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Extreme wildfires spark need for more robust asset maintenance

Asset maintenance and grid resilience have never been more topical, as extreme weather events occur more frequently pushing the limits of utility preparedness.
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Ed’s note: Disasters are real, are you ready?

Research from Stanford proposes that each fire season will be drier, hotter, windier and subject to the conditions that will make fires more numerous. Editor Claire Volkwyn wonders how risk mitigation impacts utilities.
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PG&E to plead guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter for 2018 fires

The utility announced it had reached a plea agreement with the Butte County District Attorney’s office, saving PG&E executives from prison sentences, but with a $4 million fine imposed.
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PG&E wants 20 microgrids ahead of 2020 wildfires

Beleaguered US utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) wants a total of 20 microgrids ready and operational at 20 of its substations ahead of the 2020 autumn wildfire season.
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PG&E agrees to $11 billion in compensation for California wildfires

The settlement approved the court for California’s Northern District has according to PG&E, been agreed to in principle, and will cover 85% of insurance claims related to the 2017 Northern California Wildfires, and 2018 Camp Fire, that left towns like Paradise in ashes, and claimed over 100 lives.
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California proposes storage incentives for wildfire-vulnerable residents

A $100 million storage incentives scheme to assist a new kind of energy-vulnerable consumer.

PG&E vegetation management found lacking

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which has been blamed for some of the state's most devastating recent wildfires, failed to cut back or remove thousands of trees which posed a threat to powerlines.
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Bankrupt PG&E granted $5.5 billion loan

California-based utility Pacific Gas & Electric has been granted court approval to take on a $5.5 billion loan, financed by JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Plc and Citigroup Inc.
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PG&E cleared of 2017 fires

Despite prior contrary findings by the Cal Fire, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has been cleared of criminal charges related to 8 wildfires in 2017.
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SCE blamed for California’s second-biggest wildfire in history

The findings of an investigation by California’s Ventura county’s fire department has aimed the blame for the state’s second biggest wildfire at squarely at Southern California Edison (SCE).