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State Commission Jolts PG&E

San Francisco, CA — The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Thursday zapped Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) with its largest penalty ever ordered.

The California Public Utilities Commission has voted to penalize PG&E $1.6 billion for the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people.  CPUC President Michael Picker says, “PG&E failed to uphold the public’s trust.  The CPUC failed to keep vigilant,” said President Picker.  “Our decision commits a significant portion of the shareholder-funded penalty – one of the biggest utility sanctions in U.S. history – to making PG&E’s gas transmission system as safe as possible for the public, consumers, utility workers, and the environment.”

Here is the commission’s breakdown what PG&E will pay:

  • $850 million in gas transmission pipeline safety infrastructure improvements.
  • $300 million in a fine to the state’s General Fund.
  • $400 million in a one-time bill credit spread across PG&E’s gas customers.
  • $50 million towards other remedies to enhance pipeline safety.

The decision requires that shareholders and not PG&E customers pay the penalty.  To view the decision in its entirety click here.