SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - State regulators said they're taking additional steps to hold PG&E accountable.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is launching a formal investigation of this year's blackouts. It will examine how utilities use safety shutoffs, and make sure utilities will not charge customers during those shutoffs, CPUC announced in a press release.
The commission is also pulling together a panel of experts to bring in new technology to prevent blackouts.
“The state cannot continue to experience public safety power shutoff events on the scope and scale Californians have experienced this month, nor should Californians be subject to the poor execution that PG&E, in particular, has exhibited,” said President Batjer of CPUC. “Through the actions announced today, as well as other steps under our regulatory purview, the CPUC will demand that utilities prepare for and execute PSPS events in a way that greatly reduces impacts on Californians.”