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California OKs Ownership Transfer in Four Hydroelectric Dams

California OKs Ownership Transfer in Four Hydroelectric Dams

Under a 48-party settlement, California regulators have approved removing four hydroelectric dams in the Lower Klamath River system along the Oregon border. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Power Co.’s request to transfer ownership of the dams to the Klamath River Renewal Corp. Pacific Power parent PacifiCorp reached the settlement with Oregon and…

August 4, 2021
PG&E Equipment Potentially Linked to Raging Dixie Fire

PG&E Equipment Potentially Linked to Raging Dixie Fire

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Sunday told California regulators that its equipment may have been involved in the ignition of the now raging Dixie Fire in part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California. A PG&E field employee reported a blown fuse on PG&E’s Bucks Creek 1101 12-kV overhead distribution circuit,…

July 21, 2021
California’s Edison International Utility Said Ready for Wildfires, Electrification

California’s Edison International Utility Said Ready for Wildfires, Electrification

Acknowledging the risk for another above-average wildfire season, Edison International CEO Pablo Pizarro said recently he was confident the Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) utility was prepared. California avoided the “catastrophic widespread damage” of the 2017 and 2018 fire seasons even with last year’s all-time record acreage scorched, he said during the first quarter conference…

May 4, 2021
SDG&E Outlines Wildfire Preparedness for California Regulators

SDG&E Outlines Wildfire Preparedness for California Regulators

California officials are predicting another difficult wildfire season in California, but San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) CEO Caroline Winn said the combination utility expects that planned outages will unfold smoothly this year.  Winn spoke on Monday during a virtual hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which is hearing how the major…

August 12, 2020
PG&E Equipment Caused 2019 Wildfire, Says California Investigation

PG&E Equipment Caused 2019 Wildfire, Says California Investigation

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) transmission line in the Northern California wine country caused the 77,000-acre Kincade Fire last year, according to an investigation by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Kincade blaze was caused by PG&E’s electrical transmission lines northeast of Geyserville in Sonoma County, according to the investigation. …

July 17, 2020
California Wildfire Advisory Board Issues Guidelines for Next Year

California Wildfire Advisory Board Issues Guidelines for Next Year

Following a mandate in the state’s wildfire relief law, California’s Wildfire Safety Advisory Board has adopted utility guidelines for next year, stressing closer alignment of utility mitigation plans and state oversight authorities. Striving for a “holistic approach” to wildfire mitigation, the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) advisory board action fulfills provisions of a 2019 wildfire…

July 6, 2020
California OKs Microgrid Program for Planned Wildfire-Related Power Outages

California OKs Microgrid Program for Planned Wildfire-Related Power Outages

California regulators last Thursday approved a multi-billion-dollar microgrid program accelerating short-term actions to lessen the impact of planned wildfire preventive grid shutdowns by the state’s major investor-owned utilities (IOUs).

June 15, 2020
PG&E Bankruptcy Plan OK’d by California Regulators, Now Awaiting Court Approval

PG&E Bankruptcy Plan OK’d by California Regulators, Now Awaiting Court Approval

California regulators on Thursday approved with conditions Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) proposed $58 billion bankruptcy reorganization plan, giving the combination utility a clear path to exit Chapter 11 once a federal bankruptcy court approves the proposal.

May 29, 2020
CPUC Approves PG&E’s $1.9B Wildfire Penalty; Delays Safety Assessment

CPUC Approves PG&E’s $1.9B Wildfire Penalty; Delays Safety Assessment

California regulators on Thursday unanimously slapped a $1.9 billion penalty on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) for its role in thehorrific wildfiresthat ravaged Northern California in 2017 and 2018, and separately postponed until the Fall a vote on a long-standing investigation of the San Francisco-based combination utility’s safety culture.

May 8, 2020
California Decarbonization Transition, Reduction in Natural Gas Use Forecast to Take Up to 30 Years

California Decarbonization Transition, Reduction in Natural Gas Use Forecast to Take Up to 30 Years

California regulators are working on a long-term strategy to manage the transition from natural-gas fueled technologies to meet the state’s long-term decarbonization goals.

March 6, 2020
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