Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Lawmakers wanted answers from Bill Johnson and executives from the state’s other two investor-owned utilities about the shutoffs last month.
The move would lower costs for customers and shift the company's priorities away from paying dividends to shareholders, they wrote.
As the Golden State suffers blackouts and wildfires, the progressive stalwart joined Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in calling for public power.
The latest brush fire broke out in Simi Valley outside of Los Angeles, forcing the library and nearby homes to evacuate.
About 100,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate and more than 2 million are expected to lose power.
Fires raging in Northern and Southern California have already forced thousands from their homes.
Around 179,000 customers across 17 counties will be affected this time, the Northern California utility company said.
As many as 209,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers may lose power in an effort to prevent wildfires.
“Californians should not pay the price for decades of PG&E’s greed and neglect,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
Multiple car crashes as well as a related shooting have been reported amid the outage that's expected to last up to five days.
This “is not how things should work," Gov. Gavin Newsom said of PG&E's forced power shutoff in response to wildfire risk.
Outages are planned in more than half of California’s 58 counties, although not everyone in those counties will have their power cut.
The utility's Chapter 11 plan offered no more than $8.4 billion for wildfire victims -- an amount skewered as unsatisfactory.
Gavin Newsom wants to throw a financial lifeline to the state’s major utilities, including PG&E, dealing with the results of wildfires -- in exchange for concessions around safety.
The settlement with the California utility included $270 million to the town of Paradise, which was mostly destroyed in the fire.
85 people were killed by the blaze, and nearly 14,000 homes were leveled.
The power company said the fund will help with living expenses and other urgent needs, according to a bankruptcy court filing.
The fire in the Northern California town of Paradise was the state’s deadliest and most destructive ever.
Under a PG&E bankruptcy, wildfire victims likely won’t get all of the money they have sued for, experts have said.