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California Wildfires, Utilities and Grid Resilience

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Things are getting better for my home state (California). Unfortunately, the climate is getting worse, for all states and countries. The primary utility for Northern California, PG&E, apparently did not fully understand the latter in past-years so it is now in deep trouble, and may cease to exist as a single entity.

Although we have had many hundreds of wildfires this year, the most severe repercussions seem to have been avoided. This is part due to the Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) as used by PG&E and other California IOUs. Also CAL FIRE and other fire-fighting departments and agencies are getting much better at recognizing and quickly fighting the wildfires that have the potential to become monsters and evacuating residents early in their likely path. California is rapidly pouring resources into this battle, and plans to do much more.

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