The cost to ratepayers and how soon fire protections will be in place are key concerns for lawmakers reviewing new billion dollar-plus wildfire plans submitted by the private utilities. The three utility 2020 prevention plans will raise rates, but there’s currently no way to figure out how much, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) said during a
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.