‘Blackout blackmail’ or last resort? PG&E defends Northern California power cut

“The utility defended its actions, however, saying the high winds did damage some of its power lines. “Crews found multiple instances where equipment was potentially damaged during the recent weather event,” said Brandi Merlo, a spokeswoman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Merlo couldn’t provide any specific information about the damage. PG&E shut off power…

Mapping Fire Risk and Planning for Recovery in Sonoma County

“In the State of California, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CALFIRE, maps Fire Hazard Severity Zones based on fuels, terrain, weather, and other relevant factors. These areas are classified into three zones: Moderate, High, and Very High. While CALFIRE data provide an essential baseline for assessing and mapping fire hazard zones, the…

Rebuilding better homes for Northern California wildfire survivors

“There are options for homeowners. Under the first option, homeowners receive a $7,500 incentive to exceed current energy efficiency standards by 20%, to install an electric vehicle charging station (equipment is provided free of charge) and design the roof for additional loads associated with solar panels. If they want to add solar combined with energy…

PG&E spends more than $1 million to lobby California officials on wildfire laws

“The San Francisco company dished out more money from April through June than it spent to influence state leaders in all of 2017, according to state filings. Southern California Edison also reported spending $900,000 and Sempra Energy disclosed $502,000 in lobbying payments during the quarter. The lobbying surges took place as the utility companies urged…
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