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A Year After Paradise, Identical Conditions Spark More Wildfires in California

A Year After Paradise, Identical Conditions Spark More Wildfires in California

A year after the deadly Camp Fire that killed 85 people in Northern California and destroyed an entire town, dry and hot conditions are creating a perfect storm for more wildfires.

Why This Matters: See where active fires are burning and whether PG&E’s planned outages are doing anything to prevent them.

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Microgrids the Solution to CA’s Wildfires?

Microgrids the Solution to CA’s Wildfires?

Last week the massive power shutoffs enacted by California’s largest electric utility, PG&E, affected millions of people and even lead to the death of a man whose ventilator stopped working. In the aftermath, there’s a lot of anger among PG&E customers and across the state, people are grappling with how to best address wildfire prevention. […]

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Do PG&E’s Shutoffs Prevent Wildfires?

Do PG&E’s Shutoffs Prevent Wildfires?

As you’ve read in our previous story, the ongoing PG&E power outages have posed not just an inconvenience but a safety risk to millions of customers across Northern California.

But is this worth it? According to MIT, occasionally switching off the electricity is an unsustainable plan for grappling with fire risks that will continue to rise in California and elsewhere as climate change accelerates.

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PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

Early yesterday morning, California’s largest utility, PG&E preemptively cut off power to over 500,000 customers in an effort to avoid power lines sparking fires.

What This Means: Prolonged power outages disrupt lives and harm businesses. The shutoff created sheer chaos through much of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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San Francisco Makes an Offer to Buy Back Its Power Grid from PG&E

California’s largest utility, PG&E, has seen its fair share of woes in recent years. Not only did its transmission lines spark the deadly Camp Fire but this past January it filed for bankruptcy as a result of its mounting legal claims. This bankruptcy has sparked questions about the future of utilities and if more localized […]

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California’s New Wildfire Plans Leaves Public with Mixed Feelings

California’s New Wildfire Plans Leaves Public with Mixed Feelings

On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would change the way the state pays for fire damages caused by utilities. As Reuters explained, Credit rating agency, S&P previously warned it could lower its ratings on the state’s two other major investor-owned power providers, Edison International’s Southern California Edison and Sempra Energy’s San […]

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CA May Go Dark On Windy Days

CA May Go Dark On Windy Days

Bloomberg News reported yesterday that California’s largest utility, PG&E, has a plan to cut off power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season because it the main cause of wildfires last year was power lines that were knocked down by high winds and the sparks from the live wires. And most residents don’t know and/or are not ready for the debilitating impacts.  Governor Newsome is so concerned about the impacts of the blackouts that he has created a fund to help communities prepare.  

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PG&E files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

PG&E files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

It’s been a long road for Pacific Gas and Electric, after facing possible murder charges for its role in California’s recent wildfires as well as lawsuits from survivors, the utility has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As PV Magazine explained, the filing is a financial move that allows PG&E to reorganize its debts, and does not involve […]

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PG&E Could Face Murder Charges for Role in CA Wildfires

PG&E Could Face Murder Charges for Role in CA Wildfires

After state officials revealed that California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, had caused some of California’s wildfires in the last two years due to downed power lines, a flurry of legal action has arisen to hold PG&E accountable.

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