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PG&E plans power outages starting Wednesday; Los Altos, Los Altos Hills may be affected

Original post made on Oct 8, 2019

PG&E plans to pre-emptively shutdown power due to dangerous weather conditions starting Wednesday, and although the agency doesn't serve Palo Alto Utilities customers directly, they still could be affected by outages.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 10:13 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by Greg Coladonato
a resident of Slater
on Oct 8, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Greg Coladonato is a registered user.

Dear Editor:

The link in this paragraph above is broken:

"PG&E set up a webpage with a map showing where power outages may occur, but the company's website went down Tuesday morning due to what the utility said was a "high volume of traffic" from people looking up information related to a possible public safety power shutoff."

The eighth word is map and is a link, but doesn't work (and I doubt it's only broken for me).


Posted by Busy
a resident of North Bayshore
on Oct 8, 2019 at 8:22 pm

PG& E's website has been really, really, really slow all day.


Posted by Curious
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2019 at 10:26 pm

Why should we be surprised that PG&E can't maintain a functioning website, when they can't maintain a modern electricity system?



Posted by Fair
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Oct 9, 2019 at 1:43 am

Glad Mt. View isn't on that list.


Posted by Jake
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 9, 2019 at 5:43 am

Jake is a registered user.

PG&E is in federal bankruptcy which, according to a man of great and unmatched wisdom, is where the rich keep their assets and skip out on their debts and other obligations. Too bad the Kurds near Turkey cannot just declare bankruptcy.


Posted by Marilyn
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:43 am

This is a terrible inconvenience to so many people. These folks affected are supposed to throw out all their good food from the refrigerator, and try to live some kind of a life in the dark? Will folks have to have their pilot lights re-lit? PG&E needs to come up with a better solution to the problem.


Posted by Light in the darkness
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:56 am

Marilyn: This is an electrical outage, not gas.

Your pilot lights won't need re-lighting because normally they won't go out when only electricity is lost. Gas heat appliances that rely on constantly burning pilot lights are traditionally designed so that the pilot function is self-contained (i.e., no external electricity needed for it).

And don't throw out any food until it's spoiled. Any time your power goes out, a refrigerator can keep adequately cool for up to 24 hours or so if you open it as little as possible.


Posted by Shut off the gas!
a resident of Bailey Park
on Oct 9, 2019 at 11:08 am

I hope people are paying attention to what our politicians are/will be doing soon. They want to ban natural gas for new home construction/remodels. At the state level they initially wanted to ban natural gas outright and give people a few years to convert all your natural gas appliances over to all electric ones. This mandate will surely come back again at a future date and will be law.

Natural gas is the most affordable way to heat your home, is the best for cooking, is most efficient for heating hot water. Yet, our politicians are using the so called "Green New Deal" to say we have to do this to save the planet.

It's your call people, pay attention to this and raise your voice if you object. Our city, Mtn.View, already has council members who want a ban on natural gas for new construction. It will happen soon!


Posted by pls help
a resident of Bailey Park
on Oct 9, 2019 at 11:22 am

> (natural gas) is the best for cooking, is most efficient for heating hot water.

My electric kettle is much better than a gas stove for heating water. As is a microwave. The newer stove-top elements also work great.

With the tremendous growth in renewables, with much more on the horizon, I see it being the most affordable, too.


Posted by Jane
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 9, 2019 at 11:53 am

Solar and tesla batteries are available today and solar is available with zero up front cost and a $65/month rental cost with no commitment. Charges the battery, grid isn't needed. Nobody should have to deal with this. Send PG&E a message: you don't need them anymore.


Posted by Lyn
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Go Solar! This seems like the answer to me.


Posted by alyssa
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:20 pm

First off, give your pathetic self's a break! If pg&e is a main concern for you then, get away for a few days that is if you the money to do so ,and if not then id suggest to stop complaining, suck it up and let them do their job! Also, if a food is a main concern as well then oh well buy new food!


Posted by Shut off the gas!
a resident of Bailey Park
on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm

@pls help,

You said,
> (natural gas) is the best for cooking, is most efficient for heating hot water.

My electric kettle is much better than a gas stove for heating water. As is a microwave. The newer stove-top elements also work great.

With the tremendous growth in renewables, with much more on the horizon, I see it being the most affordable, too
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I have never seen a 75 gallon "electric kettle or a microwave" big enough to hold a 75 gallon tank to heat water. Care to provide a link to such an animal?

In case you have not noticed, mine and your P.G&E bill as never gone down, only up. With the states mandate on this carbon credit scheme, I am paying $290 on average, every month just for electricity where I used to only pay $80.

Thank god I have natural gas for cooking-heating-hot water, or my bill would be at least $450 a month. Natural gas is the best for these.

Just so you know, the states electrical grid could not handle the increase load if natural gas was banned.


Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Oct 10, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

@Greg Coladonato: It wasn't just you. Now that demand has died down, I can verify that the link is correct, it's PG&E's site that was broken due to heavy web traffic.


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