Less than a month into the California utility’s bankruptcy, various players are trying to shape the company’s future. Here are three big questions facing it.
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Pacific Gas & Electric could shut off power to more than 5 million customers when extreme weather conditions are ripe for wildfires to break out, the company said Wednesday. It’s an expansion of the company’s previous power shutoff program, which only let the company turn off power to about half a million customers.
In a letter sent to the trustee in PG&E’s bankruptcy proceeding today, the Newsom Administration asked the court to ensure that wildfire survivors, PG&E employees, and customers have strong representation inside the bankruptcy courtroom.
Tom Dalzell, business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 — which represents approximately 17,000 PG&E employees and contractors — said the union does not support breaking up and selling the utility or making it city-owned. He said the union opposed San Francisco’s efforts to create a municipal utility in 2001 and 2003,… [Read More]
Following Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s call for the city to purchase PG&E’s equipment, Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced legislation Tuesday to establish a Green New Deal Fund that would create a public utility independent of the monopoly. But the union representing 12,000 PG&E employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, says these options are the wrong… [Read More]
A city takeover of PG&E would complicate, not fix, the energy challenges we face. IBEW union members work at nearly every publicly-owned utility in Central and Northern California — we are in no way opposed to public power. But, let me remind you, the voters of San Francisco have twice rejected the city purchasing and administering… [Read More]
The largest union representing Pacific Gas & Electric employees said a judge’s proposed wildfire prevention plan is impossible to implement, citing its costs and inadequate staffing.
Federal energy regulators said on Friday they had joint jurisdiction with a bankruptcy court over any requests by California utility PG&E Corp, which is preparing to file for bankruptcy, to cancel or renegotiate power contracts.
After an extensive and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined the Tubbs Fire, which occurred during the October 2017 Fire Siege, was caused by a private electrical system adjacent to a residential structure. CAL FIRE investigators did not identify any violations of state law, Public Resources Code, related to the cause of this fire.