Drastic Changes Mulled Over PG&E Safety Concerns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric says it’s open to “a range of solutions” that will make its energy system safer after California regulators said they will consider drastic measures, including breaking up the utility. The Northern California power company says its most important responsibility must be public and employee safety. The Public Utilities Commission on Friday outlined options it could take against PG&E in the wake of a deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion and more recent concerns that PG&E equipment may have sparked the recent Camp wildfire in Butte County. Concerns about the utility’s safety procedures prompted a review several years ago. The commission says it’s looking at several measures, including replacing PG&E’s board of directors or turning it into a public utility.

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