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California Proposes Penalty for Utility Fire Shutoff Failures

  • PG&E, Edison and SDG&E didn’t comply with state rules
  • Utilities have taken to cutting power during high-fire risk
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California regulators proposed a number of remedies and penalties for the state’s three investor-owned utilities as the companies failed to protect public safety during 2019 power shutoffs designed to prevent live wires from starting wildfires

PG&E Corp., Edison International’s Southern California Edison and Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric wouldn’t be able to collect revenue from customers for electricity not sold during future power shutoff events until they can show improvements in the way they evaluate and report public harm when determining whether to switch off service, according to a proposal from California Public Utilities Commission.