EDITOR’S NOTE: PG&E restored power to the homes in this story via a short-term solution after this article went to press.
SmartMeter drama leads PG&E to shut off residents’ power
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is known to make exceptions around the holidays for customers who are delinquent on payments. If it’s close to Christmas, the utility provider channels the “goodwill toward men” sentiment and leaves the power on for those tardy patrons. But this seasonally inspired leniency didn’t apply to at least four Santa Cruz County households who had their power disconnected by PG&E in the week before Christmas.