California regulator reports concerns about PG&E fire safety measures

    (Reuters) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has raised concerns about some shortcomings it believes could impact PG&E Corp’s ability to provide a safe and reliable service, the energy supplier revealed Wednesday in a regulatory statement. .

    The regulator, in a letter to PG&E dated Tuesday, said it will require remedies on specific issues identified in the San Francisco-based utility’s fire mitigation plan progress reports.

    PG&E has emerged from bankruptcy in July, which marked the end of a lengthy renovation process that began after its equipment sparked some of the deadliest fires in California.

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    CPUC said his concerns have arisen from what appeared to be a pattern of vegetation and deficiencies in resource management.

    The regulator said its staff have “identified a volume and defect rate in PG&E vegetation management that is significantly higher than that observed for other utilities.”

    The CPUC said a fact-finding initiative is underway to determine whether the regulator needed to include PG&E in the “enhanced enforcement and enforcement process”.

    Reportage by Shradha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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