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California Doomed to Frequent Blackout Risk by Battery Shortage

As the threat of blackouts continues to plague California, officials are pointing to battery storage as a key to preventing future power shortfalls. But the Golden State is going to need a lot more batteries to weather the next climate-driven …

Get Ready for More, Longer Blackouts

By mid-Monday morning, storms sweeping north from the Gulf Coast had left more than 1.3 million out of power in the U.S. Under normal circumstances, this would have called for the mass mobilization of crews to get the lights back …

California Blackouts Boost Demand for Power Storage

Power cuts during California’s devastating wildfire season have boosted demand for combined solar panels and battery storage solutions as businesses look to mitigate economic damage from future blackouts. Billions of dollars in economic activity were lost from mass power shutoffs …

California’s Gov. Newsom Had ‘Baptism by Fire’ in 1st Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics. PG&E filed for bankruptcy …

PG&E Plunges as It Races to Meet Governor Bankruptcy Demand

PG&E Corp. shares plummeted after California Governor Gavin Newsom rejected its bankruptcy restructuring plan, forcing the company to make sweeping changes to meet his demands. The state’s largest power company has until Tuesday to address conditions that Newsom laid out …

California Threats Jump from Fires to Floods as Wet Season Hits

California’s climate threats could soon be jumping from wildfires and blackouts to floods and mudslides as the wet season kicks into gear. About half the water that falls in the state in any given year does so in the 90 …

Wildfires Force Businesses to Prepare for Disruption

NEW YORK — The wildfires that are rampant this time of year in California force small business owners to be prepared in the same way as owners in other parts of the country who deal with tornadoes and other natural …

Judge Grills PG&E Over Cable That Failed Before Massive Wildfire

A federal judge overseeing the probation of utility giant PG&E Corp. is demanding information on a power line that failed minutes before a massive wildfire broke out in Northern California last month. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered PG&E to …

New California Blaze Erupts as Wildfire Season Refuses to Let Go

Southern California is battling yet another wildfire, which has spurred a new round of deliberate blackouts by Edison International and mandatory evacuations. Edison cut power supplies to 950 Ventura County homes and businesses, after restoring power to more than 87,000 …

Cutting California’s Power Is Job Nobody Wants Ahead of Blackouts

California’s governor is sparring with the state’s largest utility over who decides when to cut the power. It’s a no-win situation: As hot, dry winds sweep across the state, switching off the electricity is seen as a needed measure to …