California power shutoffs: when your public utility is owned by private investors

Widescale power shutdown reveals the depth of California’s infrastructure problems amid a growing climate crisis

When the United States’ largest investor-owned utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, shut down power to millions of Californians this week, nearly no one was ready. Not governments. Not businesses. And certainly not the general public.

As parts of the state went dark, the California governor Gavin Newsom told reporters he was “outraged because it didn’t have to happen”.

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