In 2017 PG&E identified parts that needed a repair on its transmission lines to prevent structure failure, and dozens of steel towers needed to be replaced because they were still being used beyond their life expectancy. In November of 2018, the failure of a century-old transmission line owned by PG&E sparked the massive wildfire known as the Camp Fire. The… Continue Reading..
Just a few weeks into the dry summer season in California, fires connected with PG&E Corp. have already begun to burst. This week in Monterey County, more than 2,000 acres were burned, with energy lines being blamed as the cause. In Marin County, north of San Francisco, a transformer burst into flames earlier this month and ignited a brush fire.… Continue Reading..
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. agreed to pay $1 billion to the city of Paradise, but also to Butte County and other counties in Northern California as part of a negotiated civil settlement for a string of wildfires caused by the utility that ravaged the region. The settlements, announced on Tuesday, include PG&E paying Paradise $270 million and Butte County… Continue Reading..
Field crews from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started to restore energy Sunday to roughly 20,500 clients in Butte and Yuba counties after electricity was shut down due to gusty winds and dry weather. More than half of the customers impacted had electricity at 1:47 p.m. According to PG&E on Sunday and at 4 p.m. All the power of Yuba… Continue Reading..
Ripe fire conditions – winds, low moisture, dry vegetation, and heat – were anticipated to last through Sunday. A station south of Sonoma recorded gusts to 50 mph on Saturday, the National Weather Service said. PG&E is under pressure to avoid fire from starting after energy lines and other machineries were blamed for conflagrations that started during the so-called fire… Continue Reading..
Thursday, May 30, 2019 Regulators endorsed the first annual, state-mandated wildfire prevention plan for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as they also signed off on new standards for one of the main methods of the utility, which is switching off energy lines during dangerously dry and windy weather. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously in favor of the utility’s… Continue Reading..
Facing intense pressure to eliminate fire risks, PG&E said on Wednesday it plans to rebuild the electric distribution system in devastated Paradise with underground power lines. The utility, which was blamed for causing the Camp Fire by California investigators, said the underground lines would make the system of Paradise safer. Utility vice president of electric operations Aaron Johnson said in… Continue Reading..
In a recent regulatory filing, PG&E mentioned an alarming scenario as the company explained how it has dramatically expanded its program to shut down power lines intentionally so that they do not spark more dangerous wildfires. The company will consider turning off high-voltage transmission lines like the one that failed right before the Camp Fire last year – which was… Continue Reading..
San Francisco officials see an opportunity to reduce power delivery costs while also taking control of their energy mix with significant changes on the horizon for PG&E. The report considers three scenarios, including: “limited independence,” targeted investment to grow independence somewhat and the acquisition of PG&E’s assets for “full independence.” The city’s desire to exercise control over electric service to… Continue Reading..
Butte County, California – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Wednesday that it had determined, after a “very meticulous and thorough investigation,” the Camp Fire was caused by “electric transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E.” PG&E said in February that the fire was likely caused by its equipment. The Camp Fire which started on November… Continue Reading..