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California PUC sets rules for cutting power in "truly extreme fire danger weather" to prevent wildfires

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California PUC sets rules for cutting power in "truly extreme fire danger weather" to prevent wildfires California PUC sets rules for cutting power in "truly extreme fire danger weather" to prevent wildfires

California PUC sets rules for cutting power in "truly extreme fire danger weather" to prevent wildfires




California Public Utilities Commission gave the green light allowing utilities to de-energize power lines to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfiresPhoto credit: KOLOSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ?California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise.Utilities' liability can reach billions of dollars, and after several years of devastating wildfires, they asked regulators to allow them to pull the plug when fire risk is extremely high. That's mainly during periods of excessive winds and low humidity when vegetation is dried out and can easily ignite.The California Public Utilities Commission gave the green light but said utilities must do a better job educating and notifying the public, particularly those with disabilities and others who are vulnerable, and ramp up preventive efforts, such as clearing brush and installing fire-resistant poles.The plans could inconvenience hundreds of thousands of customers while endangering some who depend on electricity to keep them alive, like 56-year-old Kallithea Miller.Although she lives far from wildfire danger near a shopping mall in Stockton, south of Sacramento, she relies on a refrigerator to cool her insulin and a machine to keep her breathing at night."I could die in my...
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Publication date: 31-05-2019 16:04
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