California utility PG&E cut power to customers in several northern California counties on Saturday, citing high winds that could knock over equipment and cause fires. You might remember the company was found responsible for a series of lethal fires that tore through the area in 2017 and 2018.
- PG&E equipment caused last year’s Camp Fire, which killed at least 85 people and destroyed the town of Paradise.
Who was affected? Starting at 6am on Saturday, 1,600 businesses and homes had no power. PG&E cut off power to 26,900 additional customers at 9pm, some of which were in Paradise. Frustrated businesses are turning to generators to keep things running.
Zoom out: After state officials said PG&E was on the hook for the Camp Fire, legal liabilities threatened to destroy the utility. It filed for bankruptcy protection in January.
Bottom line: PG&E barely made it through last year’s disaster intact and knows it can’t make a single misstep. NorCal residents can expect more precautionary shut-offs.
Start now to make sure you are staying prepared.