PG&E, 2 other California companies fined millions of dollars for power shutoffs

All three companies were criticized for their handling of public safety power shutoffs in October 2019.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- California utilities will be fined more than $22 million for widespread power shutoffs two years ago.

They were supposed to be designed to prevent devastating wildfires.

Regulators announced $12 million in fines against PG&E, $10 million against Southern California Edison, and $24,000 against San Diego Gas & Electric.

All three companies were criticized for their handling of public safety power shutoffs in October 2019.

Regulators blasted PG&E for a botched shutoff that left nearly 2 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California without power.

Last year, the Public Utilities Commission penalized PG&E $106 million for violating guidelines during fall 2019 power shutoffs.

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