California Lawmaker Demands Probe Of PG&E’s Chief Regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts. Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray made the request Wednesday, which could turn up the heat on the commission while it plays a key role in determining PG&E’s future. The agency must approve PG&E’s plan to get out of bankruptcy by June 30 so the nation’s largest utility can qualify for coverage from a special state fund set up to help insulate utilities if their power lines ignite more expensive fires.


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