California utilities shut off power in ‘extremely’ windy weather to prevent wildfires
California has a history of power lines sometimes sparking wildfires during high wind conditions, so utilities are responding in elevated fire risk situations by taking a proactive measure — turning off the electricity.
Last week, Southern California Edison temporarily shut off power to thousands of people in Riverside County for some 33 hours in “extremely high-wind areas” to keep its electrical lines from sparking a wildfire.
Also, San Diego Gas & Electric cut power to a mountainous area in southeastern San Diego County last week when major portions of Southern California were in red flag alerts, indicating… READ MORE.
Editor's note: This post was originally published on CNBC.com on December 13, 2017.