I Hate My Power Company

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is my electric and gas utility company. There was an electrical outage in our area on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, our whole house generator that we bought two years ago for just that purpose crapped out on us, leaving us without electricity and AC for four hours until the power was restored. I wrote about this here in response to Paula Light’s The Monday Peeve prompt.

Today, at 2:30 pm, the electricity went off again. And our generator has not yet been fixed. The good news was that by 4:00 on this very hot day, power was restored.

Can you guess what happened 45 minutes later? Yep, the power went out again. It’s now after 8 pm my time, more than three hours since today’s second outage, and there’s still no word on when we can expect power to come back on.

So three power outages in three days! When did Northern California turn into a third world country that can’t even provide reliable electricity to its residents?

I’m pissed.

28 thoughts on “I Hate My Power Company

  1. slmret August 24, 2022 / 8:29 pm

    Are any of these outages deliberate, preventative as a result of heat or wiind and red flag warnings? I think I’d rather have the inconvenience of an outage than be done in by a brushfire!

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    • Fandango August 24, 2022 / 8:45 pm

      No. If they have a planned outage, we get advance notice. These were not planned or preventative.


  2. Ron. August 25, 2022 / 2:22 am

    Hard to click “Like” for this news. Sorry. Our Generac kicks in every Sunday AM for a 10 minute test run & hasn’t failed us yet (4 years, many outages, one of which was 9 hours in mid-winter, sub-zero). Aaron’s coming out next week for annual maintenance. Hope things turn around for you soon.

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    • Fandango August 25, 2022 / 10:45 am

      Yeah, I’m pissed that mine failed after less than two years. I hope the new control board will fix the problem, as we’re bound to have more outages in the coming months.


  3. Marleen August 25, 2022 / 2:34 am

    I’m going to hazard an answer, as to when. Emphasizing private (or even so called public-private) and deregulated (even reduced regulation) services to citizens are about profit (every penny they can get — not simply a profit). Needed upgrades are less likely to happen. That’s what our country calls conservative.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam August 25, 2022 / 4:15 am

    We had a whole state blackout for 29 hours ☹️

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  5. donmatthewspoetry August 25, 2022 / 5:11 am

    Is your generator still under warranty?

    We are little electrons
    Electricity we make
    ‘Tis our weekend rest/relax
    (And our coffee break)

    I feel for you Fan but everything needs a break every now and again…….

    My logic not stacking up?……..

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    • Fandango August 25, 2022 / 10:57 am

      Yes, it’s still under warranty, so the part and labor will be covered, but the high cost of aggravation will not be.


  6. Maggie August 25, 2022 / 5:55 am

    We lose power (unplanned) so often. I am so thankful we have a generator. Fortunately, my husband can usually get it running if it fails to start automatically. Long periods of time with no power are certainly maddening. I would be angry, too.

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    • Fandango August 25, 2022 / 11:27 am

      We have a generator, too, which is great when it kicks in and stays on. I tried starting it manually when it didn’t start automatically, but it sputtered out after a few minutes. 🙁

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  7. JT Twissel August 25, 2022 / 10:57 am

    I’ve had my own battles with PG&E. I even tried to get the town council involved in my dispute – which involved an easement property next door to us. Maddening experience.

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    • Fandango August 25, 2022 / 12:03 pm

      It’s a monopoly and we consumers have little leverage.


  8. pensitivity101 August 25, 2022 / 11:08 am

    Our government is assuring us there will be no outages in the winter and to use as much electricity s we want. Pfft! At what they’re charging now, people are cutting back to save money, not energy.
    Look at it this way Fandango, while the power is out, you aren’t being charged for usage.
    If we have a cut here, we are still charged a daily service fee regardless of delivery!
    Every silver lining has a cloud my friend.

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  9. Marilyn Armstrong August 25, 2022 / 12:55 pm

    I think we are ALL pissed at our power utilities. They totally suck. Ours has made it practically impossible to use one of the all-green electric services because they are charging (are you ready?) $180 on top of the price you pay for being connected to National Grid. So the price for electricity was $217 AND they charged an extra $180 for “connection fees.” They just finished paying off a lot of money for overcharging millions of customers, so they’ve found A NEW WAY to overcharge us.

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    • Fandango August 25, 2022 / 1:38 pm

      They get you coming and going, don’t they?


  10. Jay August 25, 2022 / 1:42 pm

    It’s the same here every damn summer.Those should start being called power “outrages”! Speaking of, is it back yet?

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    • Fandango August 25, 2022 / 1:46 pm

      Yes, the “outrage” was finally resolved at around 9:30 last night. I’m wondering how long before the next “outrage.”

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      • Jay August 26, 2022 / 7:05 am

        The surprise is part of the “fun”!

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  11. leigha66 September 2, 2022 / 2:10 pm

    That is one of the reasons I question how reliable electric cars can be when the electric companies can supply the demand already. Hope you have your generator fixed now!

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    • Fandango September 2, 2022 / 4:01 pm

      Supposedly fixed. We’ll see at the next outage.

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  12. AtulHost September 21, 2022 / 11:56 pm

    Everyone must have the basic rights to energy and network.


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