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PG&E says it has reached $13.5 billion wildfire settlement

Dec. 7, 2019 1:16 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric announced Friday it has reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the deadly, devastating Northern California wildfires of 2017-2018 that were blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence. The utility says the deal,...

PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Nov. 19, 2019 10:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to about 375,000 people...

The Latest: CEO says PG&E got complacent about power outages

Nov. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has told a California legislative committee that the utility became complacent about power shutdowns after...

PG&E falls into deeper hole in 3Q with $1.6 billion loss

Nov. 7, 2019 4:43 PM EST

Pacific Gas & Electric reported another huge loss on Thursday as the fallout from catastrophic wildfires blamed on its outdated transmission lines drive the bankrupt utility into a deeper hole. The company estimated it's facing a bill of more than $6 billion this year alone to pay for devastating fires in...

California utility meets with governor amid bankruptcy case

Nov. 5, 2019 5:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor called the chief executive of a troubled utility to his office on Tuesday for a closed-door meeting as the company struggles to emerge from a high-profile bankruptcy while facing criticism for its practice of shutting off power for millions of people to...

Anger grows as utility struggles to get its blackouts right

Oct. 31, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Pacific Gas & Electric deliberately shut off power to homes and businesses to prevent wildfires, it has failed to communicate with California officials, given conflicting accounts about when the lights would go out and advised people to get information "the old-fashioned way,...

The Latest: California winds may have claimed 3 lives

Oct. 30, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on planned power outages to prevent California wildfires (all times local): 10:15 p.m. California winds that have fueled wildfires at both ends of the state and prompted mass power shutdowns may also have claimed three lives. KSEE-TV in Fresno reports 62-year old Edward...

Anger mounts as utility imposes more blackouts in California

Oct. 29, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — With no electricity for the fourth straight day Tuesday, chef and caterer Jane Sykes realized she would have to throw out $1,000 worth of food, including trays of brownies, cupcakes and puff pastry. She also had little hope of getting a good night's sleep — there was no way...

California utility begins another blackout amid fire fears

Oct. 23, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state's largest utility began another widespread blackout Wednesday that could affect hundreds of thousands of people as dangerous fire weather returns to California. The Santa Rosa Fire Department tweeted that shutoffs had started in the city and it was getting multiple reports of...

California braces for possible round 2 of outages

Oct. 23, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric Company said it would begin precautionary power shutoffs Wednesday...