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Original post made by D, Danville, on Jul 9, 2023

Yesterday, despite having perfect weather, our power, once again, went out for hours in Danville. In years past, we only lost our power in Danville about once a year, and for a good reason, like a horrible storm, or an auto accident involving a power transformer. Now, we actually lose our power in Danville about once a month, for no given reason. It's time for our elected officials, and journalist to actually look into this problem, and do their job in shining light(no pun intended) on this issue.

I would like to hear from PG & E exactly why did our power go out for hours yesterday, apparently affecting over 8,000 Danville residents, and what are they going to do to deal with this ever increasing problem. How about a journalist doing an investigating report on why we keep losing our power, and somebody please holding PG & E responsible for doing their job. How about one of our elected officials holding a town hall meeting and make PG & E executives appear and answer for their malfeasance?

Constant power outages are not just an annoyance, but actually very dangerous for the elderly and the disabled, and with so many people working from home also a major burden and expense on worker productivity and the source of large economic losses.

I only hope I finish this town square forum post before my power goes out yet again!

Comments (2)

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Jul 10, 2023 at 5:21 pm

Jennifer is a registered user.

I take power outages in stride.

Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2023 at 7:31 am

Paul Clark is a registered user.

It seems quite likely to me that PG&E's lack of maintenance and replacement of elements of their transmission system are to blame. With the recent major wildfires, some of which were actually caused by PG&E's lack of maintenance of their aging Outside Plant, coupled with not adequately fire braking their transmission lines, they suffered almost insurmountable financial losses. You can either run something with scheduled maintenance, or you can elect to run it until it fails, then deal with making emergency repairs. PG&E has probably adopted the latter policy, because their analysis has told them that this costs them less in the long run.
But we should not make PG&E the scapegoat, because they are "beholden": to a State that has it's "environmental agencies" fleshed out with people who believe that we should "let nature take it's course" when it comes to maintaining our forest lands. Recently, I read that California has something like 20 tons of dead vegetation per acre that should be cleaned up. Go take a drive up highway 88 as do frequently. You will see crews logging, and cleaning up alongside the roadway, taking away the debris from the massive fire that occurred between I 80 and 88 a couple of years ago. They will be at it for years! Finally, PG&E is a shadow of it's former self. It has chosen to sell off most of it's generating plants, and now buys the power it sells us. It is a sad commentary on a public utility that was a "blue chip" investment fifty years ago!

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