WSJ Article: PG&E Delayed Safety Work

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that PG&E was warned in 2010 that the transmission line suspected of causing the Camp Fire would soon face an overload of power moving through it. Despite this warning, PG&E took several years to propose a $30.3 million repair project. Even after this, PG&E continued to defer repairs until December 2018, more than one month after the deadly Camp Fire.  When PG&E finally inspected the line closely after the fire, it discovered additional problems.

PG&E claims that it is now considering turning off power lines proactively during high-fire risk periods. However they have been “considering” this for some time, and have not put this plan into action, despite other utilities in the state adopting this safety-first approach.

On top of their deferred maintenance, PG&E’s record-keeping system is outdated, making it difficult to assess safety and reliability of its aging power grid. PG&E knows its system is outdated, and yet shows no real interest in improving it. Garrick Jones, a consultant who reviewed their records, stated that PG&E understands it has issues, but “has a history of making promises and under-delivering.”

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