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Letter to the Editor: Outage Outrage

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Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz. PHOTO: TARMO HANNULA

Up here in the San Lorenzo Valley we keep having power outages and the other day an electrical engineer asked me to quote him on a battery backup system because he couldn’t work through the frequent blackouts. He claimed that PG&E has been retrofitting some new equipment that they rushed out to buy without thoroughly testing first. Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter technology is designed to help mitigate risk by rapidly reducing electricity in a wires-down situation, reducing the potential for safety and electrical fire ignition events. Sounds good on paper, but it appears to drop out accidently and right now my neighborhood is having its second outage in 24 hours, first last night and now all day. I mention this because there’s a good chance this problem will increase knowing what a clown show PG&E runs. I’d encourage folks to reach out to their elected officials and the PUC and voice concerns because between PG&E and the equipment provider, someone has goofed and we deserve reliable power.

Carl Reuter

Land and Sea Solar, Santa Cruz


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