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    Electric-Car Owners Hard Hit by Massive California Power Shutdown

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    Nature built California to burn. And there's only so much Elon Musk, Pacific Gas & Electric, or anyone else can do to diminish that.

    "All Tesla Supercharger stations in regions affected by California power outages will have Tesla Powerpacks within next few weeks," Elon Musk tweeted this morning in response to PG&E's shutoff of power to several California regions in order to minimize the risk of wildfire from high winds. "Just waiting on permits."
    The logic behind the planned power outages is explained on PG&E's special website dedicated to tracking and preparing for them. "To protect public safety, PG&E has turned off power due to gusty winds and dry conditions combined with a heightened fire risk," the site explains. "Once the weather subsides and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will begin patrolling power lines, repairing damaged equipment, and restoring customers."

    These aren't short-term outages where the major consequence is missing the morning’s episode of The Price Is Right. "Outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours," the company warns. "For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for outages that could last several days."

    On the second day of the outages, the Wall Street Journal reports 700,000-plus customers are without power in Northern California, including areas such as the East Bay abutting Berkeley and Oakland.

    And if there's one place where Tesla sells a lot of cars, it's the East Bay. Not only does the area contain Fremont, the city where the Tesla assembly plant is located, it's also maybe the place most politically attuned to the idea and aspirations of electric-car ownership. And there's plenty of money there to purchase such vehicles.
    Ah, but there's this:
    Tesla owners may, in many instances, be better prepared for such outages than those without electric vehicles. The Tesla Powerwall 2 home battery can provide power for a home for up to seven days, claims Tesla. For Californians with solar power installations and the horsepower to afford $14,100 for the batteries plus a few grand more for installation, they may never have to experience a single sip of warm kombucha.
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    Guess if a person can afford a Tesla, they can afford their own personal home electric power company.

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    What surprised me most about the rolling blackouts is that the people with solar panels on their homes are also equally screwed. Those panels only feed energy back into the grid, and when it goes down, so do the panels. I thought they could at least provide some energy direct to the homeowner.

    Crazy.
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    A cousin used to work for PG&E and we were talking about this a few days ago.
    California passed some laws and now they are getting exactly what they deserve.
    That 20 billion dollar lawsuit doesn't look so good now, does it?
    Get off the cross, we need the wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary m View Post
    A cousin used to work for PG&E and we were talking about this a few days ago.
    California passed some laws and now they are getting exactly what they deserve.
    That 20 billion dollar lawsuit doesn't look so good now, does it?
    They've known for at least 30 years that they ought to have been gradually replacing the power lines with buried ones, but the shareholders expect big returns, so the company does the cheapest infrastructure maintenance they can get away with. We pay at least 5x as much per KW here as we did in Florida, yet somehow there's never enough money to make the power grid safer and more durable. We're not talking hurricanes here or even earthquakes. The power lines can't handle a little wind and hot weather.

    This is BS and everyone knows it.
    No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. This offer VALID in 35 34 33 32 31 26 20 17 15 14 13 ALL 50 states.

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