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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/01/2020 09:15 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/01/2020 09:15 AM
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Governor Newsom Signs SB 350, Giving the State Protection that PG&E will be Transformed into a Safer Utility

Sacramento, CA...Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 350, which protects California by giving the state the authority to hold PG&E accountable if the company fails to adhere to public safety policies, and to put safety, reliability and its customers at the center of its business model. SB 350 builds on the framework set up by AB 1054, which was signed in July 2019, as well as on requirements set in motion by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the bankruptcy court and most importantly, by the Governor’s push for fundamental changes to transform PG&E into a utility that is reliable and accountable to its customers and to all Californians.







“No more business as usual for PG&E,” said Governor Newsom. “As we head into wildfire season amid a pandemic, Californians need to have confidence that their utility is focused on customer safety – preventing wildfire sparks and making critical safety upgrades. SB 350 marks a critical step in the transformation of PG&E into a utility that is accountable to those it serves – the people of California. I would like to recognize and thank the Legislature for taking action on this important legislation.”

SB 350, by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), is being signed one day before PG&E is expected to conclude the bankruptcy case it filed in January 2019. The state won key victories in the company’s reorganization plan as a result of its intervention. These included sweeping governance and operational reforms, including a newly constituted board of directors, and billions of additional benefits to ratepayers, victims and the people of California. The state’s involvement also ensured that the company emerged from bankruptcy in a position to make massive upgrades necessary to deliver safe, reliable, clean electricity, and to swiftly compensate victims.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved PG&E’s bankruptcy plan on May 28 in a decision that placed enforceable requirements on PG&E to meet the mandates of AB 1054.

The Governor today also announced that he has signed the following bill:
  • SB 300 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Elections: ballot measures.
For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

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Clearances
Posted on: 2020-07-01 10:21:53   By: Anonymous
 
PG&E must widen it's right of way clearances. The 12 foot clearance used for many years is not a serious clearance to prevent utility caused fires.
The contractor ACRT PG&E uses also must be liable for fires started from power line contact by trees. Many of the fires including the Butte fire was caused by tree contact , ACRT did not have these trees removed before starting the fires.
A month ago in Amador county a tree fell on to the power lines, and started a fire.
Many fires including the Butte fire were caused by tree contact of PG&E power lines.
Only when the clearance issue is addressed , and ACRT does a much better job of identifying suspect trees will we have a safer power infrastructure.

It is better to be more aggressive on the clearance and suspect tree issues , than to not be. We must get serious on this issue.

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    Re: Clearances
    Posted on: 2020-07-01 10:29:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Well that's a given. And all lines that can possibly be put underground.....put there!

    In the meanwhile I'm going solar and wind and not going to give PG&E any of the extra power for free.

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      Re: Clearances
      Posted on: 2020-07-01 15:32:20   By: Anonymous
       
      PG&E's distribution network cannot be put underground in most cases.
      The power lines need to be able to be cooled, when underground the lines cannot dissipate heat.

      I have solar 11 K I do not pay PG&E for usage. I have a credit having a grid tie system. It is like a battery. The meter goes backward when I put power on the grid. At nite, I do take power from the grid , it is subtracted from my credit from my generation credit.

      To buy batteries is not a good decision. They are short term storage only a day or less, expensive. It is better to have a whole house generator which costs under $900. Compare that with batteries and all the allied switching components. All for one day or so storage. An outage for a few days, a week, you'll have to get a generator anyway. Think about it. A grid tie system makes the most sense. The PG&E credit rolls over to the following year or years.

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      Re: Clearances
      Posted on: 2020-07-01 16:14:55   By: Anonymous
       
      I can just see it now, PG&E is going down the streets in any given community saying they'll bury their power lines. People in these communities shouting out for joy. The PG&E tells the home owner's that they will be responsible to go from the pole to their homes. If that means saw cutting asphalt, concrete, hiring an electrician, getting permits, that too will be on the home owner. 99.9% will be having a coronary on all of it.
      Or if the state takes over PG&E, expect your monthly bill to at least double in the first year under democrat control. That's a minimum, democrats are already raising taxes EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR, and that's after millions have lost their jobs. So what that means is, the people who do have a job, will be taxed that much more.
      This is why you might want to change parties in Calif anyway, all Democrats seem to do is write checks and put us deeper in debt.
      As of right now, Calif taxpayers owe over $ SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS A PIECE TO PAY OFF OUR GOVERNOR'S DEBT.


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        SMUD
        Posted on: 2020-07-02 13:36:56   By: Anonymous
         
        Sounds like you are a corporate warrior- only corporations do it right.
        PG&E is the poster child of why this is false. They maximize stock holders dividends, corporate heads pay, and let their infrastructure go to hell.

        SMUD is owned by Sacramento, it is highly rated for service, and has some of the lowest rates in the US. Bill Freeman put them on a sound sustainable footing, by shutting down Rancho Seco , nuclear power is a bankers delight and a boondoggle for everything else, especially the rate payers.

        In so many examples, such as prescription drugs the corporations are immoral scoundrels who have lost their damn minds. To charge whatever they wish no matter how necessary the drugs are such as insulin a $10 drug around since 1923 they now charge over $100. Remdesivir for Corona costs $5 to make, yet Giliad is charging over $1000 in some cases. To top it off, the Federal government pays for the research, development of many drugs, then hands it to the drug cos, who then are able to patent the drug, such a racquet.

        Too many corporate monopolies, or limited competition. The free market is a lie. In America.

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    Re: Clearances
    Posted on: 2020-07-01 10:29:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Go tell that to the Idiots that don't want their overhanging trees cut down

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      Re: Clearances
      Posted on: 2020-07-01 13:06:48   By: Anonymous
       
      Exactly. This moron needs to go out there and try and convince some of these homeowners to cut their trees and then report back on how easy it is. PG&E has tried to blast open some utility corridors only to have the HOA's and landowners freak out. Blue Lake Springs is one example.
      And if you think undergrounding is the answer then I encourage you to tell people their garages, lawns, houses, properties etc are going to get cut in half since they built/own in the ROW. And, of course, they will love being told that no trees are going to be allowed to grow in the newly underground ROW in order to facilitate maintenance and prevent future problems such as uprooting the lines. No buildings, nothing allowed. I guarantee a good time with that, and much success.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-01 10:29:33   By: Anonymous
 
Since when is PGE the owner of every tree in the forest? 10 yrs. ago and longer the Libtards protected every tree no matter how close it was to their shack, now they want clearance, so starting tomorrow ARCT is designating the whole forest to be clear cut! Now his that proactive enough you whiners, or do you want the root systems dug out as well? Never in my life time have we put up with whiners on everything imaginable!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-07-01 12:11:51   By: Anonymous
     
    PG&E has given their massive profits to shareholders rather than doing necessary maintenance and clearance for their lines. They could have covered the wires years ago, preemptively. It's greed, plan and simple.

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      Two faced crook
      Posted on: 2020-07-01 15:00:55   By: Anonymous
       
      Gavin accepted almost $1 million from PG&E to get elected .

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-07-01 16:18:46   By: Anonymous
     
    No one said pg&e is the owner of every tree in the forest...oh wait, one imbecile took it that way, didn't you? 😃

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-07-01 16:20:33   By: Anonymous
     
    And you sure are doing some whining. Do you need a box of tissues?

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