PG&E Warns More Blackouts to Come in California

Pacific Gas and Electric Company on Friday issued a warning that California is likely to see more power outages during this year’s wildfire season as the company may preemptively cut off power in areas to avoid additional risk.

“During severe weather, PG&E may need to turn off power for public safety as high winds can cause tree branches or debris to contact energized electric lines, which could damage electrical equipment and cause a major wildfire,” the company said on Friday.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing PG&E’s federal criminal probation stemming from a previous safety violation, ordered the company last year to improve its efforts to trim trees and inspect power lines after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges related to the start of a wildfire in 2018 that destroyed the town of Paradise, California and killed 85 people.

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