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.
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.
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.
PG&E: Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff To Affect Over 300K Customers Starting WednesdayExtremely dry and windy conditions have prompted Pacific Gas and Electric to issue a 48-hour notice Monday of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting 264,000 customers in 22 Northern California counties, including six Bay Area counties.
Bay Area Power Shutoff Survival GuideExtremely and windy conditions have prompted Pacific Gas and Electric to issue a 48-hour notice Monday of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting 264,000 customers in 22 Northern California counties, including six Bay Area counties.
State PUC To Investigate PG&E's Power Shutoff PolicyThe state Public Utility Commission announced Wednesday it will launch an investigation into all aspects of Pacific Gas & Electric's policy to turn off electricity to homes and businesses as a way to prevent wildfires.
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.
Fire Rips Through Home Vacated Because Of Power Shutoff; Dog Found DeadA fire killed a dog and destroyed a garage at a residence in east Santa Rosa early Wednesday morning, fire officials said.
'A Failure Of Epic Proportions'; Anger, Frustration Greet New Round Of Power ShutoffsFor the fourth time this month, Pacific Gas and Electric launched a tidal wave of preventive power outages across the San Francisco Bay Area early Tuesday, triggering rising anger and frustration among the thousands of customers facing life without electricity.
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.
New PG&E Power Shutoff Tuesday May Affect Up To 600K CustomersMany PG&E customers in the Bay Area had their lights come back on Monday, but some were not restored before another round of strong winds threatened to damage power lines and spark fires.
Public Utilities Commission To Launch Investigation Into PG&E Power ShutoffsIn the wake of a series of Public Safety Power Shutoffs taking place throughout Sonoma County due to the Kincade Fire, the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday announced it would be launching an investigation into the shutoffs.