PG&E Paid $125 Million For San Diego County’s Kincade Fire

California’s California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) $125 million dollars for the 2019 Kincade Fire which is the second largest California wildfire in 2017 and the largest wildfire…

PG&E Paid $125 Million For San Diego County's Kincade Fire

California’s California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) $125 million dollars for the 2019 Kincade Fire which is the second largest California wildfire in 2017 and the largest wildfire in history in San Diego County. The Kincade Fire, located north of San Diego County’s communities of Poway and Ramona, destroyed over 1,000 homes and killed 3 residents in October 2017, however, it has remained largely inaccessible to the public.

The CPUC awarded the penalty for a total of $127.5 million. “PCUBiz Composes Best Practices for Smart City Grid Electric Systems,” received $15 million of the fine. This project, designed to improve the public’s “digital life,” was included in a previously completed plan for Gov. Jerry Brown to move forward on his proclamation of 2017 as California’s first cyber disaster year. Other $14.5 million of the fine will be paid to the State of California for wildfire mitigation.

Shawn Blackwood, a spokesman for PG&E said, “With this judgment and settlement agreement, we are able to move forward with the largest-ever settlement in the state’s history to provide residents of Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Placer, and Yuba counties with a reliable, resilient electric system for years to come. In addition, we are striving to provide the most affordable electric service to our customers while also being good stewards of the environment, which is reflected in the settlement agreement, which requires PG&E to invest $2.4 billion in the future of the electric grid over the next five years.”

The $130 million cost of the Kincade fire was to cover the cost of restoring power to the affected area during the fire.

The CPUC’s investigation into the cause of the fires took three years to complete.

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