Included on the California Public Utilities Commission\u2019s regular agenda for its final 2011 meeting are fire safety requirements for overhead lines, with the more stringent rules for fire-prone Southern California. Regulators are also expected to vote on cost recovery of San Diego Gas & Electric\u2019s liability insurance cost increases in the wake of the disastrous 2007 wildfire that killed 17, destroyed thousands of structures, and burned 780 square miles. \u201cThere is a grave and ongoing risk that Santa Ana windstorms will cause catastrophic power-line fires unless electric utilities in Southern California plan and prepare for such events,\u201d states commissioner Tim Simon\u2019s proposed ruling. His proposal requires utilities in Southern California to conduct annual aerial inspections of power lines in fire-prone regions. Northern California utility inspections are scheduled every two years. It also: -Requires utilities in Southern California to submit fire prevention plans targeting extreme weather events, such as summertime high Santa Ana winds; -Mandates Northern California utilities to issue fire prevention plans for extreme weather events every ten years; and -Directs utilities to manage vegetation on state and local public lands. Also expected to be voted on at the CPUC\u2019s Dec. 15 meeting are two proposals to allow San Diego Gas & Electric to recover from ratepayers its increased fire insurance costs. One proposal would allow SDG&E a $35.3 million increase in its 2008 General Rate Case to cover \u201cunforeseen\u201d increases in its general liability and wildfire insurance costs. A competing proposal would double the amount of liability insurance premiums recovered to $63.3 million During the CPUC\u2019s final meeting of 2010, regulators on a 3-2 vote approved allowing SDG&E to recover $29 million from ratepayers for fire insurance premium hikes after significant wildfires in 2007.