California regulator to investigate PG&E, other investor-owned utilities over recent power outages

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A California regulatory commission launched an investigation into investor-owned utilities over the power outages that affection over a million customers across the state.

On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced its formal investigation into Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Liberty Utilities/CalPeco Electric (Liberty), Bear Valley Electric Service and Pacific Power.

CPUC wants to find out if PG&E and other utilities complied with its regulations

The state regulator wants to determine whether PG&E and other investor-owned utilities prioritized safety and complied with its regulations and requirements when it implemented the Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in September and October.

Additionally, the CPUC stated that its investigation will “serve as forum to gather evidence to evaluate both the effectiveness and impacts of all phases of the PSPS events.”