California Public Utilities Commission News

California’s Fire ‘Bailout’ for PG&E, Edison Clears Hurdle

Utility giants PG&E Corp. and Edison International are one step closer to getting California’s help in covering the costs of increasingly catastrophic wildfires that their equipment keeps igniting. The state Senate passed a bill late Monday that would create a …

California Regulator Considers Penalty Against PG&E for 2017 Wildfires

California utilities regulator has opened a case to evaluate and consider penalties against power and gas utility PG&E Corp for its involvement in the fierce wildfires that killed 46 people in Northern California’s wine country in 2017. The proceeding will …

Biggest U.S. Gas Leak Followed Years of Problems, State Says

The worst natural gas leak in U.S. history, which broke out at a Sempra Energy storage field near Los Angeles almost four years ago, was caused by corrosion, according to a report commissioned by California regulators. The rupture of a …

California Lawmakers Eyeing Catastrophic Wildfire Fund

Creation of a catastrophic wildfire risk pool is emerging as the most likely option as California lawmakers seek to protect the solvency of investor-owned utilities from record payouts for fire damages. PG&E filed for a bankruptcy reorganization this year, saying …

Agency Cuts California Limo Company Fine by 75% in Fatal Fire

A California commission responsible for transportation safety has reduced the fine it levied against a limousine company involved in a fire that killed five passengers from $20,000 to $5,000, a news organization reported Thursday. The 75 percent reduction resulted from …