1. Exterior of California State Government Building
2. Seal of California on building exterior
3. Entrance to hearing rooms
4. Wide shot of hearing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Marybel Batjer, President, California Public Utilities Commission:
"Pacific Gas and Electric Company, PG&E, initiated a series of public safety power shut offs, PSPS events, during the week of October 7. These PSPS events affected up to 700,000 accounts that serve approximately 2 million California residents. Not only did this event have an unprecedented scale, but it turns out that the company's implementation of the PSPS protocol was flawed."
6. Close up of Johnson listening to hearing
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marybel Batjer, President, California Public Utilities Commission:
"Failures in execution, combined with the magnitude of this event, created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated and that requires scrutiny and correction."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) William Johnson, President & CEO, Pacific Gas and Electric:
"Let me assure you, we do not like to turn off the power. It runs contrary to the reason any of us ever got in this business. But as I look back at last week, one of the things that stands out in my mind, we actually didn't have any catastrophic fires in northern and central California and that was the sole intent of the PSPS."
Paradise, California - 16 October 2019
9-11. PG&E crews install underground power lines in neighborhood destroyed by wildfire
San Francisco - 18 October 2019
12. SOUNDBITE (English) William Johnson, President & CEO, Pacific and Electric:
"I hear skepticism about whether the shut off was truly necessary and whether the scope was too large, skepticism that we did this to save our own skin rather than for public safety. The fact is that we did this for one reason, and that is safety."
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Marg Hall, Activist for the Disabled:
"They framed these power safety shut offs as inconvenient or hardship. But what they don't realize is for people with disabilities, it's life threatening for some disabilities.The infrastructure they've set up is old, brittle, dirty and dangerous, from the transmission lines to the urban areas where the infrastructure is no longer working. We need them to get on board with a new infrastructure that's suitable for climate change, that's resilient and works for everyone."
Paradise, California - 16 October 2019
14-15. PG&E crews install underground power lines in neighborhood destroyed by wildfire
The chief executive of California's largest utility says it will take about a decade for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to get to the point where widespread safety outages are not necessary when fire danger is high.
PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson told state regulators Friday he expects the utility to get better with each new pre-emptive outage as it works to upgrade its equipment so blackouts affect fewer people.
Appearing before an emergency meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission, Johnson said the October 9th outage was the right call but said the utility could have done much better executing it.
PG&E shut off power to more than two million people last week because of fears that dangerous winds could knock down utility equipment and spark wildfires.
Customers complained of overloaded call centers and a crashing website that made getting information difficult.
The commission's president scolded the utility and ordered a series of corrective actions, including a goal of restoring power within twelve hours, not the utility's current 48-hour goal.
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