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PG&E, Wildfires & Liability

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Apr 17, 2019

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The Economist, NPR, Reuters and other outlets quote Michael Wara on PG&E's liability for recent California wildfires. See links to coverage below.

“Today PG&E is confronting this risk from wildfires,” said Michael Wara, director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. “Tomorrow it could be insurance companies or state governments that are overwhelmed after an unexpectedly intense hurricane or series of hurricanes.” - The New York Times, Jan. 14, 2019

Blackout fears fuel move toward solar, storageE&E News | Apr. 17, 2019

'No silver bullet.' Can Calif. save its utilities? E&E News | Apr. 1, 2019

How PG&E Ignored Fire Risks in Favor of ProfitsThe New York Times | Mar. 18, 2019

California’s wildfire threat could be an opportunity for clean-energy microgridsThe Los Angeles Times | Mar. 14, 2019

As Wildfire Season Nears, California Power Companies Get a WarningGoverning | Feb. 28, 2019

California commission’s task: Who should pay for wildfires?Associated Press | Feb. 25, 2019

California commission working to find solutions to state's destructive | Feb. 25, 2019

Can utilities survive with 'massive' wildfire risks? | E&E News | Feb. 5, 2019

The Nation’s Biggest Utility Has Filed For Bankruptcy After Devastating California WildfiresBuzzfeed News | Jan. 29, 2019

Why PG&E’s bankruptcy won’t please California wildfire victims, ratepayers or investorsThe Sacramento Bee | Jan. 28, 2019

The Next Financial Crisis Could Be Caused by Climate ChangeVICE News | Jan. 27, 2019

New commission on wildfire recovery set with five membersKRON4 | Jan. 25, 2019

Did climate change bankrupt an electric company?MPR News | Jan. 23, 2019

PG&E bankruptcy plan threatens California’s electric car goals | San Francisco Chronicle | Jan. 17, 2019

Fires choke utility and U.S. asks: Who pays for warming? | E&E News | Jan. 16, 2019

PG&E Preparing for Many Legal Skirmishes; Credit Sinks to Junk | Natural Gas Intel | Jan. 16, 2019

Lawmakers seek to protect fire victims in PG&E bankruptcy | Petaluma Argus-Courier | Jan. 16, 2019

California Could Use PG&E’s Failure to Get Wildfire-Prone Areas Off the Grid | Slate | Jan. 16, 2019

PG&E Bankruptcy Tests Who Will Pay for California Wildfires The New York Times | Jan. 14, 2019

PG&E, Facing Vast Payout for Wildfires, Says It Will File for Bankruptcy | KQED California Report | Jan. 14 2019

Your Questions About PG&E, Answered  | Capital Public Radio | Jan. 15, 2019

California Utility PG&E On Road To Nowhere After Burning Down The House  | Wonkette| Jan. 15, 2019

PG&E May Be the Business World’s Biggest Climate-Change Casualty Yet  | Bloomberg | Jan. 15, 2019

Embattled PG&E To File For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy  | CBS San Francisco | Jan. 14, 2019

PG&E heads for financial cliff as fire liabilities mount  | E&E News | Jan. 14, 2019

PG&E Is On Its Way To Bankruptcy. Here’s How It Could Play Out.  | Capital Public Radio | Jan. 14, 2019

CEO of PG&E Steps Down Amid California Wildfire Crisis  | The Wall Street Journal | Jan. 13, 2019

California regulators move to outline wildfire cost recovery as PG&E teeters | Utility Dive | Jan. 11, 2019

California’s biggest utility is in deep trouble  | The Economist | Jan. 10, 2019

Factbox: What can the state of California do about PG&E?  | Reuters | Jan. 8, 2019

Utility Company PG&E Blamed for California Wildfires and Explores Bankruptcy  | Chasing Markets | Jan. 7, 2019

Murder charges unlikely, but PG&E bankruptcy or asset sales are on the table | Utility Dive | Jan. 7, 2019

Devastating Wildfires Force California's Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets  | NPR | Jan. 4, 2019

California looks to electricity shutoffs as a faster, cheaper wildfire solution  | The Los Angeles Times | Dec. 13, 2018

PG&E Falsified Gas Safety Records, California Claims  | The Wall Street Journal | Dec. 13, 2018



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