Fire Threat On High Alert: PG&E Could Leave Thousands of Californians Without Power

PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

Nov 17 (Reuters) – About 180,000 customers in California could find themselves in the dark as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) warned that an upcoming “strong offshore wind event” could prompt the bankrupt power producer to yet again shut off power in some areas.

The National Weather Service in Monterey California has issued a red flag warning for a fire weather watch. PG&E said the potential cuts were intended to avoid its equipment sparking wildfires in the hot weather if strong winds were to begin blowing.

The upcoming possible outages are only the latest in a string of recent events for which PG&E has been widely criticized.

Recent shut-offs have hit hundreds of thousands of homes and workplaces in northern California and have been condemned by customers as well as authorities for being too widespread, with insufficient communication to their customers.

The utility filed for bankruptcy in January, citing potential civil liabilities in excess of $30 billion from major wildfires linked to its transmission wires and other equipment.