More Power Cuts

November 8, 2019
NEAR THE FLAMES Fire blazes near an electrical pole in Vallejo, California, on October 27.
JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO—BAY AREA NEWS GROUP /SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/AP

More than 500,000 people in Northern and central California remained without power on October 30. This was due to cuts by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) as wildfires swept through the state.

A week earlier, nearly 3 million people were without power in the largest planned outage in California history. Power is gradually being turned back on.

PG&E says the cuts prevent electrical equipment from sparking new fires. “We will not roll the dice when it comes to public safety,” said PG&E president Andy Vesey.

California governor Gavin Newsom called the blackouts “infuriating.” In response to the cuts, he announced a $75 million plan. It will help vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, during power outages.