I believe California is in the perfect position to act as a cautionary tale for any group who would abuse their position as a natural monopoly (as in it makes no sense for competition for there to be various competing utilities).
Have the windmills blown up and started fires that killed a bunch of people?They replaced the last bunch of CEOs at PGE last year, refused PGE bankruptcy, wouldn't let them sell their windmills, and assigned the public utilities commission to watchdog them. Thats where the power shutoffs came from last year. So the government has been running the utility in effect, from above.
Funny thing, that question. I live in a place with an irrigation district--basically a public utility that manages both electricity and water in rural areas. A few years ago there was a referendum to make it more difficult for localities to establish their own utilities--it failed badly. And when I look at a map of California, with all the places where blackouts might occur marked, I'm in this big white space in the middle where PG&E DOESN'T provide the electrical power.
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