PG&E Says It Can't Commit To Expanding Tree-Trimming ForceLawyers for Pacific Gas & Electric said the utility can't commit to hiring hundreds more tree trimmers in the way that a federal judge wants to cut the risk of starting more catastrophic wildfires in California.
$2.1 Billion Penalty Against PG&E For 2017-18 WildfiresCalifornia power regulators on Thursday slapped Pacific Gas & Electric with a $2.1 billion fine for igniting a series of deadly wildfires that landed the beleaguered utility in bankruptcy.
Utility Wildfire Prevention Plans Call For More BlackoutsPlans by the state's three largest investor-owned utilities said wildfire mitigation plans would build on efforts made last year to reduce the risk their equipment would cause deadly infernos.
Victims: PG&E Still Has Rickety Power Line Near ParadiseIn an inspection just two months ago, an expert hired by the wildfire victims' attorneys found a power line with rusty equipment and some parts apparently held in place by electrical tape.
PG&E Pledges To Shake Up Board In Bid To Placate CaliforniaPG&E is pledging to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a potential takeover by the state of California and prove the nation's largest utility is turning over a new leaf as it works through its second bankruptcy in less than 20 years.
Bill Holding PG&E Accountable For Blackouts And Their Impacts Now Headed To Senate FloorA bill holding PG&E accountable for mass blackouts and the impacts they bring is headed to the Senate floor after passing out of the appropriations committee with a 4-2 vote on Thursday.
California To Examine Effect Of Blackouts On CommunicationWhen the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too.
PG&E Scrambles To Renegotiate Wildfire DealGov. Gavin Newsom's opposition to Pacific Gas & Electric's restructuring plan just a week after it struck a $13.5 billion settlement with fire victims is forcing the nation's largest utility to go back to the negotiating table and come up with a solution fairly quickly.
Gov. Newsom Rejects PG&E's Bankruptcy PlanGov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas and Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation's largest utility into bankruptcy.
PG&E's $13.5B Deal With Fire Victims Removes Huge ObstaclesPacific Gas and Electric will be able to avoid two legal obstacles that could have tripped up its efforts to bounce back from bankruptcy if California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a federal judge approve a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic fires blamed on the utility's equipment.
Technology To Keep Lights On Could Help Prevent WildfiresThe tool, which is being tested by PG&E, detects variations in electrical currents caused by deteriorating conditions or equipment and notifies utility operators so they can send a crew to fix the problems, the developer said.
PG&E Says Blackouts Limited Fires Despite 1 Likely FailureThe nation’s largest utility said Friday that its distribution lines have sparked no damaging wildfires since it began repeatedly shutting off power to hundreds of thousands of Northern California customers this fall.
Foothill Communities Prepare For PG&E Power Outages Amid Cold TemperaturesIt would be the fifth time this year for many people. This time around, keeping warm when the power is off is a big concern.
PG&E Notifies 264,000 Customers In 22 Counties About Possible Power Shutoff WednesdayPG&E may implement another Public Safety Power Shutoff in 22 counties this Wednesday. The shutoff would affect approximately 264,000 customers.
Another Strong Wind Event May Lead To Mid-Week Shutoffs, PG&E SaysPG&E said they are monitoring a potentially strong wind event expected mid-week that may bring more shutoffs to customers in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay.