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City Visions: After the blackouts: The Bay Area's energy future

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Single-circuit PG&E 500 kV power line

  PG&E's decision to cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers threw the Bay Area into disarray.  Yet despite the blackouts, fires still raged, with people evacuating and in some cases losing homes.  

How did California end up in this situation?  Who was most affected by the power shut offs, and what can be done to keep Bay Area lights on in the future?  


Nick Chaset, Chief Executive Officer of East Bay Community Energy

Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission

Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment