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UPDATE: More than 200 people were airlifted to safety.
The vote followed testimony from a handful of people who pleaded with the panel for leadership at a time of increased danger from fire and other natural disasters.
The Kincade fire in Sonoma County and the Getty fire in Los Angeles are just two of more than a dozen fires blazing across the state.
"Having a 24/7 nuclear plant, from a grid operator's standpoint - that is a real problem," says David Olsen, a member of
Pacific Gas & Electric is on trial for a suburban San Francisco blast that killed eight people.
California's well-earned reputation as a leader in developing and deploying renewable energy just got a new boost. In recent years, the state has set many impressive goals for the future, such as a goal to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
Last week, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced that it wants to retire California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant
For years my wife and I have been getting phone calls about going solar, and for years we've ignored them because it was just too expensive. But today 26 solar panels are mounted on the south side of our roof.
Utilities don't mind that solar is renewable, zero carbon, and enjoys free fuel -- as long as they own it. But solar is also modular and decentralized, which they hate. They don't want to compete with their own customers.
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