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CA Bill Tackles Costs for Utility-Sparked Fires

CA Bill Tackles Costs for Utility-Sparked Fires”

The legislation is proposed by state Sen.

Hill is joined by state Sens.

"This practice is an outrage", the San Mateo lawmakers said in a statement. The bill would bar public utilities from passing on to consumers any costs associated with their own negligence. CAL FIRE encourages all Californians to be prepared and make sure that they take actions to prevent sparking a new wildfire.

For example, San Diego Gas and Electric Company wants to recover $379 million in costs from the 2007 Witch, Guejito and Rice fires.

About 1,000 firefighters remain on the front lines of five active wildfires, CAL FIRE said Monday morning. In the next week, the stock price of the company that provides electrical service for large areas of Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric, dropped 22 percent.

On Oct. 6, two days before the start of the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in California history, two administrative law judges assigned to oversee the project granted yet another delay at the request of PG&E and other utilities. PG&E said in a document it filed that the proposed decision puts utilities in “an untenable situation.”.

Similarly, PG&E has attempted to lobby the California Public Utilities Commission for a rate hike to pay for costs related to the 2015 Butte Fire, which killed two, burned 70,000 acres and destroyed 921 structures in Calaveras and Amador counties. PG&E told the Securities and Exchange Commission in July that if the application is approved and if claims exceed its liability coverage, it expects to seek CPUC authorization “to recover any excess amounts from customers.”.

As state agencies investigate the cause of the wine country fires that killed 42 people and destroyed almost 9,000 structures, California lawmakers announced plans to introduce legislation to prevent electric utilities found responsible for wildfires from passing the cost of claims and penalties onto consumers.

The cause of the October wildfires is still under investigation.

Gas companies are already prevented from shifting the burden of fines and penalties onto customers as a result of legislation Hill introduced after PG&E's gas pipeline ruptured in 2010 in San Bruno.



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