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Rep. Ro Khanna Of California Backs Public Takeover Of PG&E: ‘For-Profit Does Not Work’

Alexander C. Kaufman

Rep. Ro Khanna called for a public takeover of the investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. as anger mounts over widespread blackouts aimed at keeping electrical equipment from igniting wildfires. But 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.