Several state lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday to ensure California’s big utilities can’t saddle customers with higher rates if the utility has been negligent in connection with disasters such as wildfires.
The East Bay Times reports that lawmakers are alarmed by proposals from PG&E and other power companies to pass through to customers costs linked to the Wine Country infernos and other disastrous blazes.
Investigators have yet to determine what caused the North Bay fires. But lawmakers want to ensure that the electric utilities serving California can’t recover costs from any practices found negligent by raising customer rates.
PG&E faces the forbidding prospect of being obliged to pay for the property damage and attorneys fees connected with the North Bay fires.
Frankly, no one should believe anything PG&E says. The utility has operated like a criminal enterprise for years. Lawmakers should shut it down and reconstitute a new utility company run by honest people.