The average PG&E customer lost power 1.6 times for a total of nearly seven hours last year. A company executive blamed the problems on the geography and meterology of the area.
PG&E put much of the blame on a powerful storm that made landfall in January of 2008 that left 2 million in the dark. More recently, one of the company's underground vaults caught fire, knocking out power in San Francisco's city center and spewing noxious flames for hours.
But even striking those events from the books, PG&E customers still spent the longest lighting candles among utility customers statewide.
Photo by David Sifry.
Jackson West doesn't mind power outages, since it's like a snow day for folks who work from home.