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California Governor Attacks PG&E for Blackout Caused by ‘Greed and Neglect’

  • California’s Newsom wants ‘major reorganization’ of PG&E
  • Utility has restored nearly 60% of power after epic outage
PG&E Cuts Power To A Half Million In Phase One Of Epic Blackout
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Faced with mounting public anger over massive blackouts, California Governor Gavin Newsom blasted PG&E Corp. for years of “greed and mismanagement” as the bankrupt utility restored power to more than half those left in the dark.

Newsom’s comments came as many PG&E customers questioned whether it overreacted to a windstorm that didn’t prove as powerful in Northern California as forecast. The company cut electricity to more than 2 million people -- the largest preemptive blackout in the state’s history -- to prevent its power lines from sparking wildfires.