October 9, 2019
Pacific Gas & Electric began cutting off power to nearly 800,000 customers across large swaths of Northern and Central California on Wednesday morning, in a planned outage that it says is necessary to avoid the risk of fire.
PG&E gave residents in more than 30 counties advance warnings about the power cut, which it says would “proactively” reduce the dangerous effects of a potential “widespread, severe wind event” forecast for Wednesday.
The utility giant’s transmission lines have been linked to wildfires that have devastated communities in California. It filed for bankruptcy protection in January, and it has been roundly criticized for mismanagement and safety failures.
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