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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday formally opened a probe into recent power shutoffs that were initiated by PG&E and other utilities to ward off the threat of electrical sparks that could be whipped into deadly wildfires. "It is important for the PUC to determine if the utilities complied with using Public Safety Power Shut-offs as a last resort," PUC ...

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Widespread power shutoffs across the Golden State during peak wildfire season have spurred demand for what's called "solar-plus-storage" as a way for customers to keep their lights on. "Calling it an 'uptick' would be an understatement," said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Energy Systems, a Silicon Valley-based solar company. Cinnamon said the level of inquiries has more than doubled and his ...