California Power Grid Still Vulnerable To Rotating Blackouts From Extreme HeatCalifornia’s top energy regulators on Tuesday said the state is better prepared to avoid last summer’s rotating blackouts, but they cautioned the power grid of the nation’s most populous state is still vulnerable to extreme heat waves that could force more outages later this year.
PG&E Mistakenly Powered Down Plant During August 15 Stage 3 Energy AlertWhile state power officials were declaring a Stage 3 Alert in mid-August, PG&E officials were sending an errant message to one of their major plants, forcing it to actually cut the flow of electricity into the grid, officials revealed Tuesday.
Portable Generators Fly Off Bay Area Store Shelves With Continuing Threat of Rolling BlackoutsThis weekend's flex alert raised the specter of more rolling blackouts. Next week's elevated fire danger has prompted a power shutoff watch. For anyone thinking about grabbing a generator, forget it.
State Sen. Wiener Calls For Utilities To Pay For Some Blackout CostsCalifornians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things like lost wages or spoiled food under a bill being considered in the state Legislature.
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.
Early PG&E Blackouts Forewarned Later ProblemsAn Associated Press review shows widespread problems with the four “public safety power shutoffs” the utility started rolling out in 2018, a year before massive blackouts paralyzed much of California in recent months.
PG&E Begins Restoring Power In North Bay, Sierra Foothills; Plans New Weekend ShutdownsPG&E on Thursday gave a weather "all clear" to customers affected by its Public Safety Power Shutoff that began Wednesday in the North Bay and Sierra foothills above Interstate Highway 80.
Mill Valley Denies Permits For Backup Generators As PG&E Power Shutoffs LoomLarge wildfires may be the new normal in Northern California and everyone should be ready for power outages, as a result. Still, many cities and towns are still holding to regulations that prevent people from installing backup generators for when the lights go out.
Californians Could Face Reduced Power During Summer EveningsThe manager of California's power grid said Wednesday that below-average hydroelectricity production could mean reduced supplies for consumers during high-demand periods this summer.
NFL To Suspend TV Blackout Rule For 2015 SeasonThe National Football League will not blackout any games from local TV markets during the 2015 season.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Gets Personal About Substance AbuseBillie Joe Armstrong opens up alcohol and prescription drug abuse in the new issue of Rolling Stone, revealing details about his blackouts...