Category: California Wildfire Law

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For Years PG&E Knew Their Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and They Still Didn’t Fix Them

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..

PG&E Cuts Power To 20,000 In Butte, Yuba Counties Due To Continued Fire Danger

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..

Regulators approve PG&E wildfire plan and statewide power shutoff rules 

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..

PG&E Says It Will Build Paradise Power Lines Underground

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..

PG&E – Fire Danger Could Force San Francisco Blackout

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 eyes purchase of PG&E grid assets to increase power independence 

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..

BREAKING NEWS: Cal Fire confirms PG&E transmission lines caused the deadly 2018 Camp Fire

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..