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Officials: Email Delays Key Vote On PG&E’s Bankruptcy Plan

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators unexpectedly delayed a key vote Thursday on Pacific Gas and Electric’s plan for getting out of bankruptcy after saying one of the utility’s most outspoken critics sent an improper email attacking the company’s proposal to pay wildfire victims. California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer was irked by the need to postpone the vote because of the email sent Tuesday by Will Abrams, a survivor of a 2017 wildfire that tore through...
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PG&E’s Bankruptcy Plan Wins Support From Wildfire Victims

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan for getting out of bankruptcy has won overwhelming support from the victims of deadly Northern California wildfires ignited by the utility’s fraying electrical grid, despite concerns that they will be shortchanged by a $13.5 billion fund that’s supposed to cover their losses. The company announced the preliminary results of the vote on Monday without providing a specific tally. Those numbers are supposed to be filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge...
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Regulators Waive $200M Fine On PG&E For Causing Deadly Fires

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday suspended a $200 million fine that Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to pay as punishment for the utility’s neglect of electrical equipment that ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California. The waiver approved in a unanimous vote by California’s Public Utilities Commission will deprive the state coffers of money that could offset revenue expected to be lost as the coronavirus pandemic depletes funds coming from sales and...
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PG&E’s Top Exec To End Short Stint At Beleaguered Utility

BERKELEY (AP) – PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson will step down from his job just 14 months after the nation’s largest utility hired him to rescue it from a financial mess caused by a history of negligence and to change a corporate culture that emphasized profits over safety, the company announced Wednesday. Johnson’s June 30 retirement was not expected, but it did not come as a surprise as PG&E tries to emerge from a bankruptcy triggered by deadly 2017 and 2018 wildfires ignited by its decaying elec...
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PG&E’s Bankruptcy Plan Strides Toward Approval In California

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are being advised to approve Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility’s past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high electricity rates. If approved, a proposed decision issued Monday by Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen will enable PG&E to clear another key hurdle in its frantic race to end one of the most complex bankruptcy ...
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PG&E: Wildfire Victims Backing Bankruptcy Plan So Far

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A Pacific Gas & Electric lawyer told a federal judge that the beleaguered company’s plan for getting out of bankruptcy is winning support from the victims of Northern California wildfires ignited by the utility’s crumbling equipment, despite concerns they will be shortchanged in a $13.5 billion settlement. The disclosure made Thursday by PG&E lawyer Kevin Orsini is an early indication that PG&E is thwarting an attempt to pressure the San Francisco company into revising a ...
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Judge OKs PG&E Plan To Pay $19M In Fees From Victims Fund

BERKELEY Calif. (AP) — The Northern California victims of catastrophic wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric’s decaying electrical grid will have at least $19 million siphoned way from a $13.5 billion fund for their losses to cover administrative costs. A bankruptcy judge said he would approve drawing from the victims’ fund as part of a plan reviewed Tuesday during a court hearing. The decision came after PG&E and a committee representing the victims struck an accord on a $21.8 million budg...
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Another Member Of Fire Panel Resigns, Criticizes PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The former chief financial officer for the Northern California city destroyed in 2018 by the devastating Camp Fire caused by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment is trying to upend the utility’s plan for getting out of bankruptcy because she believes the company is shortchanging the people devastated by its misconduct. Karin Gowins, the former comptroller for Paradise, told The Associated Press Friday that she resigned from the bankruptcy committee overseeing the claims of wi...
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PG&E Drops Plan To Pay Camp Fire Fine From $13.5B Fund For Wildfire Victims

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – PG&E announced in San Francisco Monday that it has given up a controversial plan to pay a $4 million criminal fine to Butte County out of a proposed $13.5 billion trust to compensate wildfire victims. Instead, the utility said, the criminal penalty for causing 84 deaths in the 2018 Camp Fire will paid from the interest on a different fund that is also part of PG&E’s proposal for exiting from bankruptcy court protection. That fund is an $11 billion settlement to compensat...
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PG&E To Use Wildfire Victims Fund To Pay For Past Crimes

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is warning its elaborate plan for getting out of bankruptcy might collapse if the utility can’t pay for its crimes in a deadly Northern California wildfire by taking money away from a fund set up to compensate thousands of victims for their losses. The latest twist in an already complicated saga emerged this week after PG&E disclosed it will plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for neglecting to properly maintain equipment th...
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PG&E’s Falling Stock Price Worries Wildfire Victims Eyeing Deal

BERKELEY (AP) – The stock market turmoil triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is raising worries that Pacific Gas & Electric’s $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic wildfires may be worth far less by the time the beleaguered company emerges from bankruptcy. A lawyer who represents more than 81,000 wildfire victims flagged the escalating concerns during a Wednesday court hearing held by conference call. Attorney Robert Julian told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali that the sto...
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PG&E to plead guilty to 85 counts in 2018 Camp Fire and pay victims $13.5 billion, court filings show

California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company has agreed to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire, according to court documents filed Monday.
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PG&E to plead guilty 85 counts in 2018 Camp Fire and pay victims $13.5 billion

California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company has agreed to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire, according to court documents filed Monday.
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PG&E to plead guilty 85 counts in 2018 Camp Fire and pay victims $13.5 billion, court filings show

California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company has agreed to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire, according to court documents filed Monday.
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PG&E to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for causing 2018's Camp Fire

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for causing the 2018 Camp Fire.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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PG&E Agrees To Plead Guilty To 84 Counts Of Involuntary Manslaughter For Camp Fire Deaths

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13) — Pacific Gas & Electric announced a proposed settlement with Butte County on Monday over the deadly 2018 Camp Fire. The settlement would mean the utility will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting a fire. PG&E said the plea deal will resolve all state charges related to the deadly fire, which investigators found was triggered by the utility’s faulty equipment. The utility also agreed to pay the maximum of approximately $...
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“Please help!”: Elderly Man Trapped In Snow For 5 Days Rescued By PG&E Workers

CALAVERAS COUNTY (CBS13) – Two PG&E workers rescued an elderly man who was trapped in his home in Calaveras County for five days due to snow. Stockon-based PG&E troublemen Adam Gossett and Ean Collins were in the area of Big Trees Village near Arnold working on restoring power impacted by a heavy storm when they said they heard a faint scream coming from a nearby home covered almost completely in snow, the utility said in a news release. “He was saying ‘Help me’ and ‘I’m hungry,’ so we grabbed o...
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PG&E: Fewer Than 8,000 Northern California Customers Still Without Power Due To Snowstorm

NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) – PG&E said fewer than 8,000 people are still without power due to a heavy snowstorm across Northern California. The utility said on Friday morning that the affected customers are primarily in Nevada, El Dorado, Placer, Sierra and Calaveras counties and that power for most is expected to be restored by Sunday. “We know that some customers have been without power for some time,” PG&E said in an update. “We understand the hardship of this situation and want those customers to...
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Nevada City Couple Says They’ve Been Without Power For 5 Days Due To Down Power Line

NEVADA CITY (CBS13) – A group of seniors in Nevada City say they’ve been without power for nearly a week, all while they are self-isolating. John Brackett, 68, said snow dumped at his Nevada City home. CBS13 spoke to Brackett over the phone as he and his wife Lori are self-isolating because of the coronavirus. “It’s like camping, but you’re not doing it for fun,” Brackett said. But John, Lori and 11 of their senior neighbors, who Brackett said are in the 70s and 80s, are doing it without power. ...
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Court Approves PG&E’s $23B Bankruptcy Financing Package

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Monday won court approval to raise $23 billion to help pay its bills over destructive California wildfires after Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped his opposition to a financing package designed to help the nation’s largest utility get out of bankruptcy. The milestone reached during an unusual court hearing held by phone moves PG&E closer to its goal of emerging from one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history by June 30. Newsom has said he f...
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PG&E Says It Has Settled One Battle Involving Wildfire Fund

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric told a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday that it has settled a dispute with disaster-relief agencies that threatened to siphon money away from a $13.5 billion fund earmarked for victims of catastrophic wildfires in California caused by the nation’s largest utility. The resolution disclosed by a PG&E lawyer during a court hearing in San Francisco could remove a major stumbling block as the company scrambles to meet a June 30 deadline to emerge from bankr...
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PG&E Says It Can’t Commit To Expanding Tree-Trimming Force

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers for Pacific Gas & Electric said the utility can’t commit to hiring hundreds more tree trimmers in the way that a federal judge wants to cut the risk of starting more catastrophic wildfires in California. U.S. District Judge William Alsap ordered the utility last month to add at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to help prevent trees and branches from falling onto its power lines and igniting. The judge is overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation imposed after its natural ga...
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$2.1 Billion Penalty Against PG&E For 2017-18 Wildfires

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The California Public Utilities Commission has imposed $2.1 billion in penalties against PG&E for its role in the devastating 2017 and 2018 wildfires. That’s the largest penalty ever assessed by the CPUC and it includes a $200 million payment earmarked for the people who lost family and property in catastrophic wildfires. The utility would also be liable for penalties consisting of $1.823 billion in disallowances for wildfire-related expenditures — shareholders will pay the ...
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California Wildfire Victims Fear They’ll Be Last In Payout

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California’s catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the pie. More than 81,000 have filed claims to the settlement fund, setting the stage for a potential scrum as Pacific...
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PG&E CEO Blames Past Management For Problems, Promises Fixes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson blamed negligence by the company’s past management for a cascade of catastrophes that killed nearly 140 people as he tried to persuade California regulators Tuesday that he is steering the utility to make safety its top priority. Johnson, who was brought in to lead the company 10 months ago, delivered his remarks as the first witness in critical California Public Utilities Commission hearings that will help shape Pacific Gas & Electric as it tries...
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Judge Rips PG&E For Poor Safety Record Leading To Wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday, saying its executives have put greed before safety and telling the utility that has been blamed for huge California wildfires in recent years that it should plan to have at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to reduce the chances of causing even more devastation. “I am going to do everything I can to protect this state from more death and destruction from this convicted felon,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup said o...
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New Bernie Sanders Ad Takes Shot At PG&E Weeks Before California Primary

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Senator and Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Bernie Sanders is out with a new video it takes aim at PG&E a few weeks before the California primary. The three-minute video released on Sanders’ Youtube channel on Thursday features images of devastation from recent wildfires – including the 2017 Nuns Fire and 2018 Camp Fire – that are blamed on PG&E equipment. Sanders does not speak in the video, but the clip appears to be endorsing California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call...
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California Governor Gavin Newsom Wants To Grill PG&E About Financing Plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy faced another threat from California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a Tuesday court hearing that set the stage for a potentially dramatic showdown later this month. Newsom’s lawyers told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali they want to grill PG&E about the company’s plans to borrow billions of dollars and sell more stock to help pay the $13.5 billion owed to more than 75,000 victims of catastrophic wildfires ignited by the u...
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Utility Wildfire Prevention Plans Call For More Blackouts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California utilities plan to continue shutting off power to customers during dry and windy conditions to prevent sparking deadly wildfires, but they aim to make outages more targeted to avoid widespread blackouts, according to plans filed Friday with the state. Plans by the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities said wildfire mitigation plans would build on efforts made last year to reduce the risk their equipment would cause deadly infernos. The thrust of the plans is...
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Victims: PG&E Still Has Rickety Power Line Near Paradise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric is still operating a rickety power line near the one that ignited a 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California city of Paradise and killed 85 people, according to an expert inspection conducted as part of a legal claim. In an inspection just two months ago, an expert hired by the wildfire victims’ attorneys found a power line with rusty equipment and some parts apparently held in place by electrical tape. The potential hazards were spotted al...
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