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Old 10-09-2019, 10:35 AM
 
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Over on the California forum, the posters are saying PG&E was sued for $12 billion because of the fires last year, and they don’t want more lawsuits, so this is supposedly the solution.
It’s crazy...

What will grocery stores do with all their freezer food that will defrost, melt, and rot?
Whole aisles with thick streams of melted ice cream running down them....

I guess those with solar panels will be okay. I bet there will be a run on buying solar panels after this....
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:40 AM
 
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Edison's website is super slow right now, but there's still no alerts from them for Tulare County. PGE covers some of TC's area and I saw something about their alerts on local news last night.


You guys get a lot more wind in SD than we do here.
Kinda like that area. Have friends in Tulare and was in a wedding there once as well for a couple of friends.


Hope they do not have a shut down.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:42 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I have my popcorn popped in anticipation of the drama that will ensue. This is a "no-win" setup, like I've rarely seen. At least a few people will die, related in some way to the blackout. Lawyers will circle and descend. Rates will skyrocket. People will buy generators and start fires on their own. Vegetation will be banned. Neighbors will curse neighbors. In cities, riots are almost a given.

Scriptwriters are longing for a new Irwin Allen and market for their cheesy new disaster movie scripts: "The Blackout That Ate Los Angeles", "I Married a Power User" , "Death of a Linesman" , "Sparky the Wonder Dog Saves Fresno."

There is no way this will end well. I can see it now - some town sues because the water pumps used to fight fires don't work when needed because the power was turned off.
Thats some funny stuff.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Flyover Country
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I'm at our Silicon Valley house. Bad timing. Pigs, Greed & Extortion is expected to "de-energize" (nice euphemism) our county between noon and 5 pm today.
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Damn.

I remember the rolling blackouts/brownouts years ago. Looks like they're back.
This is has nothing to do with that. Apples and oranges.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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No you don't understand, jrkliny. The power lines, transformers etc, are what is CAUSING the fires.
Except for the fires that have been deliberately set.

Yes, there are sickos out here who do that.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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What?
Put another way...

Our horrifyingly careless* electric utility is currently planning to shut off the power to part or most of San Mateo County starting from noon to 5 pm today.

They've repeatedly stated these blackouts could be five days or longer in duration. Imagine not being able to work for that length of time because your company closed down. Imagine not getting paid. Imagine running out of food when businesses are closed.

I went to the ATM this morning to get some cash -- credit cards won't work if there's no power, nor will ATMs -- and thought there would be a line, but no. Maybe it hasn't sunk in yet. We are a spoiled bunch here, after all.

"Pigs Greed & Extortion" is a long-time nickname for Pacific Gas & Electric. Don't judge until you see my electric bill. Our rates are among the highest in the nation, would probably BE the highest if not for Hawaii.




*PG&E is directly responsible for roasting 8 people alive in their San Bruno homes.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I think that taxes in the state needs to be raised to cover state maintenance of their electrical right-of-way. PG&E needs to raise their power rates to cover additional maintenance. People need to sue the utilities for the lack of power issues that will happen.

What? Really? "They already tried that?" Well, Never mind.

This will be a train wreak. Oh yea, should not mention the proposed bullet train.

Wait, I just triggered myself by saying saying "bullet".

I agree with Harry Chickpea. Break out the popcorn.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:14 AM
 
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"Pigs Greed & Extortion" is a long-time nickname for Pacific Gas & Electric. Don't judge until you see my electric bill. Our rates are among the highest in the nation, would probably BE the highest if not for Hawaii.
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And I just read that gasoline prices for regular gas went up to $5.29 a gallon in Los Angelos. We paid $2.19 here yesterday.
How do middle class folks afford to commute to work there?
(I know PG&E doesn’t supply the gasoline, just shocked and wondering)
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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And I just read that gasoline prices for regular gas went up to $5.29 a gallon in Los Angelos. We paid $2.19 here yesterday.
How do middle class folks afford to commute to work there?
(I know PG&E doesn’t supply the gasoline, just shocked and wondering)
Gas is still in the high $3 range in this area at the cut-rate stations. Mm, reminds me I should go put diesel in the van. It's cheaper here than it was in Bakersfield. Pumps are electrically powered.

How do people afford working and living here? Many of them don't. Our local school district had to close three schools last year because so many people left. Everything is very expensive but for the moment gas is a relative bargain.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:26 AM
 
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Trees and power lines are a nasty combination everywhere even in suburban neighborhoods. The only good way to prevent this especially in forested areas would be to have a 50 foot clear area on both sides of any power lines or electrical equipment.
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