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 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.
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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 Observer. com, the California blackout started in the early morning of September 9 and did not end until November 11. PG&E said in its statement that the blackout would affect 600,000 users, but Stanford University energy policy expert Mike Walla predicted that if the blackout lasted for two days, the number of people affected would reach 800,000 users.
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, there are nine counties with power supply rates below 50%, and 195,000 users are totally powerless.
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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. Over the past few decades, greedy and chaotic management has ultimately 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 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. In the article, the East Bay times pointed out that California is not a third world country and that it is unacceptable to take long-term blackout measures to prevent mountain fires.
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.
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 Network Responsible Editor: Yang Bin_NF4368