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California Regulator Slams PG&E Over Electricity Shutoff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s top regulator excoriated top executives of the state’s largest utility even as Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly said they know they failed to meet public expectations when the company cut the power to more than 2 million people last week. Marybel Batjer, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, called the emergency meeting Friday and ordered the executives to attend and explain themselves. She said she was “absolutely astounded” by what she thou...
Tags: News, California, California News, San Francisco, Customers, Ap, Associated Press, Johnson, Berkeley, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Cpuc, Gavin Newsom, Kathleen Ronayne, Bill Johnson, Pacific Gas Electric, California Public Utilities Commission


PG&E: It Could Take A Decade Before Fire Safety Outages No Longer Needed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS13) — The CEO of California’s largest utility says it will take about a decade for PG&E to get to the point where widespread safety outages are not necessary when wildfire danger is high. “I do believe our decision to execute this PSPS for the safety of our customers and the communities we are privileged to serve was the right decision,” said PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson in a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday. “A Public Safety Power Shutoff has a single purpose: to p...
Tags: News, California, Local, Syndicated Local, California News, San Francisco, Ap, Johnson, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Bill Johnson, Newsom, PG E Corp, Public Safety Power Shutoff, California Public Utilities Commission Johnson


Top PG&E Executive In Ill-timed Winery Retreat Out Of Job

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive who was among a group of employees who wined and dined top customers just before the utility’s mass power outage last week is no longer with the company. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Mel Christopher, who was until recently the top PG&E gas executive, was gone as of Tuesday. Christopher’s departure comes days after The Chronicle reported he was among 10 to 12 PG&E gas employees who attended a retreat with as many as 60 maj...
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CPUC Sanctions PG&E Over Power Outages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called “failures in execution” during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, “created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated.” The agency ordered a series of corrective actions, including a goal of restoring power within 12 hours, not the utility’s current 48-hour goal. “The scope, scale, complexity, and overall impact to pe...
Tags: News, California, Local, California News, San Francisco, Ap, Johnson, Sonoma, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Gavin Newsom, Santa Rosa, Bill Johnson, California Public Utilities Commission, PUC, Newsom, Pacific Gas and Electric


It Could Be Hard To Know If California Power Shutoffs Work

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state’s large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date in the utility’s effort to prevent a deadly wildfire sparked by its power lines. But do the power shut-offs actually prevent fires? Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the pow...
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PG&E: All Power Restored To Customers Affected By Shutoffs

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — PG&E announced Saturday evening that all power has been restored following Wednesday’s massive public safety power shutoffs. The last group of customers that were restored were in Amador and Calaveras counties and saw their power turned back on at approximately 6 p.m., PG&E said. The shutoffs, which the utility implemented in response to the extreme winds and wildfire risks throughout the Northern California region, affected approximately 738,000 customers across 34 counties...
Tags: News, Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Public Safety Power Shutoff


Approx. 2,500 Customers Still Without Power; Full Restorations To Come By End Of Saturday, PG&E Says

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — PG&E announced on Saturday that power is expected to be restored by end of day to the remaining 2,500 customers still in the dark from the utility’s public safety power shutoffs. Approximately 738,000 customers across 34 counties were impacted by the shutoffs that began early Wednesday morning. #PSPS: More than 99.5 Percent of Customers Impacted by Safety Shutoffs Have Been Restored System-Wide. https://t.co/LTPot3kZtJ pic.twitter.com/aZadGHkc2Z — PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 12,...
Tags: News, Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Public Safety Power Shutoff


Placer County Ensuring Residents Dispose Of Spoiled Food Properly After Power Shutoff

Placer County (CBS13) — Placer County is taking steps to ensure residents dispose of spoiled food properly. As a result of the PG&E power shutoffs, thousands of home owners have been dealing with piles of rotten food which is now overflowing in garbage bins. Matt Squire lives off Dry Creek Road in Auburn and was without power for three days before it restored Friday. “There it is. All the eggs, pizza and the ketchup, cheese” said Squire as he gave an inventory of food he had to throw away. Squir...
Tags: News, Local, Syndicated Local, Auburn, Waste Management, Grass Valley, Nevada County, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Placer, Placer County, Rojas, Squire, Dry Creek Road, Lillis, Robert Rojas, Matt Squire


PG&E: Power Restored To 97% Of Customers Friday Night

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Approximately 21,000 customers are still without power Friday night, going on three days in the dark. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported Friday evening that 97% of customers impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff had their power restored. An “all clear” was issued for all 35 affected counties by 3:30 p.m. Friday. In total, the massive planned power outage affected nearly 738,000 customers across Northern California from the Sierra foothills to the Bay area. The utili...
Tags: News, Local, Sacramento, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Sierra, Bay, Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, Public Safety Power Shutoff


Businesses Working To Get Back To Normal After Power Shutoff

AUBURN (CBS13) — Into the third day of the PG&E Public Safety Shutoffs, thousands of lineman worked to restore power across Northern California, but many in Auburn and the surrounding areas were still in the dark Friday evening. They were open for business in downtown Auburn, but it’s taken a little longer in some of the more remote areas. “I haven’t got to Delta, I am still finishing Alta,” said PGE lineman, Aaron Rubio, as he worked to restore power to Friday. The utility deployed 6,300 lineme...
Tags: News, Local, California News, Sacramento, Delta, Auburn, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Baker, Jones, Northern California, Ortiz, Nevada City, Placer County, Shreve, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Colby Jones


Placer County Offers Free Disposal Of Spoiled Food After Power Shutoff

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — As PG&E works to restore power to nearly 195,000 customers still in the dark, Placer County officials are looking to help residents who lost power this week. The Placer County Environmental Utilities and Recology Auburn Placer announced they are working together to provide free disposal of spoiled food for PG&E customers who lost power. READ ALSO: Power Outage Food Safety: What Food You Should Toss After An Outage According to the county, disposing of food at the transfer...
Tags: News, Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Placer, Placer County, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Placer County Environmental Utilities, Recology Auburn Placer


El Dorado County Man Dies 12 Minutes After PG&E Cuts Power

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — A woman in El Dorado County says PG&E’s power shutoffs caused the death of her father who relies on oxygen and CPAP machines to live. The power went off Wednesday morning in Pollock Pines and just minutes later, she says her dad couldn’t breathe. The family of Robert Mardis Sr. says they did everything they could to make sure he would be OK during this shutoff. They’re frustrated and angry because it wasn’t enough. And now they’ve got to live without their loved one. “...
Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, El Dorado County, Pollock Pines, Aldea, Public Safety Power Shutoff, El Dorado County News, Robert Mardis Sr, Robert Mardis


El Dorado County Man’s Death Not PG&E Shutoff-Related, Coroner Says

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — The El Dorado County coroner says PG&E’s power shutoffs did not cause the death of a Pollock Pines man who died 12 minutes after the power was cut and relied on oxygen and CPAP machines to live. The power went off Wednesday morning in Pollock Pines and just minutes later, the victim’s daughter, Marie Aldea, says her dad couldn’t breathe. The family of Robert Mardis Sr. says they did everything they could to make sure he would be okay during this shutoff. They’re frustr...
Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, El Dorado County, Pollock Pines, Aldea, Public Safety Power Shutoff, El Dorado County News, El Dorado County Man, Marie Aldea, Robert Mardis Sr, Mardis Sr


Power Restored To Over 500K PG&E Customers, 195K Still In The Dark

(CBS13/AP) – Pacific Gas and Electric says it has restored power to more than half of the nearly 2 million people left in the dark in Northern California after the utility shut down power to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during dry, windy weather. As of 12 p.m. Friday, PG&E says it has restored electricity to about 543,000 businesses and residences. Another 195,000 customers remain without power. Experts say a customer includes between two and three people. Areas without power in...
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Power Restored To Almost 500K PG&E Customers, 245K Still In The Dark

(CBS13/AP) – Pacific Gas and Electric says it has restored power to more than half of the nearly 2 million people left in the dark in Northern California after the utility shut down power to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during dry, windy weather. PG&E says it has restored electricity to about 494,000 businesses and residences. Another 245,000 customers remain without power. Experts say a customer includes between two and three people. Areas without power include Plumas, Yuba, Bu...
Tags: News, Local, Nevada, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Central Valley, Northern California, Kern County, Butte County, Nevada County News, El Dorado County News, AP Pacific Gas and Electric, Plumas Yuba Butte El Dorado


Winds Shift South, Forcing More Power Shutoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hot, dry winds sweeping into Southern California raised concerns that the region’s largest utility could widen power shut-offs Friday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires, as a new blaze swept through the San Fernando Valley’s northern foothills. Winds gusted dangerously as forecast before calming in Northern California, where Pacific Gas & Electric faced hostility and second-guessing over its widespread shut-offs. Southern California Edison turned off electricity ...
Tags: News, California, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Southern California Edison, Ap, Oroville, Johnson, Riverside County, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Sierra, Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


PG&E Responds To Governor’s Harsh Criticism Of Public Safety Power Shutoffs

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — It’s the second night for thousands in our area still without power. This as PG&E responds to the Governor’s harsh criticism about the planned power outages. Coyote Harkins said, “No power-this is getting old. We just lost all the food in the fridge and now we are just winging it.“ Dinner on the BBQ was in the works at many homes in Placerville on Thursday. “I’m going home to grill some tri-tip cause I bought more than enough,” Neil Fruzzo said. Two days in the dark meant g...
Tags: News, Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Placerville News, Coyote Harkins, Neil Fruzzo, Brandi Merlo, Merlo Merlo


PG&E CEO Apologizes To Customers: ‘We Were Not Adequately Prepared’

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — PG&E CEO Bill Johnson admitted during a Thursday evening press conference that the utility thoroughly botched its Public Safety Power Shutoff, apologizing to customers. The press conference at the utility’s San Francisco headquarters marked the first time the company’s head had publicly addressed the shutdown. “We faced a choice between hardship on everyone or safety and we chose safety,” said Johnson. “And I do apologize for the hardship this has caused, but I think ...
Tags: News, California, Local, San Francisco, Cbs, Johnson, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Bill Johnson, Newsom, Pacific Gas and Electric, Public Safety Power Shutoff, CBS SF AP


Public Library Comes To The Rescue For People Needing Power In El Dorado Hills

EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) — With power still off for hundreds of thousands of customers, people need to charge their devices somewhere. For some people it’s about being able to work, others need power for life-saving medical devices. One option is the community resource centers PG&E has open up for people. People in El Dorado Hills are also going to the public library, which somehow has power even though all the neighborhoods around it, did not. Staff there said they are getting five phone calls a...
Tags: News, Local, Syndicated Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Robbins, Myers, El Dorado County, El Dorado, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Nathan Myers, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Jan Robbins, Kasra Erfanian


Going Solar: Neighbors Look For Other Options After PG & E Shutdown

VACAVILLE (CBS13) – The Public Safety Power Shutoffs have neighbors seeking power alternatives so they’re not in the dark the next time a shutoff happens. That’s true in Solano County where the power is on, and solar is in style. The phone is ringing off the hook at Right Now Air in Vacaville. Without power, the calls to convert solar are up. General Manager, Jason Grant, said, “this is now a reality, it’s something new, and something that’s going to continue on.” During the outages, Grant says ...
Tags: News, Local, Syndicated Local, Solano County, Solar Power, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Grant, Vacaville, Scrivens, Jason Grant, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Vacaville News, Right Now Air, Grant Ken Scrivens


PG&E Restorations Begin In Some Areas; More Equipment Inspections To Begin Thursday Afternoon

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As more than 600,000 customers across Northern California are still without electricity, PG&E announced that calmer wind conditions in some affected areas will allow safety inspections to begin Thursday afternoon to determine if they can move forward with more restorations. As of Thursday morning, approximately 126,000 customers had power restored following Wednesday’s start of the scheduled public safety power shutoffs. ALSO: Click Here For More Of Our Coverage On PG&E’s Pu...
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Are Massive Power Shutoffs By PG&E The New Normal?

EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) – Amid frustration and anger over the massive power shutoffs, PG&E attempted to address community concerns Wednesday, one of which was whether we can expect future shutoffs. “We understand the frustrations we heard from our customers,” said PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo. “At the end of the day, this program is about safety.” PG&E has now cut power several times this year, leaving many CBS13 viewers wanting to know: Will shutting off power on windy days be the new normal?...
Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Merlo, El Dorado, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Brandi Merlo


PG&E Spokesperson Answers Questions From Frustrated Customers

EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) – Amid frustration and anger over the massive power shutoffs, PG&E attempted to address community concerns Wednesday. “We understand the frustrations we heard from our customers,” said PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo. “At the end of the day, this program is about safety.” PG&E has now cut power several times this year, leaving many CBS13 viewers wanting to know: Will shutting off power on windy days be the new normal? “[There are] very specific things we’re looking for whe...
Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Merlo, El Dorado, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Brandi Merlo


PG&E Office In Oroville Egged As Anger Over Shutoffs Mounts

OROVILLE (CBS13) – PG&E is taking a lot of heat as frustration mounts over the Public Safety Power Shutoffs that have hit a good swath of Northern California. In Oroville, a PG&E office had to shut down after someone threw eggs at the front window. (credit: Orlando Carmona) By mid-morning Wednesday, a security guard was posted outside. Cones also blocked off the area. Hours before the shutoff even began, a PG&E truck was struck by a bullet that shattered its passenger-side window. RELATED: PG...
Tags: News, Local, Oroville, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Northern California, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Oroville News, Orlando Carmona, Colusa County California Highway Patrol


PG&E Office In Oroville Egged As Anger Over Shutoff Mounts

OROVILLE (CBS13) – PG&E is taking a lot of heat as frustration mounts over the Public Safety Power Shutoffs that have hit a good swath of Northern California. In Oroville, a PG&E office had to shut down after someone threw eggs at the front window. (credit: Orlando Carmona) By mid-morning Wednesday, a security guard was posted outside. Cones also blocked off the area. Hours before the shutoff even began, a PG&E truck was struck by a bullet that shattered its passenger-side window. RELATED: PG...
Tags: News, Local, Oroville, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Northern California, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Oroville News, Orlando Carmona, Colusa County California Highway Patrol


PG&E Office In Oroville Gets Egged

OROVILLE (CBS13) – PG&E is taking a lot of heat as frustration mounts over the Public Safety Power Shutoffs that have hit a good swath of Northern California. In Oroville, a PG&E office had to shut down after someone threw eggs at the front window. By mid-morning Wednesday, a security guard was posted outside. Cones also blocked off the area. And hours before the shutoff even began, a PG&E truck was struck by a bullet that shattered its passenger-side window. RELATED: PG&E Truck Struck By Bullet...
Tags: News, Local, Oroville, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Northern California, Public Safety Power Shutoff, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Oroville News, Colusa County California Highway Patrol


Clever technology helps keep EVs juiced up during widespread California blackout

Pacific Gas and Electric Company cut power to over 800,000 people in 34 California counties to reduce the risk of wildfires. Tesla leveraged its over-the-air software updating system to make sure its customers don't end up with a bricked car.
Tags: News, California, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Electric Cars, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Public Safety Shutoffs Leave Vacaville Families In The Dark

VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Vacaville residents are frustrated as they look at no power for another day, or possibly longer, in some areas. “I wish we could call them and say: ‘The wind let up; can you turn it back on?’ But nothing like that is happening here,” said Desiree Dominique. Dinner by candlelight is not what Dominique expected Thursday evening, but she and her grandmother are making the best of it. “Our refrigerator is leaking because everything is defrosting. We had to put a towel on they flo...
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Public Safety Shutoffs Leaves Vacaville Families In The Dark

VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Vacaville residents are frustrated as they look at no power for another day or possibly longer in some areas. “I wish we could call them and say ‘The wind let up -can you turn it back on?’ But nothing like that is happening here,” said Desiree Dominique. Dinner by candlelight is not what Dominique expected Thursday evening, but she and her grandmother are making the best of it. “Our refrigerator is leaking because everything is defrosting. We had to put a towel on they floor,...
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Powerless Placerville Ice Cream Parlor’s ‘PG&E Special’

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — In Placerville, the PG&E power shutoff has one ice cream parlor staying open in the dark, and offering a “PG&E special” to customers. Hangman’s Tree Ice Cream Saloon persevered through the power outage. “People still want a place and things to do, the world’s not going to stop just because PG&E decided to turn off the lights,” owner Jamie Nutting said. The power went out at Hangman’s Tree Ice Cream Saloon early Wednesday morning, around 3:37 a.m. In the darkness came a brig...
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