Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

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Update by SCE
8:30 p.m., October 20, 2019

This is an important safety message from Southern California Edison. Due to current conditions, the SANTA BARBARA area, has been removed from Public Safety Power Shutoff consideration, and no electric service will be proactively turned off at this time. If outages due to other reasons unrelated to Public Safety Power Shutoffs occur in your area, SCE will work as quickly as possible to restore your service. For more information please visit our website at www.sce.com. If you see a downed power line, stay away, call 911, and report this to SCE at 1-800-611-1911

 

Update by edhat staff
1:45 p.m., October 20, 2019

The City of Goleta was removed from Southern California Edison's (SCE) Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) list for Sunday. However, residents have grown increasingly confused as conflicting information has been released due to SCE's delay in updating their website as well as confusing notifications.

As of Sunday afternoon, power has not been cut off from Santa Barbara County. The most up-to-date map appears to be from Ready Santa Barbara County at readysbc.org. The full map is available here.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Santa Barbara County south coast and mountains in effect until 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

SCE is currently monitoring 14 circuits that may impact parts of unincorporated Santa Barbara County along the Gaviota coast, between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland, and parts of incorporated Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. The period of concern for possible de-energization for 8 out of the 14 circuits began at 12pm (noon) today. No PSPS related outages have occurred at this time. The remaining circuits’ period of concern begin at 3pm and 6pm. Additionally, some customers received SCE notification this weekend that a shutoff has been avoided for their area.

SCE has deployed a Community Resource Vehicle Sunday until 5:00 pm equipped with charging stations and SCE staff will be on-site to address your questions at the following locations:


Update by edhat staff
6:05 p.m., October 18, 2019
 

As of Friday evening, more of Santa Barbara County has been added as "under consideration" for the PSPS list. Currently, 24,148 SCE customers could be affected. 

Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified the public that they are considering turning off power to several areas of Santa Barbara County this weekend (October 18-20) due to expected high winds.  Power has not yet been turned off for these areas.  The outage may impact unincorporated areas of southern Santa Barbara County and in parts of Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria.  To determine if you live or work in or near a potential outage area, go to ReadySBC.org to access the PSPS interactive map.  Residents are encouraged to make preparations for a possible multiple day power outage lasting as long as 5-7 days and check on friends and neighbors to make sure they are prepared.  Call SCE directly at 1-800-611-1911 or visit www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps with questions related to this potential outage.

Here are some helpful resources:


Update by edhat staff
8:15 a.m., October 18, 2019

As of Friday morning, 6,702 customers in Santa Barbara County have been added to the potential PSPS list.


Update by Office of Emergency Management
9:40 p.m., October 17, 2019
 
Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified the public that they are considering turning off power to some areas of Santa Barbara County later this week due to expected high winds.  Power has not yet been turned off for these areas.  The outage may impact an area from Buena Vista Avenue in Montecito through parts of Summerland and to the intersection of Linden Avenue and State Route 192 in Carpinteria, going as far north as the end of Toro Canyon Road and mostly staying on the mountainous side of the 101. 
 
If you live or work in or near this area, you should make preparations for a possible multiple day power outage lasting as long as 5-7 days.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.  We encourage residents to check on your friends and neighbors to make sure they are prepared.  Call SCE directly at 1-800-611-1911 or visit www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps with questions related to this potential outage.  For tips on how to prepare and register for public safety notifications, go to ReadySBC.org and click “Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS).”

Update by edhat staff
12:00 p.m., October 17, 2019
 
Southern California Edison (SCE) has removed sections of Santa Barbara County as of Thursday afternoon.

Currently, the PSPS websites stated 1,966 customers in Santa Barbara County will be affected in the following areas:

  • Unincorporated areas including Gaviota, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland

The designated areas and maps change frequently. Be sure to check https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps for the latest information. 


Update by edhat staff

3:30 p.m., October 16, 2019

As of Wednesday afternoon, Santa Barbara County has been added to the "Public Safety Power Shutoff" (PSPS) consideration list that would potentially affect 6,689 customers.

The designation areas include downtown Santa Barbara, Mission Canyon, the Riviera, Turnpike/Calle Real, and more. The full list and maps are below:

The designated areas and maps change frequently. Be sure to check https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps for the latest information. 


By edhat staff
10:00 a.m., October 16, 2019

Southern California Edison has issued a "Public Safety Power Shutoff" warning for parts of Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria on Friday. A warning was also issued for sections of Gaviota.

As of Wednesday morning, Santa Barbara County was removed from the consideration list, but residents should still be alert.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management is recommending that people be prepared to endure a power outage lasting 3-5 days. Residents are asked to keep cell phones and portable chargers charged, keeping gas tank full or electric vehicle fully charged, have flashlights and other lighting devices ready, have a hand crank or battery-operated radio to tune into these listed stations to receive updates, have 5-days worth of non-perishable food, and one gallon of water per person per day.

For further information please see the links below:

 
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JB86 Oct 17, 2019 08:48 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

This is stupid and useless What they are saying is that they may, or may not, decide to cut power to some areas. Kinda hard to plan based on that, other than plan for an outage. My candles are ready, batteries staged, get it over with.

JB86 Oct 17, 2019 09:00 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Thinking about this, I can't overlook 'Crisis Management 101.' SCE appears to just be laying down legal defenses, not serving customers. PG&E is doing the same. They are both screwing up. We'll see how it plays out, but the impression is of monopolies trying to steamroll regulation and the public interest.

a-1571374704 Oct 17, 2019 09:58 PM
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Here’s a quote from the latest email from SB County Office of Emergency Management as of 21:40, 10/17/2019, “ If you live or work in or near this area, you should make preparations for a possible multiple day power outage lasting as long as 5-7 days.“ This is for parts of Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito, and affects over 6,000 people.

EastBeach Oct 18, 2019 01:03 AM
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Getting windy on the Riviera now. Most locals who pay attention to the weather know winds often pick up after midnight this time of year - that's happening now .. the two stations on La Cumbre Peak reading 25 mph and 37 mph, SCE station east of Knapp's 35 mph (gust), San Marcos Pass 22 mph (gust), WCC 19 mph (gust), SCE station in Mission Creek 33 mph (gust), Botanic Gardens 27 mph (gust), Cold Spring Canyon 47 mph (gust), San Ysidro Creek 27 mph (gust). You get the picture ... the front country is getting all the wind now.

Z Oct 18, 2019 08:19 AM
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OMG! Friday is here and it's breezy! Pick one: a) Pitchforks and torches, march on the SCE substations. b) Candles, tea, confections, and mahjong. c) Camping lanterns, liquor, weed, and acoustic music. d) Generators, computers, internet, and gripes on edhat.

Flicka Oct 18, 2019 09:32 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

I would expect anyone living in high fire prone areas will be turned off is necessary. Remember the Thomas Fire was started by downed power lines. Better to have no electricity than have a repeat of that devastating fire. I think the deadly Northern CA fires were also caused by power lines. Direct Relief is preparing a location for people to recharge cell phones. I don't know where it is.

biguglystick Oct 18, 2019 10:04 AM
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I totally understand that shutting off power for short periods of time may be necessary, that is not the problem, it's the lack of clarity and direction that SCE is offering. The maps are hard to read and confusing, the info is murky and may or may not be reliable. People would be ok if they could plan ahead and prepare for it, that's why we ALL should be prepared anyway, just in case. Be responsible, we live in a very high fire area, that's a given. SCE needs to up its game on communication and leadership in times like these for sure. Don't get mad, just get prepared, this is the reality of living here.

a-1571420057 Oct 18, 2019 10:34 AM
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Agree, but still very disappointed with SCE for doing a better job communicating it and doing a better job with the maps, alerts and notices. The reps have no ideas what they are talking about (surprising? I was!!) and they'd quickly get into into a mode blaming customers for not understanding the steps, but in fact, they didn't read their own writings. I was shocked by all of it. Willing pay more for better service, reliability, .... but that doesn't solve the systemic dreadful problems at SCE.

a-1571418300 Oct 18, 2019 10:05 AM
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This hotel list for S.B. County is two years old, prepared for the Montecito debris flow evacuations, and phone numbers are included. Some of these hotels might have generators and air conditioning. https://santabarbaraca.com/content/uploads/2018/03/Storm-Evacuee-Hotel-Rate-List_Updated-2.28.18.pdf

a-1571418662 Oct 18, 2019 10:11 AM
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Go to Direct Relief, near airport, off of Hollister-- from KEYT "Direct Relief is making their headquarters available for anyone who may be without power due to possible Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Anyone whose power has been shut off can charge their phones, computers, portable batteries, or any other devices at the charity's headquarters at 6100 Wallace Becknell Road in Goleta.
Direct Relief's building can maintain power even if the grid goes down. The facility has a microgrid built by Tesla which allows the facility to keep running and protect their inventory of cold-chain medicine.
The microgrid utilizes solar power, battery storage and diesel generators as backup. Tesla deployed similar grids during the Puerto Rico blackouts following Hurricane Maria."

Shasta Guy Oct 18, 2019 10:11 AM
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It looks like all the excitement begins late afternoon today based on this new Fire Weather Message. Hopefully they can gain the upper hand on the fire near El Cap before then because we don't want to see western Goleta have any troubles. ================================================== Red Flag Warning
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
941 AM PDT Fri Oct 18 2019

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 PM PDT
SUNDAY FOR SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COAST AND MOUNTAINS DUE TO GUSTY
SUNDOWNER WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES...

.Gusty sundowner winds will persist across portions of the Santa
Barbara south coast and mountains through Sunday evening, with
wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph common. The strongest winds with this
event will likely be focused in the hills above Montecito Hills
where gusts as high as 55 mph are expected tonight, increasing
to 60 to 70 mph on Saturday night into Sunday morning. Humidities
between 10 and 25 percent will be common during this event, with
poor recoveries at night in the foothills and windy canyons. The
driest conditions are expected on Saturday. The combination of
the gusty sundowner winds, low humidities, and dry fuels has
prompted this Red Flag Warning issuance.

EastBeach Oct 18, 2019 10:16 AM
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Simple planning is better than whining. I don't need detailed info from SCE to plan. I only need to know if heavy wind is in the weather forecast. Park the car outside if you don't want to deal with opening the garage door manually. Use your earthquake kit for food/water/lights if necessary. Keep some ice in the freezer if needed for meds. Keep your cell phone charged and put it into low battery mode if power goes off. Cell phone charging batteries are cheap so buy one if you must. Do most of us really need a generator to get by w/o power for a few days? That would be a luxury for me.

RHS Oct 18, 2019 10:22 AM
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People, please calm down and resist the animal instinct to blame and avoid responsibility. 1. The maps are the maps that SCE uses to show where their electricity goes and therefore are representative of the areas that will lose electricity if certain lines are shut down. The maps are readable if one takes a few moments to identify geographical points. 2. SCE and PGE and other utilities corrupted the Public Utilities Commission that was supposed to protect consumers. The politicians ignored this. So both of these institutions are at blame. 3. The losses from last year's disastrous fires resulted in large lawsuits that will bankrupt these companies if they are successful. It is understandable that the companies will now act to avoid such liability in the future so will be aggressive in shutting down systems that may be compromised by the weather. We, as consumers/customers and voters have the duty to make changes that will deal with this in the immediate future. That is not going to happen overnight. Meanwhile the idea that the problem is "fuel overload" and other excuses has to be ignored. Real answers will take time and money.

a-1571421454 Oct 18, 2019 10:57 AM
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RHS - the maps being circulated are NOT consistent, therefore, not accurate. Depending on which map you look at (see following links), certain parts of Mission Canyon area are, and then are not, within the boundary. So, which is it? ---------- https://sbcoem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=99df9c47aeca4e73aaa41e6cdf6901e6 ------------------ and ---------------https://library.sce.com/content/dam/sce-doclib/public/sce-high-fire-area-emergency-documents/santa-barbara-county/_083_PUESTA.pdf

pstarSR Oct 18, 2019 11:15 AM
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I think people are getting stuck on 1 thing. the fact that SCE has labeled( mis-labeled ) mission canyon as "unicorporated" and not in the "santa barbara" map. but yet it is clearly PART of santa barbara's proposed cut off. If you go to SCE's main PSPS page, you will see the full list of maps. for the area. specific links to certain maps is not helpful to clearly see it.

SantaBarbaraObserver Oct 18, 2019 11:56 AM
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People need to understand that the electrical power lines and circuits do not follow streets, maps or traditional neighborhood boundaries. They are not clearly defined due to various zones, switches and routes of the current all requiring specific processes for de-powering and powering. In other words: its not about the neighborhoods, its about the current draw, the circuits and the equipment.

EastBeach Oct 18, 2019 10:23 AM
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Here are two ways to know what days wind advisories are in place (scroll down to Santa Barbara) ....... https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/display_product.php?sid=LOX&pil=ZFP ....... https://www.weather.gov/lox/

a-1571420210 Oct 18, 2019 10:36 AM
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Fire Weather Snooper, National Weather Service, details include wind speed, temp, fuel, elevation, relative humidity, time. https://www.weather.gov/lox/fwmV3?wfo=lox&net=1,2

Shasta Guy Oct 18, 2019 10:56 AM
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Blame and whining are of zero value, only preparedness matters. Otherwise you'll be watching your 100 pack of organic, free range, vegan, gluten free, Texas-style BBQ kale burritos thaw with no way to keep them cold.

AdamVant Oct 18, 2019 02:33 PM
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Shasta Guy, if only the "earth-conscious neighbors" had their very own solar arrays and windmills to go with their fairy dust and unicorn farts then they could generate their own electricity. But, alas, they sit and wait and believe there is a magical energy source and some yet undiscovered chemical element that will wondrously appear out of nowhere to power our society.

a-1571530936 Oct 19, 2019 05:22 PM
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There's no frigging fairy dust about it. I'm putting power into the grid. I'm on a PPA, I get a credit, but SCE & the solar company are getting paid. I do it because -- WHY NOT?

a-1571422003 Oct 18, 2019 11:06 AM
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RED FLAG warning issued from this afternoon to Sunday. Be ready to have your power shut down no matter where you live. ------------- https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ039&warncounty=CAC083&firewxzone=CAZ239&local_place1=6%20Miles%20NW%20Isla%20Vista%20CA&product1=Red+Flag+Warning&lat=34.4826&lon=-119.9181#.Xan-2UZKiHs

a-1571432756 Oct 18, 2019 02:05 PM
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@2:00 - even if you don't live in a fire risk area you could lose power because the lines and equipment that service your home are in a high risk area. It's all based on where their equipment is.

a-1571433776 Oct 18, 2019 02:22 PM
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2:00 p.m. What is dumb is that you can't understand the delivery system for electricity, only that it is usually available like magic at your wall socket! If there is a shutoff to your home it is because the journey of your electricity is a lot longer than you seem able to contemplate.

forrestmv18 Oct 18, 2019 03:11 PM
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Perhaps he/she/it likes the fact that none of our statewide power providers have been performing mandatory maintenance for the past twenty years so shutting off our power makes complete sense. And further that our own state regulators have been in duplicitous bed with both SCE and PG&E must make him/her/it happy...

winter Oct 18, 2019 03:02 PM
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This is crazy...I do agree...we all need to be prepared...just confusing.
I am now in the flat lands of Noleta.
Used to be in the foothills..
Got 2 alerts last night, about 9:30...saying Turnpike, to More Mesa, might be shut off.
We have not had much wind...
Plus, Sheriffs Station, jail, gas stations, San Marcos, and Vons center, all here.
Just stressful...one minute...you are excluded on the map, then get a text.

Shasta Guy Oct 18, 2019 04:19 PM
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YIKES SCE just cranked up the number of potentially affected customers substantially: ========================================================================== Santa Barbara County (24,148 customers)
◾Santa Barbara
◾Goleta
◾Carpinteria
◾Unincorporated areas including Orchams, El Encano Heights, Oak Park, Samarkand, North State, Cold Springs Canyon, Gaviota, Jalama Beach, Mission Canyon Map 1, Hwy 154, El Capitan Park, Montecito, Summerland, Mibek Rd., Sterrett Ave. and Foothill Ave =============================================================================Maybe they have been monitoring Edhat, and they don't like our comments.

Shasta Guy Oct 18, 2019 04:29 PM
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This means Eastside and Montecito people may not be able to pop over to Goleta for gas and etc. Be gassed up now. It looks like they may shut down a lot of us who thought they were not in the zone. Everyone needs to be ready. What stations remain open after the power goes out likely will long lines...

EricL Oct 18, 2019 05:04 PM
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I'm happy to say I've prepared for something like this for a few years now. Guns, ammo, food, water, emergency power cells, first aid kits - I got it all. I can hang for a month without power no problem. But why SHOULD I? Why should the poor schmuck that lives down the street who ISN'T prepared have to put up with it either? I've lived in this town since '78 and there should be no reason for it.

Factotum Oct 18, 2019 06:21 PM
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"The County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to spend $825,000 more on outside legal experts to wage warfare with Southern California Edison, both for the power outages during high-risk fire weather and the Montecito debris flow." ( Source: Independent)

winter Oct 18, 2019 06:36 PM
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Don't want to be snarky...Just saw Montecito, will have boards up..in the Village..maps of possible outages...
Where is our leadership ????
Santa Barbara, Goleta ?
You pay your PIOS, hundreds of thousands of dollars...to do nothing..

a-1571453206 Oct 18, 2019 07:46 PM
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I am in my seventies, and am a car giver for more than one disabled person. I must walk and take the bus to get anywhere. Will the buses be running? If I had a car, will the gas pumps be operating? When I need food, will the grocery stores be able to operate without power? I visit the pharmacy several times a week to pick up life-saving medicine for myself and the people for whom I care. Some of them require refrigeration (insulin). Will Pharmacies be able to dispense medicine necessary for life and health? We can't refill them before they are due, so two days' notice doesn't cut it. I am not even mentioning that it will be in the 80º's and 90º's for the next several days. Without a fan, living in an upstairs cube with little ventilation is not healthy for anyone of any age, let alone the elderly. Will people who require chemotherapy and dialysis be able to get it once the generators go out, if they are operable? If a pharmacy could fill prescriptions, could my doctor's office access patient records? If any of these answers are "NO", then Santa Barbara is as vulnerable as Puerto Rico was, with a similar outcome in store for us. Except that the hurricane was an actual thing, not caused by PG&E shirking its responsibility and not anticipating these events years ago, until they were bitten on the butt in the past few years. People are going to die from conditions due to not having electricity - mostly the elderly and the poor, so, meh, right? The actuaries have calculated that the wrongful death settlements will cost less than paying for an entire city burning down and all the agricultural liability they face, etc. - many millions vs many billions. That's what it's about. If this happens, Santa Barbara, of all places, becomes like a third world country for a period of time. This is also poorly planned, the maps are atrocious and useless. If your power goes off, it's gonna go off, and if you don't see yourself on the map, it's going off anyway. We, the consumer are currently powerless (pun intended) to do anything NOW, but we better get on this once the crisis has passed and come up with a better, more 21st Century plan. What's up with "smart meters" - are they just one way, or could they be adapted to selectively shut off, thus leaving critical business open to at least keep us fed, hydrated, and healthy, med-wise. This is the most arbitrary, stupid, and self-serving plan ever! I don't care who came up with this desperate scheme - PG&E, SCE, Gavin Newsmen , or the insurance and reinsurance companies - it needs to be rethought and another solution needs to be found.

a-1571456511 Oct 18, 2019 08:41 PM
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Medical risk is, to me, the biggest issue. Next is inability to pay for needed protective measures. Are you and your friends/clients signed up with County Public Health and other caregivers? Have you researched all your backup options? I'm NOT talking about a generator. I'm a bit out of the loop; haven't caretaken since 2015. But please take advantage of what's out there! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Call Public Health and ask them about Disaster Partners Healthcare. Of course, no phone #. But it IS in the phone book. Yes, I still possess one and use it a couple of times a year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------FINALLY found something specific. Our local gov't. websites are not easy to use. https://www.countyofsb.org/phd/ems/epp.sbc ----------------------- GOOD LUCK!

a-1571457049 Oct 18, 2019 08:50 PM
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Ah hell, elder caregiver, you are totally correct. Our system is bad. https://www.directrelief.org/2019/10/california-power-blackouts-reveal-vulnerability-in-healthcare/

a-1571458405 Oct 18, 2019 09:13 PM
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.. because all that money we paid over the years went to CEOs bonuses and smart meters to charge us better and easier, much less went to maintenance, upgrade, long-term planning .... it is better to let these jokers roll over and bankrupt so we can start over.

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