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californiaCalifornia Emissions and Energy History

California has been able to decrease emissions by about 12% from 2000 to 2017. Most of this reduction was from shifting from coal use to natural gas. There was a drop of about 8% in the overall electricity from coal …

californiaCalifornia’s Must Choose Between Uncontrolled or Controlled Fires

Florida had over 2 million acres of prescribed (aka controlled) burns in 2017 and California had 87,000 acres of controlled burns in 2018. Georgia has 1.25 million acres of controlled burns and Alabama had 944,000 acres of controlled burns. California …

california$1000 Honda Gasoline Inverter Generator is My Best Option for Multi-Day Blackouts

I am currently living in a zone with regular multi-day power outages in California. I have already experienced three multi-day power outages in the last month and will likely have another one later this week. Any time there are winds …

californiaElon and Tesla Are Offering $1000 Discount for Those Hit By Wildfire Outages

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is offering a $1000 Discount for Solar and Powerwall for those hit by the California Wildfire power outages. This would be $13000 for a 3500-watt system. If you’re directly affected by wildfire power outages, Tesla …

californiaMillions Must Get Solar and Batteries or Live Without Utility Power

California electrical utilities and government has failed on forest management and failed on managing the electrical grid. PG&E will regularly cut power from September to February each year for the next 14 years to around 2 million people. Another 1 …

californiaPG&E Estimates 2029-2033 Until They Fix Grid Fire Danger Problems

One week ago, PG&E (California electric utility) cut power to about 2 million people in Northern and Central California, saying the outages were needed due to high winds and dry conditions that could spark wildfires. The power was for days …

businessPG&E Forces Customers to Suffer Billions in Costs Because PGE Failed to Make Their System Safe

PG&E is choosing to create what could be among the worst power outages in US history. This is not an outage where the weather directly caused the outage. It was not a hurricane that broke power lines. The winds had …

californiaDark Days Ahead in the PGE Dark Age

A website Willyweather tracks wind levels from the NOAA data. Moderate wind levels combined with Red Flag warnings have been enough for PGE to shutoff power to about 2 million people. Red Flag Warnings are common and those warnings have …

californiaRooftop Solar is Also Off in a Power Outage

PG&E is shutting off power to 800,000 Californians today and tomorrow. More than 1 million California homes are already soaking up sunshine with solar panels to generate electricity. Next year, that number will surge as new building standards take effect …