Strong winds worsen California wildfires

  • Published: 30 October 2019
  • California winds that have fueled wildfires at both ends of the state have prompted mass power shutdowns. CNBC's Jane Wells reports.

Comments • 10

  • The Mexican Joker
    The Mexican Joker  2 weeks back

    Subsidizing the "poor" and state over regulations almost broke PG&E, but Mother Nature was the straw that broke the camels back.
    Why not just throw in 9.0 earthquake as a cherry on top?

    • Mr Underhill
      Mr Underhill  2 weeks back

      is california the only state that gets wind?  this seems awfully political to me - just saying we have a bery vengeful president who hates California because we didn't vote for him

      • Richard Gaither
        Richard Gaither  2 weeks back

        Why is PG&E such a mess?
        So, this is why PG&E has no money to fix its grid:
        “State law mandates that utilities obtain 33% of electric generation from renewable s such as wind and solar by 2020 and 60% by 2030. Utilities must spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year to reduce the cost of green energy for low-income households. PG&E has prioritized political obeisance over safety.

        In 2018 PG&E spent $509 million on electric discounts for low-income customers in addition to $125 million for no-cost weatherization and efficiency upgrades for disadvantaged communities.

        Utilities also receive allowances from the state’s cap-and-trade program—$7.5 billion since 2012—to pay for other “ratepayer benefits” that reduce emissions.
        For instance, the Legislature in 2015 mandated that utilities spend $100 million annually on solar systems in low-income communities.

        This is on top of the $2.2 billion in customer rebates for rooftop solar installations, which utilities charged to ratepayers between 2007 and 2016. Under the state’s net-metering program, solar customers also get a break on their bills.

        Last year PG&E invested more than $150 million in battery storage and “sustainable” technologies, which was paid for by a special charge on ratepayers. PG&E is also spending $130 million over three years to install 7,500 electric-car charging stations and offers drivers a $800 “clean fuel” rebate.

        All of this has been part of a Democratic political strategy to use PG&E to advance their climate agenda without raising taxes.

        But Californians have instead paid through higher electric rates —PG&E rates are twice as high as in Oregon and Washington—while utilities have had to redirect capital and ratepayer revenue away from fortifying the grid and tree-trimming.”

        • Peter Scherling
          Peter Scherling  2 weeks back

          Difficult days again for California should be the headline but hopefully no one is getting injured!

          • XPAT RAN
            XPAT RAN  2 weeks back

            U.S with poor outdated infrastructure, quickly turning into a third world country.

            • David Jacobson
              David Jacobson  2 weeks back

              It appears likely that increased fire danger in California as a result of climate change will require some large changes to how the power system works and to insurance in fire prone areas. Inevitably customers will have to pay the cost or move to less fire prone areas.

            • DSAS
              DSAS  2 weeks back

              these things, lol

              • Scott B
                Scott B  2 weeks back

                I can not understand why anyone would choose to live in California. ...I live in Illinois, much better.... ( joke )

                • john reynan saavedra
                  john reynan saavedra  2 weeks back