Pacific Gas & Electric has admitted to causing a raging wildfire in a California wine country with its high voltage transmission lines, which caused power outages for months. Unfortunately, another high voltage line failed that was expected to survive strong winds.
According to a Yahoo report, the failure of the power line might make PG&E more cautious moving forward, resulting in more widespread blackouts as they continue to test lines for reliability. “There’s going to be more collateral damage,” stated Michael Wara, director of the climate and energy program at Stanford University. “Transmission lines take longer to re-energize because everything connected to them must be inspected,” he continued.
Additionally, PG&E’s CEO stated that it would be about a decade before widespread outages aren’t necessary. The continued outages, as well as the threats of more outages, are leaving residents feeling vulnerable. “We’re being held hostage for their failings and their incompetence,” stated one resident regarding the outages in her city.