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Today California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) began the first phase of its Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) during which the power will be cut to up to 800,000 customers, according to the utility. The utility...
A total of about 2,600 trees were involved
The Journal, using documents obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act, reported in early July that PG&E delayed safety work on a power line that sparked a November wildfire that essentially wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people
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PG&E, which is in bankruptcy reorganization partially because of its liabilities in deadly, destructive blazes, initially will pitch in about $4.8 billion, with subsequent annual contributions of approximately $193 million.
PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January to deal with an estimated $30 billion in liabilities from wildfires its equipment may have ignited in 2017 and 2018, including the wildfire in the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people
Some of the transmission line issues mirrored those on a line that state fire officials have blamed for starting the November wildfire that killed 85 people and nearly destroyed the town of Paradise
California's energy utilities have lived in a challenging world for decades, in part due to state policymakers' insistence on costly and often risky initiatives that haven't always worked out. Consumers pay the price through some of the nation's highest rates for service. But the situation now facing PG&E breaks new ground and poses fundamental questions for not just the company and its investors, but also the public.
A downed line, coupled with dry vegetation and extremely high winds, fueled the fire that killed at least 85 people and laid waste to more than 150,000 acres and 15,000 structures.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to use PG&E Corp.'s bankruptcy to take over some of the company's assets for the city's power needs, a move that would shake up California's largest utility and remake the state's energy landscape.