California Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), to pay the customers who lost power in early October when the state’s largest utility cut electricity to prevent wildfires, according to KTLA.
The Democratic governor sent a letter Monday (Oct. 14) asking PG&E CEO Bill Johnson to provide a bill credit or rebate worth $100 for residential customers and $250 for small businesses.
Newsom says the shutoffs affected too many customers for too long, and it’s clear PG&E implemented them “with astounding neglect and lack of preparation.” He says that before the shutoff PG&E executives rejected offers of help from state and local emergency managers.
PG&E officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The shutoff affected about two million people in 35 counties.
Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state’s large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire.
It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power, but by far the largest to date in the utility’s effort to prevent a deadly wildfire sparked by its power lines.
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