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How PG&E's wildfire liability could affect your bill

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Camp Fire and Paradise, variant

 

It’s been almost half a year since the Camp Fire in Northern California burned through thousands of homes, destroying the town of Paradise, and killing 85 people.

Since then, PG&E has been scrambling from the fallout. Facing potentially billions of dollars in payouts for liability damages, it filed for bankruptcy. And then just last week, PG&E asked state regulators for permission to raise rates.

 

The utility claims they need the money for a few reasons - one is to ensure safety against future wildfires. That could look like installing stronger power poles that won’t blow over in fierce winds, clearing branches, and maybe installing cameras in fire threat zones.

 

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