BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Utility customers will have a chance to weigh in on proposed rate hikes from PG&E, following lawsuits from its role in multiple fires across the state.
State Senator Jim Nielsen sent out mailers to utility customers warning them that their bills could increase by more than 6%.
PG&E has been blamed for multiple wildfires across California and must now pay $1 billion to more than one dozen local governments in the region. In order to make this happen, the utility is proposing rate hikes on gas and electricity.
The utility says the money from the rate hikes will be used for wildfire safety improvements.
The California Public Utilities Commission has been in charge of monitoring PG&E's safety practices for decades and is now hosting a series of public hearings across California.
The hearings have been set up in places like San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Santa Rosa. Now, the commission is coming to Chico to hear from victims of the Carr and Camp Fires about the proposed rate hikes.
For those looking to attend, there will be two meetings on Thursday in Chico at 326 Huss Lane, Suite 100. The first meeting is at 1 p.m. and the second meeting is at 6 p.m.