– Crystal Vagnier – Select Group – Writer/Editor
Legislation was approved and passed by California lawmakers to assist PG&E in paying the billions of dollars in wildfire liabilities from last year’s Northern California’s wine country devastation by allowing higher electricity bills. Currently, utilities in California, whether they’re regulatory compliant or not, are found responsible for fires if damages are traced back to their equipment. This new bill would have regulators to determine liability, if utilities acted reasonably, and how much PG&E can pay before going bankrupt. Bonds can also be sold backed by the bills of customers to cover costs, regardless if the expenses were also due to negligent behavior. State Senator Bill Dodd, co-chair of the conference committee and a Democrat from Napa, has stated this bill is intended to protect ratepayers in case of a utility bankruptcy, helping customers from potentially even larger energy cost increases. Seen by consumer advocates some as a bail-out by allowing utilities to pass the cost of wildfire lawsuits unto their customers, legislation still won bipartisan support.
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