The California PUC awarded Pacific Gas and Electric more than $1 billion in wildfire mitigation costs despite opposition from its own Public Advocates Office.
Forest experts speaking at a WIEB conference offered attendees a seemingly paradoxical message about how the West can best prevent catastrophic wildfires.
The CPUC released PG&E from its enhanced oversight and enforcement process after the utility met its 2021 tree clearing goals on its highest fire risk lines.
PG&E and Northern California prosecutors agreed to settle last summer's 1-million-acre Dixie Fire and the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County for $55 million.
PG&E ended five years of probation, but the judge in charge of the case said the utility remains a danger to Californians in high fire-threat areas.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said its investigation had determined that a tree hitting a PG&E line started the massive Dixie Fire.
Cal Fire concluded that a tree falling on a PG&E power line started the Dixie Fire, potentially affecting PG&E's bid to exit federal probation Jan. 25.
PG&E could face additional oversight and enforcement if it fails to meet new safety metrics adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission.
PG&E said in its Q3 report that it expects a $1.15 billion loss from the massive Dixie Fire this summer and has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors.
Four manslaughter charges against PG&E in the 2020 Zogg Fire followed the first lawsuit against the utility for starting the still-burning Dixie Fire.
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