California governor releases wildfire, utility report

Gov. Gavin Newsom has released a report aimed at addressing a host of wildfire problems.

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 12:06 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 1:01 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Gavin Newsom has released a report aimed at addressing a host of wildfire problems.

The 58-page report explores how California can keep its investor-owned utilities financially stable while ensuring customers get safe and affordable power.

The recommendations include the creation of a state-run power purchasing entity, changing the standards that make utilities pay for wildfire damages and discouraging new housing in areas at high risk of wildfire.

But the report largely fails to take concrete positions on which actions the state should pursue.

California has suffered two of its deadliest and most destructive wildfire seasons in recent years and lawmakers have struggled with how to distribute the costs.

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