Addressing California's Wildfires

Prevention | Accountability | Protection


Taking Action For Utility Customers and Fire Victims

The California State Senate is working closely with the Governor, the Wildfire Commission and public stakeholders to identify solutions and introduce legislation to protect utility customers, fire victims and the reliability of electric and gas service; while addressing climate change to prevent future catastrophes and ensure utility companies put safety and service ahead of profits.


 



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News

The Sacramento Bee -- PG&E agrees to $1 billion in settlements with California towns, counties ravaged by wildfire

June 18, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric has agreed to pay the town of Paradise, as well as Butte County and several other Northern California counties $1 billion as part of a...

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Press Release

Governor Newsom's Press Release: Governor, Senate President pro Tem and Speaker of the Assembly Statement on SB 901 Commission Report

May 29, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon issued the following statement after...

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Press Release

Leader Atkins Announces Senate Select Committee on Governor’s Wildfire Report

April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced the creation of a Senate Select Committee to assess policy options...

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The State Senate will Review the Following Recommendations Put Forth By the Governor To:

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Prevent Wildfires

  • Expand fire prevention by investing in fire suppression and response.
  • Make communities more resilient by updating codes and regulations and call on the Federal Government to better manage federal forest land.
  • Incorporate the latest climate impact research and work towards a fully clean energy infrastructure.
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Ensure Safety and Accountability

  • Review wildfire mitigation plans, conduct inspections and audits and enforce safety standards at investor-owned utilities.
  • Improve procedures to allow judges and commissioners to focus on core questions of rate-setting and enforcement.
  • Monitor investor-owned bankruptcy proceedings to protect California's interests and modify liability standards to balance the need for public improvements with private harm to individuals.
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PROTECT FIRE VICTIMS AND UTILITY CUSTOMERS

  • Evaluate options to satisfy wildfire claims from the last two years so fire victims are treated fairly.
  • Clarify standards and set clear guidelines when the cost of wildfire damage claims can be passed to ratepayers.
  • Create of a catastrophic wildfire fund and revise the cost recovery standard to spread the cost of catastrophic wildfires more broadly among stakeholders.

 

 

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Take Action to Address California's Wildfires

Sign the petition and join the Senate in protecting utility customers, fire victims and local communities across California!