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PG&E blackout plan approved by Public Utilities Commission

PG&E and other California utility companies now have the green light to cut off electricity to customers during high fire danger.

Posted: May 31, 2019 8:07 AM

CALIFORNIA - PG&E and other California utility companies now have the green light to cut off electricity to customers during high fire danger. 

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The decision came Thursday from the Public Utilities Commission. 

PG&E faces billions in legal claims, accused of starting the Camp Fire. 

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The energy giant asked regulators to allow PG&E to pull the plug when fire risk is extremely high. 

In Thursday's hearing, prior to the commission's decision, disability rights advocates asked commissioners to consider that the loss of power can have life-threatening consequences. 

The commission did say utilities must do a better job with preventative efforts. 

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