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Last Wednesday, California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) intentionally cut power to 500,000 customers in parts of 22 counties in to prevent wildfires. This came after huge wildfires for the past two years, both started by sparks from equipment from PG&E.
We were warned of these power outages in June and given plenty of time to prepare. But still, it was difficult for many people.
I have had two problems that involve power.
One is that my office and kitchen are in a room in a building that was wired 25 years ago when all of today’s need for power was not foreseen. So I can run my computer and cook on an induction cooktop at the same time, but I can’t turn on my portable heater or the window air conditioner or my toaster oven at the same time. If I forget this while my attention is on working and turn on too many appliances, the power goes off immediately and I have to go in another room and turn the circuit back on and restart my computer. This has been driving me nuts for almost two years. I tried to not forget, I tried to rewire ($500+ for an additional new circuit), but I just couldn’t come up with a solution.