Tag: Pacific Gas and Electric Co

PG&E Chief Says Blackout ‘Cannot Become the Status Quo’

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric presided over a blackout. Now it is under the spotlight. PG&E’s chief executive said Thursday night that the utility did a poor job in executing the blackout, even if its intentions — pre-empting wildfires caused by its equipment — were sound. “We understand that the size and scope […]

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Compton Earthquake Rattles the Los Angeles Area

ImageMayor London Breed of San Francisco joined kindergarten students at Rosa Parks Elementary School for a duck-and-cover exercise on Thursday.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today by email.) On Thursday, officials around the state marked the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, which killed […]

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Turning Off the Lights in California

BERKELEY, Calif. — The New Normal is the phrase many use to describe the ways our world is evolving as the climate changes. As we have seen in recent years in the American West, and especially in California, it means dealing with more frequent and more devastating wildfires. Many of California’s worst fires, including last […]

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California Is Trying to Prevent Fires. No One Expected a Smoking Garbage Truck.

A utility shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers. Municipalities prohibited people from burning debris. Fire departments called in reinforcements amid dry and windy weather. But the fire precautions of officials and residents across California this week did nothing to prevent a deadly fire in Riverside County sparked by an unlikely culprit: a […]

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‘This Did Not Go Well’: Inside PG&E’s Blackout Control Room

SAN FRANCISCO — It was a problem that California had come to dread. Weather models were signaling extreme winds and dry conditions from one end of the state to the other. The risk of wildfires was high. Pacific Gas & Electric, the giant utility whose power lines and transformers have been blamed for a series […]

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The Haves and Have-Nots of (Electrical) Power in California

PARADISE, Calif. — The intentional blackout by California’s largest utility this week put Forest Jones out of work and his son out of school. On Friday morning Mr. Jones, a handyman and single father, sat in his apartment above a tattoo parlor waiting for the power to come back on and for school to reopen. […]

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Saddleridge Fire Rips Through Southern California, Forcing Evacuations

A fire tore through Southern California overnight on Friday, forcing mandatory evacuations of more than 12,000 homes and setting mobile homes ablaze, just as power was being restored to hundreds of thousands of Northern Californians. The Saddleridge fire was burning more than 4,000 acres in northwest Los Angeles as of Friday morning, according to the […]

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California Blackout: ‘There Was No Time to Prepare’

ImageJulio Camacho worked by headlamp in the kitchen of El Agavero, a restaurant in Oakland.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today by email, here’s the sign-up.) More than 300,000 PG&E customers remained without power on Friday, as the planned shut-off in Northern and Central California continued. (Catch up […]

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For the Most Vulnerable, California Blackouts ‘Can Be Life or Death’

MORAGA, Calif. — When Ben Faus went to bed at his home in the foothills above the Monterey Bay, he knew there was a chance his power would go out but he didn’t know exactly when. About 3 a.m. on Thursday he was jolted awake because his sleep apnea breathing machine stopped working. “All of […]

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How Long the PG&E Outage Will Last, and Other Questions Answered

Pacific Gas & Electric’s unusual decision to cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Northern California to reduce the risk of wildfires has angered many residents and lawmakers. Many of them have questioned whether the company made the right call. About 600,000 Northern California customers, including some in the San Francisco Bay Area, […]

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The Questions Surrounding California’s PG&E Outage

Pacific Gas & Electric’s unusual decision to cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Northern California to reduce the risk of wildfires has angered many residents and lawmakers. Many of them have questioned whether the company made the right call. About 600,000 Northern California customers, including some in the San Francisco Bay Area, […]

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PG&E Power Outage: Live Updates as Californians Confront Blackout

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA stop sign sat at an intersection in a darkened neighborhood in Marin City, Calif., after Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to many Northern California communities Wednesday.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times The second phase of the shutdown cut power to about 250,000 more customers. SAN FRANCISCO […]

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PG&E Power Outage Expands in California: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePacific Gas and Electric cut power to many Northern California communities ahead of winds matched with dry conditions in Sausalito on Wednesday.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times The second phase of the shutdown cut power to about 250,000 more customers. SAN FRANCISCO — About 800,000 electricity customers in […]

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Tales of Chaos From the California Power Outage

ImageShift supervisor James Quinn walks through a darkened CVS Pharmacy as downtown Sonoma.CreditNoah Berger/Associated Press Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox.) On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric customers across a large swath of Northern California felt the effects of the utility’s […]

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Lights Out Across Northern California as PG&E Warns of Wildfire Threat

SAN FRANCISCO — The lights went off in stages in Northern California on Wednesday, from the forests near the Oregon border, down the spine of the Sierra Nevada and finally through the dense hillside communities across the Bay from San Francisco. Hundreds of thousands of households lost power when California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and […]

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California Power Outages: Fire Danger Prompts Utility to Cut Electricity

Large swaths of central and Northern California were expected to be without electricity on Wednesday as the state’s largest utility planned to cut power as a safety precaution. The utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, said that around 800,000 customers would be affected in stages, from the doorstep of Silicon Valley to the foothills of the […]

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Battle for PG&E Hinges on Rival Plans and Uncertain Costs

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s biggest utility is battling for its future. And it’s not a simple fight. Wildfire victims are joining forces with bondholders to contest its bankruptcy plan. Hedge funds are arrayed on both sides. Shareholders could come away winners or losers — and so could customers. The competing interests are colliding in a […]

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California Wildfire Victims Risk Being Left Out as Utility Manages Bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO — After a succession of devastating wildfires in the last four years, tens of thousands of Californians — many with broken spirits, many homeless — may now lose out on compensation from the company that was to blame. A deadline for victims to file claims is less than three weeks away. About 30,000 […]

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California Fire Insurance Squeeze Hinders a Key Goal: Preventing Fires

PARADISE, Calif. — D.J. Gomes and his logging crew were working in California’s wine country last fall, helping clear vegetation away from power lines and reduce the ever-growing wildfire risk. While they were gone, fire came for their hometown. The disaster that followed, the Camp Fire, killed 86 people and virtually leveled Paradise, where Mr. […]

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