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PG&E Hit with Another Safety Violation Fine

The California Public Utilities Commission slapped a $7.5 million fine on Pacific Gas & Electric for failing to conduct much needed repairs on transmission lines and distribution poles.

The penalty includes a $5 million citation for not completing more than 20 identified “high priority repairs,” and inadequate inspections over a decade of the Ignacio-Alto-Sausalito transmission […]

November 23, 2021|

Guest Editorial: Diablo Canyon is Done

Released with much fanfare, no doubt given the attention focused on the Climate COP 26 summit, was last week’s study from a Stanford and MIT team finding that keeping the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant online at least a decade past its closure date would produce huge dollar and greenhouse gas savings.

The problem […]

November 18, 2021|

Federal Court Finalizes $10M in PG&E Investor Class Action

A federal judge has given final approval to the $10 million settlement among Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, its top officers, and investors for misrepresenting the impact of the wildfires the utility sparked between 2015 and 2018, the widespread shutoffs, and inadequacy of its mitigation measures, all of which drove down the company’s stock. […]

November 8, 2021|

More Gas to be Stored Under Pressure at Aliso Canyon Field

The California Public Utilities Commission voted to increase the amount of natural gas Southern California Gas keeps underground at its Aliso Canyon storage field in Los Angeles County by 7 billion cubic feet. On a 4-0 vote cast Nov. 4, regulators approved raising storage levels from 34 Bcf to 41.6 Bcf for up to […]

November 4, 2021|

Utility Regulators Okay PG&E’s $5B Fire Reduction Plan

Over strong opposition from community activists and those harmed by utility-sparked wildfires, regulators unanimously approved the newest blueprint from Pacific Gas & Electric aimed at addressing wildfire risk reduction. Opponents called for the California Public Utilities Commission to reject the plan and increase its oversight and enforcement of PG&E. Yet the document met with […]

October 21, 2021|

Five Counties Sue PG&E Over Dixie Fire

Pacific Gas & Electric has been hit with another lawsuit, this one filed by five counties harmed by the massive Dixie Fire. It appears likely PG&E equipment sparked the fire that torched 963,000 acres of land, a footprint larger than Rhode Island, killed one person, and destroyed 1,329 buildings.

“These counties have been ravaged by […]

October 21, 2021|
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