California in October often has strong, dry winds that can cause deadly wildfires when power lines are blown down. In the past two years, PG&E has incurred potential losses of up to $30 billion and is on the verge of bankruptcy as a result of the wildfires caused by these strong winds.
California duodi for the prevention of mountain fire
To this end, PG & E announced that it would launch a large-scale public safety blackout this year, cutting power to 34 of Californias 58 counties, but angry residents quickly responded to the company. In addition to online abuse, some people threw eggs at PG & Es office in Oroville, and others shot a vehicle belonging to the company.
PG&E Oroville Office Thrown Egg Tu Twitter
Under heavy pressure, Bill Johnson, president of PG&E, said in a statement on the 10th that I am responsible for everything. He called on the public to reduce attacks and abuse on company employees, stressing that they can bring back light for all communities.
According to the previous report of observer.com, the massive blackout in California started in the early morning of the 9th and was not over until the 11th. PG & E said in its statement that it would affect 600000 users, but Mike warra, an energy policy expert at Stanford University, predicted that if PG & Es blackout lasted for two days, the number of affected users would reach 800000.
PG&E said in a statement Wednesday that it had restored power to about half of its customers, but more than 300,000 households were still without power.
According to Californias local television station KRCR, 43 counties were affected by the blackout, of which PG&E had not restored any power to Alpine, Cohen, Plummers and Serra counties by 1 p.m. on November 11. At the same time, the power supply rate of 9 counties is below 50%, and 195000 users are totally without power.
Blackout Map Made by PG&E
For the scale and number of people affected by the blackout, the Los Angeles Times called it the largest blackout in Californias history.
California Governor Gavin Newsom also severely criticized PG&E, saying at a 10-day news conference: This is not a story about climate change, as PG&E said. In the past few decades, greed and chaotic management have finally created this situation.
Neglect is a desire for profit, not for public safety.
In addition, Newsom also asked the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to intervene in the blackout, requiring it to assess all the details of the blackout in real time.
California local media East Bay times published a commentary on the 10th, saying that the power outage is very incomprehensible. The East Bay Times pointed out that California was not a third world country and that it was unacceptable to take long-term blackouts to prevent wildfires.
On October 9, a blackout bar in Sonoma, California, lit candles from Visual China
On the 8th, a resident of Chico, California, told the Wall Street Journal, Why cant they build infrastructure? If they turn off the electricity at 4 a.m., well wake up in the dark and have nothing.
Between 2017 and 2018, PG&Es power transmission equipment contacted dry vegetation on windy days, triggering 19 major wildfires, causing more than 100 deaths and facing potential huge compensation of $30 billion. Because of its far-fetched value, PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January this year. In May, Californias Fire Department formally decided that PG&E should be responsible for last years deadly Camp Fire in Paradise Town, California. The Campbell fire, described by US media as the most destructive wildfire in Californias history, killed more than 80 civilians and damaged at least 18000 buildings. Source: Author of Observer: Zhao Noah, Editor-in-Charge: Su Hong-hung_NBJ9980
Between 2017 and 2018, PG&Es power transmission equipment contacted dry vegetation on windy days, triggering 19 major wildfires, causing more than 100 deaths and facing potential huge compensation of $30 billion. Because of its far-fetched value, PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January this year.
In May, Californias Fire Department formally decided that PG&E should be responsible for last years deadly Camp Fire in Paradise Town, California. The Camp Fire, known by American media as Californias most destructive wildfire in history, killed more than 80 civilians and damaged at least 18,000 buildings.