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Nevada County water agency considers buying PG&E assets


TAKE CONTROL BACK. WHILE POWER IS OUT IN GRASS
VALLEY, THE NEVADA IRRIGATION
DISTRICT IS UP AND RUNNING. POWERED BY A GENERATOR THAT
SHOULD ONLY BE RUNNING FOR A DAY
AND A HALF AT A TIME. NOW, ON ITS FIFTH DAY BECAUSE OF
THE PG&E POWER SHUTOFFS. WHICH IS WHY THE GENERAL MANAGER
SAYS SOMEONE NEEDS TO TAKE
ACTION.>>IT’S ABOUT LOCAL CONTROL. IT’S ABOUT TAKING BACK TH
OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE HOW WE AS
A COMMUNITY WANT TO RUN OUR
POWER SYSTEM. MARLEI: PEOPLE LOOKING AT
TODAY’S WINDS THAT TRIGGERED THE
POWER SHUT-OFF SAY ENOUGH IS
ENOUGH.>>IF THERE’S A BREEZE, WE’RE
GOING TO BE CUT OFF FROM
ELECTRICIT
THAT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME. MARLEI: ABOUT 200 PILED INTO THE
DISTRICT’S OFFICE, SPILLING INTO
AN OVERFLOW ROOM AND THE LOBBY
, ALL BECAUSE OF THEIR GROWING
FRUSTRATION.>>MY GOSH, HOW DID WE GET TO
THIS POINT? WE FEEL LIKE WE’VE MOVED
SOMEWHERE INTO A THIRD-WORLD
COUNTRY WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S
GOING ON. IT’S TRAGIC. AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING
ABOUT THIS. MARLEI: THEY SAY THE SHUTOFF IS
IMPACTING EVERYTHING FROM LOCAL
SHOPS TO REAL ESTATE SALES
>>WE’RE HAVING A HARD TIME
CLOSING OUR ESCROWS. WE’RE JUST REALLY CRIPPLED RIGHT
NOW. MARLEI: WHICH IS WHY NEVADA
IRRIGATION DISTRICT HOSTED THE
MEETING TO TALK ABOUT POSSIBLY
TAKING POWER BACK FROM PG&E.>>WE WOULD PURCHASE THEIR
ASSETS AND THEIR PROPERTY AS
NECESSARY TO BEING THE SERVICE
HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY. — BEGIN THE SERVICE HERE IN OUR
COMMUNITY. MARLEI: RESIDENTS SAY THEY’RE
EMPOWERED BY THE IDEA.>>IT’S NOT JUST ANY ONE COMPANY
THAT SHOULD BE IN CONTROL AND
THIS IS A MULTI-LAYERED ISSUE. THERE’S NO VILLAIN, THERE’S NO
VICTIM. WHAT THERE IS IS A PROBLEM WITH
A SOLUTION. MARLEI: IF THE WATER AGENCY
TAKES OVER, PEOPLE SAY THE
ACTUAL POWER EQUIPMENT MAY ALSO
REQUIRE AN OVERHAUL, NOT JUST
THE OWNER.>>THEY WOULD STILL HAVE THE
SAME OVERHEAD POWER LINES THAT
PG&E HAS, SO IS THAT REALLY A
SOLUTION? WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A LONGER
TERM SOL

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