Pacific Gas & Electric News

Winds Raise Fire Threat as Power Cuts Feared in California

Almost 32,000 customers could lose power Sunday as dry, gusty winds whip up critical wildfire conditions across almost 6,000 square miles in Southern California, with another 250,000 affected in the northern part of the state later in the week. The …

One Wildfire Metric Threatens to Upend PG&E’s Restructuring Plan

PG&E Corp. investors looking to learn their fate may not get the answer from the bankrupt power company. Instead, the key data point could pop up within days on the website of California’s forestry service. That’s where firefighters are tracking …

Millions in California Face Days in the Dark Even as Winds Slow

Winds are dying down. Utility giant PG&E Corp. has begun inspecting lines. And yet an unprecedented blackout that has taken out power to dozens of cities around San Francisco still threatens to leave millions of people in the dark for …

California Blackout Spreads as Cities Brace for Days in the Dark

The unprecedented power shutdown by California’s PG&E Corp. has spread deeper into cities near San Francisco, ensnaring millions of people and raising the prospect that much of a major metropolitan area could go days without electricity. The bankrupt utility began …

PG&E Faces Fresh Pain as Old Fire Claims Return to Haunt It

Seven months after a state agency absolved PG&E Corp. of blame for a deadly 2017 wildfire, the utility giant faces the potential of billions in new legal liabilities — and it’s unclear how it would pay for them. Despite the …

PG&E Took 8 Months to Prune a Tree at Risk of Catching Fire

It was on July 12 — only after an inspector raised the alarm — that PG&E Corp. finally pruned a tree in a fire-prone area. Its leaves had already been singed as wind gusts blew them into a power line …

Hedge Funds Buy Almost $500 Million in Claims From PG&E Vendors

Bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. owes a lot of money to a lot of businesses. A tree-trimming service. A California car dealership. A laundromat. Construction contractors galore. Now, hedge funds including Olympus Peak Asset Management LP and Whitebox Advisors LLC …

PG&E Says It Will File Reorganization Plan in Less Than a Month

PG&E Corp. says it expects to file its plan for reorganization with the bankruptcy court by Sept. 9 and sees emerging from Chapter 11 protection by May 1, according to a filing Monday. The bankrupt utility says in the filing …

PG&E Posts $2.6 Billion Loss Stemming From Bankruptcy, Wildfires

PG&E Corp., the bankrupt California utility giant, reported a $2.6 billion second-quarter loss and said it expects more charges this year tied to wildfires that devastated the state in 2017 and 2018. The company, which didn’t provide an outlook for …

PG&E Disagrees With WSJ Story Over Power Line Upgrades

PG&E Corp. told a judge it “strongly disagrees” with a Wall Street Journal storysuggesting that the utility knew its equipment near the ignition point of California’s deadliest wildfire badly needed upgrades and nonetheless deferred maintenance. The company’s response, filed Wednesday, …