PG&E management doesn't even know what their primary responsiblity is! PG&E executives keep trying to sell their mantra: "Our primary responsibility is to protect the health and safety of Californians." PG&E management is wrong in trying to sell this blather and, even more important, PG&E are wrong in what they say!
PG&E's primary responsibility -- a business responsibility above all others -- is to provide a reliable source of natural gas and electricity. That's it! Certainly PG&E has a moral obligation to do so in a way that doesn't harm "the health and safety of Californians", but when PG&E deliberately shuts off power PG&E is, in fact, harming "the health and safety of Californians".
If the callous incompetents running the company would first understand, then focus on their primary responsibility (that is, fixing their equipment so they don't have to shut the power off when the wind blows, and modifying their power distribution system so that windy conditions 200 miles away don't require shutting off my power where there is no wind!) then PG&E would not, in fact, harm "the health and safety of Californians."
I do acknowledge that, incompetent as they are running a utility, PG&E management excels at protecting their financial asses. That is, PG&E knows that if the wind causes a fire PG&E will be held financially liable to hundreds or maybe even thousands of people even although PG&E did nothing "deliberate". But if PG&E shuts off the power -- a deliberate act that affects millions of people and does harm to their personal well-being as well as their businesses -- then PG&E has no financial responsibility at all. None!
Pretty clever, wouldn't you agree? Harm caused by an act of nature = a billion dollars in liability. Harm caused by a deliberate act by PG&E = no responsibility at all!
So I don't buy the idea that by causing deliberate blackouts PG&E is "doing the right thing" because the "right thing" for PG&E to do is to fix their G-D equipment!