By Washington Post January 22, 2019 at 5:17 am By Scott Wilson | The Washington Post SACRAMENTO – It was just after 6:15 a.m. when the line “tripped off.” Soon after, workers for Pacific Gas and Electric spotted smoke near the utility tower that, on the windy morning of Nov. 8, had suddenly gone dark. There was little time to do much more than take notice. Within 15 minutes, a fire began scorching through the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills north of here. By the time it was controlled weeks later, the Camp Fire had turned the retirement community to ash. The timing of the tower outage and the start of the fire, the largest in California history, has been reported to state utility regulators by PG&E. There has still been no determination on the question of whether the company is responsible for starting the fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed more than 14,000 homes. But by taking the step last week of filing an intention to declare bankruptcy, … [Read more...] about California wonders how and whether to save utility that could face huge fire liabilities
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Energy & Environment Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Energy & Environment | As Fires Ravaged California, Utilities Lobbied Lawmakers for Protection Supported by ByIvan Penn Jan. 5, 2019 LOS ANGELES — As California’s deadliest wildfire was consuming the town of Paradise in November, some of the state’s top power-company officials and a dozen legislators were at an annual retreat at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort on Maui. In the course of four days, they discussed wildfires — and how much responsibility the utilities deserve for the devastation, if any. It is an issue of increasing urgency as more fires are traced to equipment owned by California’s investor-owned utilities. The largest, Pacific Gas and Electric, could ultimately have to pay homeowners and others an estimated $30 billion for causing fires over the … [Read more...] about As Fires Ravaged California, Utilities Lobbied Lawmakers for Protection
By Katherine Blunt The Wall Street Journal Fri., Jan. 4, 2019 PG&E Corp. said Friday it plans to shake up its board as it responds to concerns that it could face billions of dollars in liabilities related to the recent deadly wildfires in California. The state’s largest utility said it would hire a search firm to find new directors to add “fresh perspective” to the company’s board and bolster its expertise in fire safety and other areas. The company also said it is reviewing “structural options” to implement the changes needed, but it didn’t specify what those options might be. PG&E said it is already interviewing several candidates. It didn’t say when the changes would be made. “We want to tap fresh perspectives and additional expertise to help address the changing nature of PG&E’s business and the challenges it faces now and in the future,” the board said in a statement. Article … [Read more...] about PG&E to shake up board as it responds to California wildfire crisis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Several insurance companies have filed lawsuits blaming Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a deadly California wildfire that destroyed 14,000 homes and triggered billions of dollars in insurance claims. The lawsuits filed by Allstate, State Farm, USAA and their subsidiaries come on top of several other cases filed by victims of the Camp Fire, which devastated the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow north of Sacramento after it started Nov. 8. Investigators have not pinpointed a cause for the fire. But the insurance companies note in their lawsuits that flames ignited near the site of a transmission-line irregularity reported by the utility. They also note a potential second ignition point involving PG&E distribution lines. Under California law, PG&E is held entirely liable if lawyers can prove the fire is linked to the utility's power lines or other equipment — a fact that sent shares of the company tumbling following the start of the fire. … [Read more...] about Insurers sue California utility over wildfire damages