dodges Outages During Heat Wave But EV Owners Push Grid CapacityAlthough the record-breaking heat wave eased slightly Friday, California ISO again issued a Flex Alert urging Californians to conserve power to relieve stress on the grid. Many eectric vehicle owners who had to travel couldn't comply.
California Public Utilities Commission Hits PG&E With $1.9 Billion Penalty For WildfiresThe California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday imposed a record $1.9 billion penalty against PG&E Co. for its role in the catastrophic 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County and 16 North Bay wildfires in 2017.
Report: Kincade Fire, Power Shutoffs Cost Sonoma County $725MThe Kincade Fire and evacuations and four PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs last fall cost Sonoma County $725 million in economic losses, according to a report to the county's Board of Supervisors.
California To Examine Effects Of PG&E Blackouts On CommunicationWhen the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too.
California Utilities Testing Diagnostic Tech That Could Help Prevent WildfiresA new technology being tested by California utilities is aimed at diagnosing problems before they can cause power outages or spark wildfires.
PG&E Says Power Shutoffs Limited Fires Despite Transmission Line Failure In Sonoma CountyThe nation’s largest utility said Friday that its distribution lines have sparked no damaging wildfires since it began repeatedly shutting off power to hundreds of thousands of Northern California customers this fall.
PG&E Begins Power Restoration As Sonoma County Residents Face Bitter ColdParts of Sonoma County are going through their fifth Public Safety Power Shutoff of the season. But this time around, those without power face the bitter cold as well as fire danger.
PG&E Scales Back Power Shutoff; Multiple Counties No Longer ImpactedPG&E officials announced Tuesday afternoon that residents in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties would not be impacted by the planned Public Safety Power Shutoff on Wednesday.
East Bay Residents Happy To Avoid Planned PG&E Power ShutoffTens of thousands of East Bay residents will be spared the latest PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff, but many were well prepared for it.
Bay Area Mayors Call For PG&E To Become Publicly Owned UtilityMayors from the Bay Area to Sacramento are campaigning to turn PG&E into a publicly owned utility.
Independent Energy Homes Not Yet Taking Off Despite Fires, Power Outages In North BayAfter a week of intermittent power outages in the North Bay, the concept of being free from the grid seems pretty appealing. But even in an area hit hard by disaster, the idea is taking some getting used to.
Gov. Newsom Seeks Quick Fix To PG&E BankruptcyCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he wants to speed up the troubled Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy case so the company can be restructured in time for next year's wildfire season.
Repeated Power Shutoffs Spur Homeowners To Install Backup BatteriesAfter multiple power shutoffs and the looming threat of more to come, some Bay Area property owners have had enough and are exploring ways of getting themselves off the power grid.
PG&E CEO Confirms Utility Will Give Bill Credit For Oct. 9 Power ShutoffPG&E confirmed Tuesday evening that the utility will give a bill credit to people affected by the Oct. 9 Public Safety Power Shutoff. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the credit earlier in the day at a news conference.
Bay Area Blood Supply Strained As Fire, Power Outages Close Donation CentersThe Bay Area blood supply is currently strained thanks to blood drive cancellations and unexpected closures due to power outages and wildfires, officials with the nonprofit Vitalant said Tuesday.