This morning about 60,000 customers are without electricity in Northern California. Why? Pacific Gas & Electric company was found liable for a major fire as they had not kept trees out of the power lines, and during a high wind condition, they sparked and caught fire.
So, since it is just soooo hard to trim trees, and one guy can chop power in a minute, they have decided to just shut off the power whenever it’s windy and dry (and it is almost always dry in California…).
Hope all you eCar owners can walk to work… Oh, wait, work will be closed too… Well, hope you don’t have to escape a fire…
Who need to drive when the wind blows, anyway… /sarc;
In a first, PG&E cuts power to 60,000 to prevent wildfires during wind storm
Oct. 15, 2018
Pacific Gas & Electric cut off electricity service to nearly 60,000 people on Sunday in a new attempt to prevent wildfires across Northern California service area during high winds and dry conditions.
The National Weather Service on Saturday issued a Red Flag Warning for the region, cautioning of extreme risk of wildfires due to low humidity and winds reaching above 50 miles per hour. High winds can cause power lines to come into contact with vegetation, igniting fires.
PG&E lines were found responsible for 16 fires last year and California lawmakers passed wildfire liability protections for utilities this summer after PG&E warned that fire costs could force it into bankruptcy or reorganization.
Must be due to Global Warming /sarc;