Wildfires

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
California Utilities Indicate Power Infrastructure Ready for Wildfire Season Begins

California Utilities Indicate Power Infrastructure Ready for Wildfire Season Begins

California’s investor-owned utilities (IOU), whose infrastructure has caused numerous major wildfires in recent years, are prepared for this year’s fire season, including how planned power outages should limit customer impact, executives told regulators. As two fires were raging in Southern California, utility executives in separate hearings over the past week said infrastructure had been hardened…

August 14, 2020
Post-Bankruptcy, PG&E Seeking to Reinvent, Shed Debt

Post-Bankruptcy, PG&E Seeking to Reinvent, Shed Debt

PG&E Corp. and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executives during the second quarter earnings call, the first in 18 months, illustrated the heavy lifting ahead to reduce debt, withstand another wildfire season and complete a reorganization in the aftermath of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Interim CEO Bill Smith during the quarterly call touched on wildfire mitigation…

August 4, 2020
SoCal Edison Confident about Wildfire Readiness, Nagged by Past Uncertainty

SoCal Edison Confident about Wildfire Readiness, Nagged by Past Uncertainty

Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) is facing the current wildfire season with renewed confidence while sweating out the unknowns of the ultimate financial and legal liabilities of separate 2017 and 2018 wildfires in which the utility has been implicated. Parent company Edison International CEO Pedro Pizarro spoke about both sides of the issue during a…

July 29, 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
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