President of CPUC Threatens PG&E With Fines

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The President of the California Public Utilities Commission is threatening PG&E with fines for its mismanagement of last month’s public safety power shutoffs. Marybel Batjer wrote an order Tuesday that demands PG&E explain why it shouldn’t be sanctioned for a number of violations that threatened public safety. The fines would be $100,000 per violation, pursuant to Batjer’s order. PG&E is now going to meet with regulators in early December before a hearing on the allegations is held. The utility owned up to problems with the first major shutoff, but explained to a federal judge that the move likely prevented as many as 56 fires.