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PG&E Starts Second Round of Power Shutoffs as Blackout Spreads

  • As many as 3 million customers may lose power as winds rise
  • San Francisco and Silicon Valley expected to stay connected
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Millions in California Lose Power on Purpose
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PG&E Corp., the California utility giant forced into bankruptcy by devastating wildfires, is cutting power to more homes and businesses in the second phase of its biggest-ever intentional blackout designed to keep power lines from sparking more blazes.

The company told reporters late Wednesday that it has begun shutting power in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The outages are expected to spread to Berkeley, Oakland and elsewhere as dry winds leave the region at high risk of fire. Utilities in the Los Angeles and San Diego area are also warning of service cuts. More than 3 million people may be eventually affected, based on city estimates and the average household size. The economic impact may reach $2.6 billion.