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Levine applauds investigation into power shut offs

November 15, 2019

released the following statement in response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) investigation of electric investor owned utilities’ use of Public Safety Power Shut offs.“PG&E’s crisis of leadership is harming families and businesses throughout the state,” said Assembly member Levine. “There are a lot of questions that need to be answered and I applaud CPUC President Marybel Batjer’s work to begin a thorough investigation of PG&E immediately. Forcing millions of Californians to live in the dark is not a solution to PG&E’s neglect. We must do more to hold PG&E accountable for their actions.” Earlier Levine announced legislation to authorize the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to temporarily appoint a Public Administrator to oversee the management of PG&E. Under Levine’s proposal, the CPUC would establish a test to determine if a Public Administrator should be appointed to oversee PG&E. The test would include an analysis of PG&E’s financial health, the reliability of the utility’s infrastructure and its safety record. The Public Administrator would be authorized to work with PG&E leadership and make decisions necessary to restore critical infrastructure, ensure that proper safety protocols are followed and increase public confidence in the utility. Once the CPUC is able to determine that PG&E has complied with these financial, infrastructure and safety requirements, full management responsibilities would be returned to PG&E.