‘Blackout blackmail’ or last resort? PG&E defends Northern California power cut

“The utility defended its actions, however, saying the high winds did damage some of its power lines. “Crews found multiple instances where equipment was potentially damaged during the recent weather event,” said Brandi Merlo, a spokeswoman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Merlo couldn’t provide any specific information about the damage. PG&E shut off power…

California approves bill to limit utility liability for wildfires, but not CAISO expansion

“Without fully addressing inverse condemnation, SB 901 still addresses IOU exposure to wildfire damage liability in eight provisions, ClearView Energy Partners LLC noted, including: creating conditions that would allow IOUs to file with the CPUC and recover some costs retroactively (from the 2017 wildfires); establishing a new standard for determining “just and reasonable” costs that…
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