PG&E IS BAD NEWS
Bankruptcy Judge Allows PG&E To Pay Out $235 Million In Bonuses For 2019
CBS SF Bay Area | April 23, 2019
A federal bankruptcy judge in San Francisco on Tuesday approved a plan by PG&E Co. to pay up to 10,000 employees $235 million in bonuses for their work in 2019.
Close to Home: California needs to commit to wildfire safety and victims
The Press Democrat | March 30, 2019
Your home burns down, but you’re still required to make mortgage payments on the house that was destroyed. You’re renting a place to live while you wait for the insurance settlement to be completed, but rents are skyrocketing and the “alternative living benefits” your insurance company provides for two years will soon come to an end.
PG&E customers would pay some Wine Country fire costs under bond proposal
San Francisco Chronicle | July 9, 2018
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could use state-authorized bonds to settle Wine Country wildfire lawsuits costing billions of dollars, under newly amended legislation in Sacramento.
Editorial: After fires, an unseemly rush to rescue PG&E
San Francisco Chronicle | July 5, 2018
With new blazes burning across Northern California and more than a dozen of last year’s wildfires freshly blamed on Pacific Gas and Electric Co., it’s an awkward time to consider pardoning power companies that start fires. And yet that seems to be what the governor and lawmakers are determined to do.
Editorial | Be careful, Legislature: Utilities must be responsible for mistakes
The San Diego Union-Tribune | June 18, 2018
The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board has vigorously opposed efforts to make ratepayers pay for mistakes made by California’s three giant investor-owned utilities. Giving electricity providers an incentive to cut corners on safety is an awful idea. This is why it was a relief to see the California Public Utilities Commission decide in November to reject San Diego Gas & Electric’s bid to have its customers pay the $379 million in uncovered costs left from three 2007 deadly wildfires in San Diego County that were sparked by the utility’s power lines.
PG&E shouldn’t get a bailout
San Francisco Chronicle | June 12, 2018
The latest damning revelations about Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s role in a dozen Wine Country wildfires should extinguish any attempt to preemptively pardon the company. With every completed fire investigation pointing to PG&E equipment, and criminal probes proceeding in two-thirds of them, the lobbying to limit the company’s liability looks even more inappropriate than it did before.
Cal Fire blames PG&E for multiple North Bay wildfires
The Mercury News | June 8, 2018
In an announcement that rocked the state’s largest utility, PG&E was found to be involved in causing multiple fatal fires that were part of the devastating Wine Country infernos in October, government investigators said Friday.
Do not let PG&E, other utilities off the hook for wildfires
Sacramento Bee | June 28, 2018
Utilities have the legal right to place poles and power lines in our backyards, but only because they also have the legal responsibility to keep their equipment from burning down our homes. And if that happens, they’re legally bound to compensate for the loss.
PG&E cited for late maintenance work more often than other state utilities
San Francisco Chronicle | October 24, 2017
California regulators auditing Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s work in the field cited the company for late repairs and maintenance jobs far more frequently than any other electric utility in the state, according to documents made public in the wake of this month’s deadly Wine Country fires.
After losing home in wildfires, veteran lobbyist battles PG&E
San Francisco Chronicle | May 13, 2018
Since last year’s Wine Country fires, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been pushing hard in Sacramento for legislation to protect utility companies from full liability in case their wires accidentally spark a blaze.
If PG&E started the wine country fires, they should pay. Don’t blame climate change.
The Sacramento Bee | April 12, 2018
My wife and I almost died in last year’s wine country fire. Like our neighbors, we lost nearly everything we owned in the blaze. More than 6,000 homes were destroyed, 44 people died and more than 200,000 acres were scorched, causing billions of dollars in damage. Now all of us who suffered are about to get burned again if PG&E gets its way at the Capitol.
PG&E seeks relief from fire liability
Calaveras Enterprise | Apr 5, 2018
Court rulings have confirmed that the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was responsible for the 2015 Butte Fire and should be required to pay all damages resulting from that catastrophe, possibly including punitive damages as well. After more recent fire seasons, there have been allegations that PG&E may have at least some responsibility for fires that brought even greater devastation in more populous coastal areas of Northern and Southern California.
PG&E power lines linked to Wine Country fires
The Mercury News | October 10, 2017
As the first reports came in Sunday night of numerous fires that would grow into one of the most destructive wildfire disasters in California history, emergency dispatchers in Sonoma County received multiple calls of power lines falling down and electrical transformers exploding.
PG&E power lines explored as possible cause of Wine Country fires
SFGATE | October 12, 2017
The causes of the fires ripping through Wine Country and beyond have not been determined, but investigators are looking into reports that strong winds knocked down numerous Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines between 9:20 and 10 p.m. on Sunday, about the time that some of the most damaging fires broke out in Napa and Sonoma counties, officials said Wednesday.
Editorial: Did fires start at PG&E lines?
San Francisco Chronicle | October 19, 2017
Confronted by two state investigations, a roiling stock price and circling lawyers, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is facing its deepest crisis ever. Its wind-whipped power lines, stretching through miles of North Bay backcountry, may be the cause of one of California’s worst wildfires, blamed for at least 42 deaths and 5,200 lost homes.
After fires, Senator says PG&E might need to be dissolved
abc30 Action News | October 19, 2017
State Senator Jerry Hill (D-Redwood City) wants PG&E to hold onto any and all records that may be pertinent in the Northern California fires investigation.
California fire officials are investigating downed power lines and other utility equipment as possible causes of massive wildfires that have burned in eight counties and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and buildings.
California utility under scrutiny in wildfire investigation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 26, 2018
The California Public Utilities Commission has begun an investigation into whether Pacific Gas and Electric’s maintenance of its power infrastructure in Sonoma and Napa counties may have played a role in the deadly fires in those regions.
PG&E guilty in 1994 Sierra blaze, 739 counts of negligence for not trimming trees
SFGATE | June 20, 1997
A Nevada County jury found Pacific Gas and Electric Co. guilty yesterday of a pattern of tree-trimming violations that sparked a devastating 1994 wildfire in the Sierra.
PROFIT Before SAFETY
PG&E diverted safety money for profit, bonuses
SFGATE | January 13, 2012
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. diverted more than $100 million in gas safety and operations money collected from customers over a 15-year period and spent it for other purposes, including profit for stockholders and bonuses for executives, according to a pair of state-ordered reports released Thursday.
Funds for safety went to utility execs’ pay instead, PUC president says
Los Angeles Times | March 25, 2015
Money collected from ratepayers and earmarked for pipeline safety was instead spent on executive pay raises by the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., in the months before a deadly pipeline explosion in 2010, lawmakers were told Wednesday.
Wine County fires: PG&E often diverts money for undergrounding power lines
San Francisco Chronicle | March 9, 2018
As the North Bay rebuilds from October’s deadly wildfires, many residents would like to see more power lines buried underground, where raging windstorms can’t touch them.
But Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has a history of doing less of this work, year by year, than city officials and state regulators want. Instead, money earmarked for “undergrounding” power lines often gets diverted to other uses.
PG&E shorted gas-system safety, audit finds
Consumer Federation of California | June 5, 2013
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. failed to spend more than $50 million intended to improve the natural-gas lines that run through residential neighborhoods in the decade leading up to the San Bruno explosion, and the company has not done enough since the 2010 disaster to make up for shortchanging safety efforts, a state-ordered audit says.