Facing new criminal charges for its alleged involvement in a massive 2020 wildfire, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) CEO Patti Poppe said the combination utility is making “profound changes,” such as burying its power lines to significantly lower the risks of future fires for both California and the company.

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Speaking on a 2Q2021 earnings conference call Thursday, Poppe reported that PG&E continued to reverse its losses from last year and is currently dealing with the Dixie Fire in two counties, for which the utility again has indicated its equipment may have been involved in the start of the fire that has burned more than 220,000 acres since July 13.

On Friday, the Shasta County District Attorney filed criminal charges against PG&E for its involvement in last year’s...