Pacific Gas & Electric News

Millions in Northern, Central California Lose Electricity to Mitigate Wildfire Risks

California utility giant PG&E Corp. expanded the biggest blackout that has ever been orchestrated to prevent wildfires with a second round of shutoffs in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The company told reporters late Wednesday that it had begun the second …

PG&E Could Cut Power to Hundreds of Thousands of Californians over Wildfire Fears

Pacific Gas & Electric officials on Tuesday announced plans to cut off power to some 600,000 Northern California customers as a wildfire safety precaution. The outages are expected to begin early Wednesday depending on local timing of the severe wind …

Death Toll from Northern California Wildfire Back Down to 85

The number of those who died in California’s deadliest wildfire is back down to 85 after authorities determined that a bone fragment previously classified as unidentified belongs to a victim named in January. The Butte County Sheriff’s office said that …

PG&E Cuts Power to 48K California Customers to Avert Wildfire Risk

Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to 48,200 customers in seven counties in California’s Sierra Foothills and North Bay overnight because of high fire danger. The majority of those affected by the power outage, which took place around 2 a.m. …

PG&E in California Proactively Cuts Power Because of Weather

Pacific Gas & Electric implemented a controversial practice of cutting power to selected portions of Northern California on Saturday to guard against wildfires as the weather turned very windy, dry and hot. Electricity was turned off around 6 a.m. to …

Judge Tells PG&E’s Board to Tour Wildfire-Ravaged California Town

A federal judge has ordered board members of Pacific Gas & Electric to tour the Northern California town of Paradise, which was leveled by a wildfire that may have been caused by the utility’s equipment. The judge ordered the tour …

Bankruptcy Won’t End Problem PG&E Must Still Deal With: Wildfires

Big corporations forced into bankruptcy by liability lawsuits often take the offending product off the market and try to move on. That’s what happened with the Dalkon Shield birth control device, asbestos and silicone breast implants. But when the nation’s …

PG&E in California Secures $5.5B in Credit and Loans to Operate During Bankruptcy

The nation’s largest utility has lined up $5.5 billion in credit and loans so it can continue operating as it prepares for bankruptcy. Pacific Gas & Electric said in a regulatory filing Tuesday it secured commitments from JPMorgan Chase, Bank …

Judge Wants PG&E Power Restrictions for Next California Wildfire Season

A U.S. judge has proposed restricting utility PG&E Corp from using power lines deemed to be unsafe during high winds in the 2019 California fire season, adding another complication for the California utility as it faces billions of dollars in …

California to Cite Utilities More than $13M for Safety Violations

California regulators have fined two utilities more than $13 million for violations of safety rules for incidents that caused injuries. The Public Utilities Commission hit Southern California Edison with an $8 million citation for a downed power line that was …