The Buzz

14 Mar 2019

Southern California Edison equipment ignited the deadly Thomas Fire in 2017 in Ventura County, investigators find. Edison, however, maintains there were two separate points of ignition and it may not be responsible for both.

California’s chief utility regulator tells lawmakers that the California Public Utilities Commission lacks expertise and capacity in utility fire safety regulation and enforcement although its responsible for enforcing state standards.

Meanwhile, the CPUC is wading through ideas about how it might change Pacific Gas & Electric’s governance and structure to make the utility safer.

PG&E’s bankruptcy case could take years to resolve, this week’s Juice column finds.

Gov. Gavin Newsom hints he plans to appoint new leadership at the CPUC and make other changes.

In an innovative move, the California Energy Commission approves a battery facility that would provide the initial power to help the Bay area recover from any widespread blackouts.

The Energy Commission also kicks off a new study to better assess the need for electric vehicle charging infrastructure to help the state meet its goal of having 5 million EVs on the road by 2030.

—The Editors

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