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Wildfire & 2019 Repercussions

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There has been much work to improve the resiliency of areas affected by California wildfires and help some utilities that might have liability. The former includes Public Safety Power Shutoffs, and the latter includes a new fund that might mitigate utilities' wildfire liabilities.

And if you haven't heard about the PG&E Bankruptcy that primarily resulted from these wildfires, you're probably on the wrong website.

This post will update all of the above.

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Matt Chester on Sep 17, 2019 10:00 pm GMT

John-- I noticed you didn't touch much upon the connection some have made between climate change and increased wildfires, and how both of these are areas that intrinsically affect the utility industry. I'm guessing that was intentional because, regardless of the reasons, wildfires are a reality that utility decision makers must wrestle with one way or the other. But do you think there's any way or reason these two issues that are likely related should be intertwined from the perspective of power providers?

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John Benson on Sep 18, 2019 8:39 pm GMT

Hi Matt, tanks for the comments:

I've written on the links between climate change and wildfires several times. At the beginning of this paper I put a link to another paper from late last year, and in the beginning of that earlier paper were links to three other papers. However, probably the best of all of these specific to your response was the paper linked below. Note that I recently updated the paper linked below (note it's rev b).

https://www.energycentral.com/c/ec/fires-and-storms-–-part-1-rev-b

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