Legislation Aimed At Utility Companies Who's Negligence Results In Wildfires

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Legislation Aimed At Utility Companies Who's Negligence Results In Wildfires

A new piece of state legislation will be introduced during the New Year aimed at utility companies whose negligence results in wildfires.   The bill would specifically prevent electric utilities found culpable in wildfires from passing the costs for claims not covered by insurance, or any related fines or penalties, onto ratepayers.   Of note, the 2015 Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties ignited after a tree fell into a PG&E powerline, and the company was found liable by a judge for property damages caused by the fire.   A press release issued about the new bill states that PG&E is laying the groundwork for an application to recover those Butte Fire related costs from customers. A similar type bill passed the legislature in 2010 banning gas companies from passing along fines and penalties to ratepayers following an explosion from a ruptured pipeline in San Bruno.  

 

Written by KVGC Staff