The utility company announced a $13.5B settlement with individual Northern California wildfire victims on Friday. It includes settlements for claims from the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland.
San Jose's mayor says 114 local leaders have signed on for a plan to put PG&E under ratepayers' control.
PG&E says as of December, they are just over 70% done clearing 2,544 miles of overhead electric lines.
The nation's largest utility faced fierce resistance at the court hearing from attorneys representing thousands of wildfire victims, PG&E bondholders who have proposed an alternative plan for salvaging the hobbled company and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The California Public Utilities commission is considering sanctioning Pacific Gas and Electric Co. due to the way the utility giant handled itself during the event. Andre Senior reports.
Regulators faulted PG&E after finding its inspectors did not physically climb and inspect the tower implicated in sparking the deadliest wildfire in state history.
The probation called for PG&E managers and employees to perform 10,000 hours of community service, but San Bruno asked to have the last portion replaced by the wildfire prevention project.
With the recent PG&E outage still fresh, many attendees expressed anger with the utility.
The popular idea would take some serious work. In addition to the billions of dollars it would take to shore up infrastructure, the plan would require approval from state regulators and getting the utility to buy into the plan.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf want to see the utility become customer-owned. Greg Lee reports.
KTVU reached out to each of the Bay Area’s counties to tally their costs and to find how managers decided to divert staff and resources to deal with the outages.
Greg Lee reports.
The utility took an unprecedented step this year, turning off its power to large swaths of customers, as they feared high winds would topple their equipment and start more fire
Wednesday was a chilly night without power for some 6,000 Santa Rosa residents. The public safety power shutoff was curtailed several times, with Pacific Gas & Electric dropping west Sonoma County only hours before it was to go dark.
Representatives from major communications companies in California were blasted for their performance and response to the October public safety power shutoffs.
There is no state law requiring communication companies have power backups in place. People are pushing regulators to change that. Brooks Jarosz reports.
Pacific Gas & Electric says it expects to get the all-clear before dawn Thursday to begin the process of restoring power to more than 100,000 people hit by a planned blackout.
KTVU reporter Tom Vacar explains the steps telecom companies are taking, including utilizing generators, to keep systems running when the power goes out.
Local leaders on Wednesday joined state senator Steve Glazer as he introduced legislation to improve communication during power shutoffs.
Lawmakers wanted answers from Bill Johnson and executives from the state’s other two investor-owned utilities about the shutoffs last month that caused life-saving medication to spoil, businesses to lose money and communications networks to go dark.