April 17, 2024

wildfire prevention

Edison International
SCE Sees Wildfire Risk Decline as Load Outlook Improves
Independent measures show Southern California Edison has sharply reduced its financial risk from catastrophic wildfires compared with pre-2018 levels, Edison International CEO Pedro Pizarro said.
Pacific Gas and Electric
PG&E Foresees Strong Growth from Electrification, Data Centers
California’s “leadership in electrification” will be a key driver of Pacific Gas and Electric’s expected customer growth over the next five years, CEO Patti Poppe said during an earnings call.
Bureau of Land Management
Washington Renewable Developer Rankled by Siting Board Alterations
The developer of a large and controversial wind and solar farm in southeastern Washington contends the state’s siting body has ordered unscientific changes that make the project unviable.
PG&E Looks to Cut Costs of Undergrounding Lines
Pacific Gas and Electric said burying power lines more shallowly would trim the costs of its $25 billion plan to underground 10,000 miles to prevent wildfires.
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Calif. Agency Seeks to Transform Wildfire Safety Culture
A relatively new state agency works to transform utility wildfire safety culture by shifting away from penalties and enforcement to a learning-based approach.
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Experts Discuss ‘Public’ Part of PSPS
Utilities shared ways to narrow the impact of public safety power shutoffs — and convince customers of the need for them — at the WIEB Wildfire Meeting.
Cal Fire/Butte County District Attorney
PG&E Slow to Replace Old Equipment, Monitor Says
The independent monitor hired by the state to keep tabs on PG&E's safety efforts said aged infrastructure and supply chain delays are impeding fire prevention.
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PG&E Moves to Spin off Generation, Sell Minority Stake
PG&E asked the CPUC to approve a plan that would allow it to sell a stake in a new generation subsidiary, with proceeds to be used to fund capital investment.
U.S. Forest Service
California Auditor Criticizes Wildfire Oversight of IOUs
The California State Auditor criticized the oversight of investor-owned utilities' wildfire safety planning and performance by the CPUC and Energy Safety Office.
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PG&E Rate Request Prompts Protests
PG&E is seeking a 23% electric rate increase in 2023-26 on top of the 19% it received this year, eliciting protests from customers and ratepayer advocates.

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