E&E News – April 01, 2019
California’s top lawmakers are weighing major changes to how the state deals with catastrophic wildfires, including overhauling rules for the troubled utilities tied to those deadly blazes.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and legislative leaders are assessing options that include breaking up Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the largest utility in the state. Lawmakers are looking at giving more power to community choice aggregators, or CCAs — city- and county-run consortiums that buy power for their residents. And potential legislation includes creating a disaster fund that utilities would pay into yearly and having the state buy fire insurance from private companies.