Really, PGandE ?!?

The troubled California utility can’t seem to get anything right

This week’s swirling stories of unplugged Californians who were struggling to cope with PG&E’s planned power outage made the Golden State seem more like a dystopian nightmare than a movie star’s paradise. A few examples:

The rolling power cuts were designed to keep power lines from throwing out sparks that could cause deadly fires, in the event that strong Diablo winds would rise up and take over. Fortunately for the risk of impending disaster,  but perhaps unfortunately for PG&E’s reputation with its customers, the winds didn’t materialize as expected, leaving many residents to conclude that the precautions had been unnecessary, and unnecessarily botched.

Other departments at the beleaguered utility had it no better.

On October 2, The Wall Street Journal ran a PG&E bankruptcy story with the headline, “PG&E Creditors Intensify Demands for Competition on Bankruptcy Exit Terms

And on October 5, the company agreed to  pay $65 billion to the Public Utilities Commission, to settle claims of deceptive and incompetent practices (read more at ABC news)

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