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California Representative Ro Khanna wants a public takeover of PG&E

Alexander C. Kaufman

Representative Ro Khanna called for a public takeover of the investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company as anger mounts over widespread blackouts aimed at keeping electrical equipment from igniting wildfires. An ideal public power network would be less centralized, with distributed renewable generation, batteries, and transmission lines that would make the system less vulnerable to fires and extreme weather events, said Johanna Bozuwa, a public power expert at the Washington-based think tank Democracy Collaborative.