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California’s PG&E customers may face new round of mass outages

“Newsom blames PG&E for doing too little to properly maintain and secure its power lines against wind damage and has accused the utility of poorly managing some of the mass outages” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. If Pacific Gas & Electric Co, a unit of PG&E Corp, goes through with another “public safety power shutoff”, it would be the fourth round of mass blackouts imposed by the utility since Oct. 9, when some 730,000 customers were left in the dark.Utility executives have acknowledged room for improvement while defending the…

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California businesses at risk amid fires, power outages

“Now power outages are exacerbating the problems; utilities have turned off power when it believes that weather conditions, including high winds, are ripe for fires to break out and spread” reports thebusinessjournal.com. Smoke, ash and power outages force companies to shut down or cost them business even if owners and employees aren’t forced to evacuate.Companies expecting power outages to be a fact of life going forward are considering how they can keep running when they’re off the grid.(AP) — The California wildfires are taking a toll on small businesses, including…

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California regulators open inquiry into PG&E power outages

“California regulators have unanimously ordered an investigation into a dozen deliberate Pacific Gas & Electric power outages that plunged millions of people into the dark last month” writes The Associated Press for latimes.com. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric also shut off power, but to far fewer people.Southern California Edison also initiated five preventive outages but to far fewer customers.Residents in San Francisco suburbs and in Northern California wine country were without power for days. Source: latimes.com

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California Outages Strain Energy Management at Health Care Facilities

“Despite the planned outages, a blaze began on October 23 in Sonoma County” writes Alyssa Danigelis for environmentalleader.com. The first round of planned outages affected more than 730,000 customers.Health care executives in California say that Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s public safety power shutoffs are causing widespread disruption, including extensive reliance on backup generators and facility closures.Theresa Frei, CEO of the Sutter Valley Medical Foundation, told the paper that a generator keeping one of Sutter Health’s rural health clinics in Brownsville running had failed. Source: environmentalleader.com

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More than 10,000 FirstEnergy customers without power in Northeast Ohio

“CLEVELAND, Ohio — More than 10,000 FirstEnergy customers are without power Thursday evening in Northeast Ohio” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. Nearly 1,800 customers were without power in Lakewood, and more than 960 outages were reported in Beachwood, FirstEnergy reported on its storm center website.The latest information on power outages can be found on FirstEnergy’s website.There were 370 outages reported in Lake County, including nearly 240 in Willoughby Hills and more than 110 in Madison Township. Source: cleveland.com

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Massive new power outages expected across California as powerful winds return

“With the big Kincade fire spreading, Santa Rosa residents were forced to evacuate in darkness early Sunday amid PG&E power outages, using flashlights and cellphones as light sources” writes Colleen Shalis A for latimes.com. Californians are bracing for major power outages throughout the state as utilities consider sweeping blackouts amid returning high winds.To the south, a forecast of more Santa Ana winds prompted Southern California Edison to say it could shut off power to more than 350,000 customers.Critics want PG&E to stop causing more wildfires, but the utility also has…

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Elon Musk offers discounted solar panels and batteries after California blackouts

“Tesla is offering a discount on solar panels and batteries to people who are affected by wildfire power outages, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today” writes Justine Calma for theverge.com. The fragile, flammable nature of the power grid means that some residents are turning to solar power as a way to keep the lights on.More than 2 million people across California have been affected by power outages since October 25th as utility companies try to prevent their power lines from sparking new blazes.Homes with solar panels are still connected to…

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Fire weather prompts unprecedented blackouts

“The tower was not part of the last round of pre-emptive power outages, Johnson said” writes Dennis Romero for nbcnews.com. The planned power outages have been slammed by Gov.Record, planned power outages that could affect more than 2 million people in California were set to begin Saturday afternoon with what the state’s largest utility called a “historic wind event” posing extreme fire danger. Source: nbcnews.com

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PG&E expands number of Northern California customers to be affected by outages to 940,000

“PG&E plans to preemptively cut-off power to some 940,000 customers in 36 counties, officials tweeted Saturday morning” writes Maura Dolan Is for latimes.com. Downed power lines have been linked to disastrous, deadly wild fires in California in recent years.PG&E said Cal Fire also pointed out a “broken jumper on the same tower.” PG&E had been shutting off power to residents to avoid fires sparked by electric lines.Power will stop flowing to some customers as early as 2 p.m., with hot, dry, windy conditions expected to effect service throughout the weekend,…

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Hundreds flee Northern California wildfire amid blackouts

“In Southern California, hot and dry Santa Ana winds prompted Southern California Edison to cut power to more than 15,000 customers” reports thebusinessjournal.com. Other utilities also cut power Wednesday and Thursday to some residents in Southern California, where at least two fires had erupted.(AP) — Hundreds of people were forced to flee Northern California wine country early Thursday as a wildfire exploded in size, fueled by dangerous winds that prompted utilities throughout the state to impose electrical blackouts to prevent fires.The San Diego Gas & Electric utility said it cut…

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