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Cal Fire has announced that the 2017 Tubbs fire was ignited by a private electrical system adjacent to a residential structure and not PG&E equipment as had been widely suspected in the inferno’s wake.
The long-awaited findings were made public just after noon Thursday in a Cal Fire news release that also said investigators found no violation of state law related to the cause of the wildfire.
PG&E warned in a new court filing that it would have to spend at least $75 billion, hire 650,000 workers — and increase monthly utility bills by a huge amount — if it’s forced to comply with a federal judge’s proposed order for a massive maintenance and inspection effort for its electricity grid.
The warnings by the embattled and cash-strapped utility, which has staggered to the brink of insolvency, were contained in a lengthy response ahead of a hearing in U.S. District Court next week.
Federal Judge William Alsup has signaled he may order PG&E to undertake a thorough inspection of its electricity grid and to launch a wide-ranging vegetation management plan ahead of the upcoming 2019 fire season in Northern California. Alsup is supervising the company’s probation connected with PG&E’s conviction for felonies the company committed before and after a fatal gas explosion in 2010 that killed eight and destroyed a San Bruno neighborhood.
“The resources required to comply with the (judge’s proposed order) do not exist,” PG&E stated in a federal court filing. “PG&E does not have the necessary funds. Were PG&E allowed to pass on the costs, the rate increases would be oppressive.”
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
a reply to: FamCore
People are still going to need power and I am sure the PG&E facility's are going to continue to be the main producers. It is still odd the stock went up that much.