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California hospitals plan for power outages

Last October, PG&E shut off power to more than 248 hospitals and millions of customers to prevent uncontrolled power outages during the region’s powerful Santa Ana winds. The winds have a tendency to exacerbate fire conditions, rushing in to coastal California from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east.

The outages seem to be necessary to save lives, but the practice is also a money-saving move by utility companies like PG&E—which is still paying out billions as a result of damage from the deadly Camp Fire of 2018.

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