California Faces Tough Choices on Utility Wildfire Liability Reform

By [email protected] California’s combination of increasingly dangerous wildfires and utility liability legal doctrine has already pushed its biggest investor-owned utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, into bankruptcy.

What policy changes could prevent the next big wildfire caused by a utility power line to force the state’s remaining investor-owned utilities, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, into a similarly untenable financial situation — even if they’re not at fault for starting the blaze?

California lawmakers have spent much of this year grappling with a host of costly, complicated and potentially unpopular policy answers to this question. But as we’ve noted

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