Wildfires

PG&E Safety Monitor OK’d by California Regulators

PG&E Safety Monitor OK’d by California Regulators

To strengthen its oversight of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) safety performance, California regulators have established an independent safety monitor to help shape daily operations. PG&E is under scrutiny for its potential role in causing several North California wildfires, including the Dixie fire, considered the second largest in state history.  “We welcome the additional…

August 18, 2021
Cooler Weather Forecast, Persistently Softer LNG Volumes Send Natural Gas Futures Prices Tumbling

Cooler Weather Forecast, Persistently Softer LNG Volumes Send Natural Gas Futures Prices Tumbling

After another run toward $4.200/MMBtu last week, natural gas futures took a nosedive on Monday as long-range weather forecasts continued to cool while liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand remained well off recent highs. The September Nymex gas futures contract settled at $4.060, off 8.0 cents from Friday’s close. October dropped 7.9 cents to $4.075. Spot…

August 9, 2021
PG&E Attempting to Dig Out from Wildfire-Related Charges, Reports $1B in Losses from Previous Blazes

PG&E Attempting to Dig Out from Wildfire-Related Charges, Reports $1B in Losses from Previous Blazes

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. Speaking on a 2Q2021 earnings…

August 2, 2021
California Using Energy Reliability Options to Cut Wildfire Risks to Power Grid

California Using Energy Reliability Options to Cut Wildfire Risks to Power Grid

The size of California’s wildfires doubled year/year in 2020, so state officials are throwing technology enhancements at the seasonal challenge through the utilities, grid operators and energy planners. “One of the biggest lessons we have learned is how unpredictable fire dangers and climate both are, and we’re still grappling somewhat with how to prepare for…

June 21, 2021
California Cracking Down on 2019 Utility Wildfire Outages

California Cracking Down on 2019 Utility Wildfire Outages

California regulators on Thursday ordered financial penalties and corrective actions against the state’s major investor-owned electric utilities for failing to meet guidelines in 2019 when using planned power outages as a means of reducing the risk of wildfires caused by utility equipment. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), and San…

June 7, 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
After Years of Turmoil, PG&E Looks to New Playbook

After Years of Turmoil, PG&E Looks to New Playbook

Although still under sporadic criticism from regulators, legislators and customers, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and parent company PG&E Corp. are developing a new playbook, including updated wildfire mitigation plans. CEO Patricia Poppe during a fourth quarter conference call Thursday said the mitigation plans were moving to risk-based from activity-based. They would address the…

February 26, 2021
SoCal Edison Power Line Possibly Sparks California’s Silverardo Wildfire

SoCal Edison Power Line Possibly Sparks California’s Silverardo Wildfire

A Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) power line may have been involved in the start of a wildfire raging in a foothills portion of Orange County, officials at parent company Edison International (EI) said Tuesday. SCE earlier this week told state regulators the 11,000-acre Silverado Fire in Orange County was 5% contained, and there “was…

October 29, 2020
PG&E Says It May Have Been Involved in Yet Another Wildfire

PG&E Says It May Have Been Involved in Yet Another Wildfire

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) once again has reported to California authorities that its distribution equipment in the far north remote Shasta County may have been involved in the Zogg Fire that has consumed more than 56,000 acres before being 99% contained on Monday.  The utility’s equipment has been traced to at least eight…

October 13, 2020
California Boosts RNG, Improves Wildfire Protection

California Boosts RNG, Improves Wildfire Protection

California Gov. Gavin Newsom last month signed legislation to turn the biomass from forest waste and dead trees into renewable natural gas (RNG). According to the California Forestry and Fire Protection Department, aka CalFIRE, the state has nearly 150 million dead trees. Studies have pinpointed sources throughout the nation for producing RNG, including woody forest…

October 6, 2020
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