We have a rare opportunity here....CA should take over the electrical grid and production, convert the positions to state employees. This would allow CA to reduce electric bills, and step up conversion to renewable energy...could be an example of how it should be done....they couldn't do worse then the current situation. PG&E has already shown incompetence and are now a danger to public safety.
The power shutdowns are to reduce possible ignition sources (forest fire prevention) due to the forecast of high winds and dry conditions.
Fighting fires in high winds is an impossible task.
Because of inaction on many fronts to prevent dangerous fire conditions over years (failure to control growth, disregard of reducing fuels though controlled burns, mishandling of water resources) and the like have greatly contributed to the situation.
Trying to oversimplify the complexities involved doesn't help proper analysis.
No where in the country are high voltage powerlines, even the best maintained, not a risk for fires, especially with high winds and close trees and uncontrolled accumulation of fuels to sustained forest fires, and of course dry conditions......
As far as renewable energy, grid controllers often have to notify solar farms to switch off because the grid can't handle the excess power contribution,
partially due to the inability to connect the grid infrastructure with neighboring states that could utilize it better in a larger system.
It's an easy google to understand why.......
And all the above is without mentioning politics at all,
just describing the situation better in case some want to research more deeply than some opinion piece in the local paper........