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Long-Term Solutions for California Wildfire Prevention

Long-Term Solutions for California Wildfire Prevention

    By Edward Ring Nobody knew how the fire started. It took hold in the dry chaparral and grasslands and quickly spread up the sides of the canyon. Propelled by winds gusting over 40 miles per hour and extremely dry air (humidity below 25 percent), the fire spread over the ridge and into the town […]

Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

By Debra Tash Residents of Ventura County recently experienced the effects of a Southern California Edison’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  It was the utility’s attempt to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment/grid failures in a high wind event.  Customers were left in the dark for days resulting in food spoilage, revenue loss with businesses […]

Here’s How State Regulators Played A Role In California’s Rolling Blackouts, Wildfires

Here’s How State Regulators Played A Role In California’s Rolling Blackouts, Wildfires

CHRIS WHITE TECH REPORTER   California Gov. Gavin Newsom railed against the state’s public utility company for blacking out large portions of the state, but some experts say regulators are partially to blame. Regulators in the state are too preoccupied with solar panels, climate change and keeping customers’ rates low to update old transmission lines that […]

Gov. Gavin Newsom Took Big Dollar Donations From The California Public Utility Behind Rolling Blackouts

Gov. Gavin Newsom Took Big Dollar Donations From The California Public Utility Behind Rolling Blackouts

CHRIS WHITE TECH REPORTER   California Gov. Gavin Newsom accepted big dollar donations in 2018 from the utility company now being vilified for shutting off large sections of the state’s electricity grid to avoid sparking wildfires. Newsom and his allies took $208,400 from Pacific Gas and Electric during his run for governor before the public utility began controlled […]

American Lung Association Urges Residents Throughout California to Protect Their Lungs During Continued, Devastating Wildfires 

American Lung Association Urges Residents Throughout California to Protect Their Lungs During Continued, Devastating Wildfires 

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 28, 2019) – As fires continue to rage across California, the American Lung Association reminds those in, or within several hundred miles of affected areas, to follow all advice and directives given by local authorities and to follow these important tips on how best to protect families’ lungs throughout this dangerous […]

San Jose mayor joins push to break up PG&E

San Jose mayor joins push to break up PG&E

By Chris Reed The political pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Legislature and the California Public Utilities Commission to break up Pacific Gas & Electric has grown rapidly since PG&E ordered power outages from Oct. 9-12 that affected more than 2 million people in response to the fire threat posed by heavy winds. The utility […]

Gov Gavin Newsom Struggles To Stay In Control As California Goes Dark, Wildfires Spread, And Gas Prices Spike

Gov Gavin Newsom Struggles To Stay In Control As California Goes Dark, Wildfires Spread, And Gas Prices Spike

CHRIS WHITE TECH REPORTER   Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning citizens that they could be in for a long weekend as the state’s public utility announced Saturday plans to shut down huge sections of the electric grid. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s move could black out an estimated 940,000 homes and businesses in parts of […]

70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on payments

70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on payments

As many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years. But tens of thousands of them have not sought compensation. They face a Monday deadline to file claims against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility blamed for many of […]

Utility customers will pay $10.5 billion for California wildfire costs under bill sent to Newsom

Utility customers will pay $10.5 billion for California wildfire costs under bill sent to Newsom

By TARYN LUNA Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign legislation Friday to overhaul how the state pays for utility wildfire damage — a complex bill the governor championed and moved swiftly through the California Legislature this week at Wall Street’s urging. The bill’s passage was a political victory for the governor, but some questioned whether […]

California Utility’s Plan To Prevent Wildfires Includes Shutting Off Power To 5 Million People: Report

California Utility’s Plan To Prevent Wildfires Includes Shutting Off Power To 5 Million People: Report

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter.   PG&E, California’s largest utility, is reportedly considering shutting off power to as much as an eighth of Californians during times of high fire danger. PG&E’s service area covers 5.4 million people in fire-prone areas. The utility might initiate a blackout to keep its electric lines from sparking and starting fires during […]

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