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Changes on the horizon: As Sonoma County recovers from Kincade fire, Bay Area considers lessons learned from PG&E shutoffs

A scorched car sits parked on the side of Chalk Hill Road in Healdsburg, Sonoma County. The Kincade wildfire threatened 90,000 structures at its peak.

by Eric Fang and Lucy Ge

November 20, 2019

Bay Area energy faces an uncertain future after controversial planned power outages  Following Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) mass power shutoffs last month, the Bay Area is evaluating potential changes to utility delivery and emergency response in the region.  In four rounds of shutoffs ...

Left in the dark

Left in the dark

by Arushi Saxena, News Editor

November 19, 2019

It was a chilly Saturday evening, punctuated only by the shrill cheers of children playing in the yard next door. It was the night before Diwali, and we had just concluded a day of re-organizing the house, embellishing our corners with traditional Indian decorations and placing diyas, mini oil lamps, ...

Lights out, flames rise: As Sonoma County continues to burn, “historic” high-speed, dry wind event prompts PG&E to expand power shutoffs to reduce additional fire risk

A forecasted map of approximate regions, highlighted in orange, that may be affected by tomorrow's public safety power shutoff. The shutoff was prompted by warnings of a high-speed wind event that increases risk of damage to power lines and fire hazards.

by Kathy Fang, Arya Maheshwari, and Nicole Tian

October 28, 2019

As the Kincade fire in Sonoma County continues to burn and “extreme” weather conditions bring heightened fire risks to northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced plans yesterday to implement the third consecutive public safety power shutoff (PSPS) of the week, whi...

Fire season in full force as Sonoma fire rages on, wind event pushes smoke into Bay Area and worsens air quality

Spare the Air forecast for tomorrow's air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

October 27, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for additional coverage on wildfires and outages. As the Kincade fire in Sonoma County rages on, dry, gusty winds continue to push smoke from the wildfires southward, prompting Spare the Air to issue an alert warning for tomorrow in the San Francisco Bay A...

PG&E to shut off power in 17 Northern California counties in second public safety power shutoff of the month

A map of regions that will potentially be affected by the public safety power shutoff.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) officials announced today that the utility will be moving forward with this month's second round of public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) today, turning off power to parts of 17 counties in Northern California, in response to warnings of dry, hot and windy weather...

Update: Bay Area electricity scheduled to return after second phase of PG&E outage shuts off power to some upper school students, faculty

A map of the Bay Area during the public safety power shutoff, which first hit the Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties Wednesday night, according to data released on Thursday by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. After the conclusion of a hazardous wind event, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued an “all clear” yesterday evening and has begun restoring power to customers across the Bay Area and the rest of northern Califo...

PG&E public safety power shutoff to affect up to 800,000 across northern, central, coastal California, starting Wednesday morning

PG&E public safety power shutoff to affect up to 800,000 across northern, central, coastal California, starting Wednesday morning

by Kathy Fang, Varsha Rammohan, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

October 8, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. Following predictions of dry, windy conditions and heightened fire risks, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plans to shut off power to 800,000 customers in 34 northern, central and coastal counties across California, sta...

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