State regulators fine PG&E for failing to secure substation

Sep 1, 2015 12:30 PM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - State regulators have fined California's largest utility $50,000 for failing to secure an electric substation in Northern California that was burglarized last year.

The California Public Utilities Commission said Monday Pacific Gas and Electric Company failed to safely maintain its Metcalf Substation near San Jose, even after the same station was attacked by gunfire two years ago.

Regulators say burglars breached the substation's fence in multiple places in August 2014 and stole about $40,000 in construction equipment.

They say that despite multiple alarms sounding during the time of the theft, the break-in went undetected by PG&E security personnel. Construction crews discover the break-in and theft the following day.

A PG&E spokesman says the utility has taken numerous actions to address security gaps at the facility, including more lighting, better cameras and increased security, staffing and supervision.

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