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Judge: California utility PG&E must explain role in Dixie Fire, biggest blaze now burning in U.S.


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Gov. Greg Abbott: Public Utility Commission hitting pause on non-payment disconnections


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Texas mayor says government and utility services owe residents ‘nothing’ as tens of thousands left without power and water


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The Marines Want a Next-Gen Combat Utility Uniform. Here’s What Could Change


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Bernie Sanders has a $150 billion plan to turn the internet into a public utility with low prices and fast speeds — here's how his plan works

Bernie Sanders has a $  150 billion plan to turn the internet into a public utility with low prices and fast speeds — here's how his plan worksDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders just proposed a sweeping plan that would fundamentally change how the internet works in the US.



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Maria Fire broke out minutes after utility company re-energized high-voltage power line

Maria Fire broke out minutes after utility company re-energized high-voltage power lineSouthern California Edison says it turned power back on minutes before the Maria Fire erupted nearby in Ventura County



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California Governor Accepted Donations from Utility Company He Now Excoriates for ‘Greed’

California Governor Accepted Donations from Utility Company He Now Excoriates for ‘Greed’California governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom, has accepted large donations from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a utility company he now excoriates for "greed" and "mismanagement."PG&E has faced widespread criticism for implementing blackouts for millions of customers to avoid sparking wildfires in the midst of California's dry and windy fall weather."I have a message for PG&E," Newsom wrote on Twitter on Friday. "Your years and years of greed. Years and years of mismanagement. Years and years of putting shareholders over people. Are OVER."Newsom and allies accepted $ 208,400 from the utility during his 2018 gubernatorial campaign, according to local affiliate ABC10. Of that total, $ 150,000 went to a political spending group called “Citizens Supporting Gavin Newsom for Governor 2018,” while the rest went to directly to Newsom's campaign.PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January 2019. Faulty PG&E electricity equipment has been blamed for sparking several wildfires in the past decade.California has consistently shut down proposals to clear dead trees from forests and to trim trees near power lines state wide, creating conditions for a rash of wildfire outbreaks in recent years.The Kincaid Fire currently burning in Sonoma County in the northern part of the state has forced the evacuation of roughly 200,000 people. The fire is twice the size of the city of San Fransisco.Newsom declared a state of emergency on Sunday in response to the Kincaid Fire and several other wildfires throughout the state. He again threatened PG&E in a statement on the situation."There is a plan to get out of this. This is not the new normal,” Newsom said on Sunday at an evacuation center in northern California. “This is not a 10-year process to deal with this. That will not be the case… [PG&E] will be held to account to do something radically different



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Anger mounts as utility imposes more blackouts in California

Anger mounts as utility imposes more blackouts in CaliforniaWith no electricity for the fourth straight day Tuesday, chef and caterer Jane Sykes realized she would have to throw out $ 1,000 worth of food, including trays of brownies, cupcakes and puff pastry. “I don’t think PG&E really thought this through,” she lamented. Frustration and anger mounted across Northern California on Tuesday as the state’s biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, began another round of widespread blackouts aimed at preventing its electrical equipment from sparking wildfires in high winds.



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California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackoutsEven as the winds gusted dangerously as forecast, California's biggest utility faced hostility and second-guessing Thursday for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric and ordinary customers complained about the inconveniences caused by the unprecedented blackouts that began Wednesday, with many wondering: Did PG&E go too far in its attempt to ward off more deadly fires? Could the utility have been more targeted in deciding whose electricity was turned off and when?



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PG&E, utility tied to California wildfires, to file for bankruptcy

PG&E, utility tied to California wildfires, to file for bankruptcyPacific Gas and Electric, the utility company that has been tied to deadly wildfires in California, said Monday it plans to file for bankruptcy protection at the end of the month. The San Francisco-based company said its decision to reorganize under Chapter 11 is linked to more than $ 30 billion in claims it is facing over the so-called 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California — the deadliest in the state’s modern history — that left 86 people dead. The utility has also been sued over blazes in 2017 that devastated the wine region in Northern California and left more than 40 people dead.



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