Pacific Gas and Electric Co. News

Storms Batter Aging Power Grid as Climate Disasters Spread

Power outages from severe weather have doubled over the past two decades across the U.S., as a warming climate stirs more destructive storms that cripple broad segments of the nation’s aging electrical grid, according to an Associated Press analysis of …

Thousands Lose Power in Spring Pacific Northwest Wind Storm

SEATTLE (AP) — Nearly 30,000 customers lost power during a storm bringing high winds and rain including some thunderstorms to areas of the Pacific Northwest Monday. Puget Sound Energy reported more than 260 outages Monday affecting over 21,000 customers in …

Power Company Plans Series Of Shutoffs To Prevent Wildfires

LOS ANGELES — One of California’s largest power companies announced Saturday it plans to temporarily shut off power to residents of 16 counties and a tribe to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it …

FEMA Defends $4 Billion Claim With PG&E as Fire Victims Cry Foul

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday defended its push to collect $3.9 billion in claims from PG&E Corp. for the relief it provided after the utility’s power lines sparked devastating wildfires. Wildfire victims have been fighting the payments to …

PG&E Fire Victims Fight FEMA Over Multibillion-Dollar Payout

Victims of wildfires blamed on PG&E Corp.’s power lines and government agencies that provided them disaster relief are tussling over a payout from the bankrupt utility. PG&E reached a settlement with fire victims to pay a total of $13.5 billion …

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 …

California Governor Newsom Is Fielding More PG&E Takeover Calls

For California Governor Gavin Newsom, sitting back and watching PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy run its course is no longer an option. The mayors of 22 cities are pressing him to turn the embattled power giant into a customer-owned cooperative. San Francisco, …

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 …

Los Angeles and San Francisco Don’t Lose Power Even When Their Suburbs Do

Swaths of Southern California are being plunged into darkness on purpose to prevent power lines from sparking fires during the state’s latest windstorm. But the lights are staying on in Los Angeles. Just like San Francisco, L.A. has avoided the …

As PG&E Blackouts Ebb, Southern California Wind Risk Surges

As Northern California residents began to get their power back, people in the Southern part of the state were facing some of the strongest winds “in recent memory” and utilities there were cutting service and warning blackouts could spread. PG&E …