Was There Another Reason For Electricity Shutdowns In California?
Authored by Richard Trzupek via The Epoch Times,
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According to the official, widely reported story, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut down substantial portions of its electric transmission system in northern California as a precautionary measure.
Citing high wind speeds they described as “historic,” the utility claims that if they didn’t turn off the grid, wind-caused damage to their infrastructure could start more wildfires in the area.
Perhaps that’s true. Perhaps. This tale presumes that the folks who designed and maintain PG&E’s transmission system are unaware of or ignored the need to design it to withstand severe weather events, and that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) allowed the utility to do so.
Ignorance and incompetence happens, to be sure, but there’s much about this story that doesn’t smell right—and it’s disappointing that most journalists and elected officials are apparently accepting it without question.
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Here’s an interesting theory as to why PG&E has to cut power to Customers.
Of course, there’s no way for Joe-Sixpack to know if this is true, but it’s an “interesting question”.
I’d bet there’s some truth to it.
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