According to the Los Angeles Times on October 11, as the culprit of the blackout, the old energy company, Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E), has recently been criticized by various parties for its chaotic management and inefficiency.
California in October often has strong, dry winds, which can cause deadly wildfires when the power lines are overturned. In the past two years, PG & E company has suffered potential losses of up to 30 billion US dollars and even is on the verge of bankruptcy due to the wildfires caused by these gales.
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To that end, PG&E announced that it would launch a massive public safety blackout this year, blacking 34 of Californias 58 counties, but angry residents responded quickly to the company, throwing eggs at PG&Es office in Oroville, and shooting a car 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 appealed to the public to reduce attacks and abuses against employees of the company, emphasizing that they could bring back light for communities.
But Johnson also admitted, We have a lot to do, and we need to do better than this one. Better communications, better notifications, better instructions, website crashes, inaccurate maps, this time we didnt keep our promises.
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 the statistics of local television station KRCR in California, 43 counties were actually affected by the power outage, among which PG & E did not restore any power to alpai, Cohen, plummers and Sierra as of 1:00 p.m. on the 11th. At the same time, there are nine counties with power supply rates below 50%, and 195,000 users are totally powerless.
Blackout Map Made by PG&E
For the scale of the outage and the number of people affected, the Los Angeles Times called it the largest outage in Californias history.
California governor Gavin Newsom also severely criticized PG & E. he said at a press conference on the 10th: this is not a climate change story as PG & E said. In the past few decades, greed and chaotic management have finally created this situation.
Ignorance is a desire for profit rather than public safety.
In addition, Newsom also asked the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to intervene in the outage, and asked for a real-time assessment of all details of the outage.
On October 9, a blackout bar in Sonoma, California, lit candles from Visual China
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. Source: observer net Author: Zhao Tiaoya editor in charge: Su Hongyu 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 officially decided that PG & E should be responsible for the deadly camp fire that occurred in paradise Town, California last year. 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.