Pacific Gas & Electric is facing a $20 million penalty payable by shareholders for communication screwups during massive so-called public safety outages in 2019. That includes the company failing to notify more than 50,000 customers–including people dependent on electric medical devices–that they were going to lose power. The California Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge’s
Elizabeth McCarthy is Managing Editor and publisher. She co-founded California Current in 2002 after covering energy and water since the early 1990s. She’s reported on a wide variety of topics—from environment to dance—for various publications and organizations near and far. That includes Canary Media, the World Health Organization, Agence France Presse, Harvard University’s Nieman Reports, Oakland Magazine, New Scientist, Sacramento Business Journal and Sacramento News & Review. She was BNA’s Irish correspondent, covering myriad issues—from wave energy to European Union directives. She also worked in Nippon Telegraph & Telephone’s International Legal Office in Tokyo, Japan.