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PUC To Investigate Power Outages

A consumer group wants Pacific Gas and Electric fined for how it handled power outages caused by a series of powerful storms that blasted Northern California over the past two weeks.

More than a million customers were in the dark for at least a while. Many were without power for days. The Utility Reform Network is applauding calls for investigations by the state Public Utilities Commission and a state

lawmaker.

TURN spokeswoman Nettie Hoge says P G & E has been given a lot of money to improve the electric system. She says TURN wants to know where the money went.

But P G & E is calling TURN hypocritical. Utility spokesman John Nelson says the organization tried to get the PUC to cut in half the amount PG & E got for tree trimming. Falling branches are the cause of many power outages during storms.