California Adds Millions To Budget To Upgrade Wildfire Response Alongside COVID-19 EffortsWith the impending fire season approaching in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state nevertheless is preparing to spend millions more for wildfire preparation and suppression strategies, including establishment of a new wildfire safety division in the state Public Utilities Commission.
Utility Regulators Grill Cell Phone Providers Over Service Loss During Power OutagesUtility regulators demanded answers Wednesday from wireless, internet and landline providers why their equipment failed during previous Pacific Gas & Electric power outages, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without a way to get emergency alerts or make 911 calls.
Power Outages: Thousands Of Santa Rosa Residents Face Night Lit By CandlelightNearly 50,000 Wine Country homes and businesses began going dark Wednesday morning in the latest round of Pacific Gas and Electric power outages, but hours later weather conditions had improved enough to allow the cancellation of planned blackouts in five other Northern California counties.
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.
CPUC Orders Investigation Into PG&E Handling Of Public Safety OutagesCalifornia regulators have unanimously ordered an investigation into a dozen deliberate power outages that plunged millions of people into the dark last month.
PG&E Exec Meets With Gov. Newsom Amid Bankruptcy CaseCalifornia's governor called the chief executive of a troubled utility to his office on Tuesday for a closed-door meeting as the company struggles to emerge from a high-profile bankruptcy while facing criticism for its practice of shutting off power for millions of people to prevent wildfires.
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 Announces Possible Third Consecutive Power Shutdown TuesdayOfficials with Pacific Gas and Electric have announced a possible third consecutive Public Safety Power Shutdown due to dangerous fire conditions that would affect customers in 32 counties starting Tuesday.
Massive Power Shutoff Disrupts Sunday Routines; New Wind Event ForecastNearly two million Northern California residents have had their Sunday rituals disrupted by a historic PG&E preventive power outage as Red Flag Warning wind conditions fueled a wildfire in Sonoma County and threatened to spark blazes elsewhere.
Lights Going Out For Millions In Unprecedented Preventive PG&E Power OutagesWith red flag warning conditions packing howling winds predicted for late Saturday, Pacific Gas & Electric officials went forward with the second planned power shutoff this week because of mounting fire danger conditions from the Bay Area to the Sierra.
PG&E Says High Voltage Power Line Wasn't Shut Off Before Kincade Fire SparkedPG&E officials said they've learned from this week's outage after admitting they only shut off low voltage lines and not high voltage transmission lines prior to the Kincade Fire because winds weren't strong enough.
Weekend Power Shutoffs For 'Historic Wind Event' Could Impact Nearly Entire Bay AreaThe potential high winds this weekend have PG&E warning that another round of power shutoffs may hit nearly every county in the Bay Area starting Saturday night, affecting 400,000 customers.
PG&E To Shut Off Power In Contra Costa County This WeekendPG&E will shut off power to about 120,000 people in Contra Costa County this weekend. Alameda County is also preparing for a PSPS event that may affect 57,000 people.