They set the rates, force PG&E to buy all "clean" power produced at far above market rates (this include excess solar from millions of homes), and approved every single budget for the past 40 years.
In order to keep rates "low" to the consumer, CPUC scrimped on the maintenance budget...75% of a massive utility's costs. Or more.
When combined with a second offensive by the CalEPA to restrict clearing on their rights of way, they killed the largest public utility in America.
PG&E is facing at least $30bil in fire judgements and $100bil in maintenance backlog. Officers of the company have been threatened with criminal liability.
They ABSOLUTELY made the right decision to hit the off switch.
Gavin Loathsome and the currently Loathsome State of California endorses the banning of plastic straws in both public and privately owned establishments yet has zero issues with disposing of unborn children by way of inviting women from around the world to have free abortions in our sanctuary state.
Recall the commie adulterer, “threesome Newsom.”
Seems to me that power outrages are not the worst of California's problems...
Shut up Newsom. You are a patent, pandering phony. And probably corrupt, too.
I agree with everything you wrote.
They did this to themselves.
Then he's not outraged. He's just sorry Lefties might get the blame for this taking place.
The laws of the State of California cannot trump the laws of physics no matter how hard you stomp your feet.
My leftist brother lives in Silicon Valley and I wonder if he’s sitting in the dark. I have told him over and over what a disaster California is concerning his energy and he keeps talking about power generation from unicorn farts and moon beams.
The dumb shit says that the United States is going balls-out on fracking because we are trying to use up all the fossil fuel before the hidden technology of inexpensive renewables can be rolled out.
I feel schadenfreude at nearly the same level that I did on election night in 2016.
“Holy underwear! Homes burned down! Cutting power to citizens! Weve got to protect our phony baloney jobs, gentlemen. We must do something about this, immediately, immediately, immediately! Harumph! Harumph! Harumph!”
I feel so badly for my Conservative friends who are stuck in California. There are at least a million who would gladly leave that mess of a state if they could find a new job and sell their house. I voted repeatedly for Republicans/Conservatives for two decades, to no avail. We left 10 years ago. Love visiting, glad I no longer live there.
And P,G and E are turning off the juice because its windy and a wildfire MIGHT occur?? SMH
California will once again be the poster child against deregulation of public utilities.
It would be funny if the power was yanked out at Gavin’s house.
***the midst of grape crushing season and desperate for power.***
Feet ain’t out of style! (Memories of I Love Lucy in Italy....)
He’s got some nerve as executive of California to criticize anyone else’s finances.
Yeah, helping California turn into a $hithole is more your thing, Gavin.
So they’re turning off power due to extreme fire danger? The idea being to prevent sparks from their equipment potentially starting fires? Sure, now you’ll have a bunch of residents running generators through extension cords, burning candles, using grills to cook. What could possibly go wrong.
I called the Governor to express my extreme displeasure. His staff was pretty nonchelant. I expect they will take a different tune when people start talking impeachment. Which was the fate of the last Governor (Grey Davis) who did nothing when power was shut off.
Law enforcement, roads, basic service are the function of government. If you can’t keep the lights on we can find someone who will.
Theyre in bankruptcy due to their terrible management going back decades. Theyve created these conditions, it was unnecessary.
Governor Nuisance is actually talking about California and the government thereof.
I see that those 800,000 affected by the blackout yesterday is up to 3,000,000 today. Rapidly catching up with Venezuela!