by Katy Grimes
As Appearing in the California Globe
There is no increase in summer temps, but the renewable energy mandate is being ramped up
San Francisco based Pacific Gas & Electric recently warned customers on that it could turn off power in six Northern California counties as a public safety precaution to help reduce the risk of wildfire. The shutdown could have impacted as many as 124,000 energy customers in Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, and Yuba counties.
“Weather conditions can change quickly,” PG&E said. “Out of an abundance of caution, PG&E began providing notice to customers in advance of this safety event through automated phone calls, texts, social media and emails.”
PG&E also recently announced it will pay $11 billion to settle with insurers in the 2017 Northern California wildfires and 2018 Camp Fire, largely paid for by ratepayers.
California Globe recently reported:
“The wildfire legislation that Governor Gavin Newsom just signed into law is being challenged in court for allegedly violating both the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. The law established a $21 billion fund to cover damages from wildfires caused by utility companies faulty equipment. $10.5 billion for the fund comes from charges on customer’s utility bill. The other $10.5 billion is coming from the utility companies.”
Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric have also notified millions of California customers warning that power could be shut off at the discretion of the utilities.