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California utility using 'smarter, shorter' tactic for blackouts to prevent wildfires
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Tens of thousands of customers remained without power Wednesday in Northern California after blackouts were imposed to prevent sparking wildfires, but the state's largest utility said it's executing "smarter" plans to lessen the pain.
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Pacific Gas and Electric Compay (PG&E) said Tuesday that a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is impacting 172,000 customers in 22 counties, which began Monday night and rolling into Tuesday morning.
"PG&E only undertakes a PSPS as a last resort, when it is necessary to do so to protect public safety from extreme wildfire threat," the company said.
Company spokesman Jeff Smith told the Associated Press in the year since mass blackouts, the utility has learned to make the planned shutoffs, “smarter, shorter and smaller."
CALIFORNIA POWER TROUBLES, ROLLING BLACKOUT THR
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE THREAT, WINDS SPUR PG&E BLACKOUTS FOR ESTIMATED 172,000 CUSTOMERS IN 22 COUNTIES
The shutoffs for the utility were the first since last year's preemptive outages last fall impacted millions of people, some for days at a time.