“Reliability is important but safety must come first. Profits are important but safety must come first. Only safe operation will be allowed,” he said in his proposed order.
Alsup has been demanding answers from PG&E about its role in the state’s wildfires, the San Francisco Chronicle writes, since soon after the Camp Fire in Northern California killed 86 people and destroyed almost 19,000 structures.
PG&E has disclosed its equipment had problems in the area where the Camp Fire is believed to have started.
The utility has two weeks to respond Alsup’s order, and the judge set a hearing for Jan. 30.
PG&E spokesman James Noonan said safety is the company’s “most important responsibility.”
“We are aware of Judge Alsup’s orders and are currently reviewing,” Noonan said. “We are committed to complying with all rules and regulations that apply to our work, while working together with our state and community partners and across all sectors and disciplines to develop comprehensive, long-term safety solutions for the future.”
“These conditions of probation are intended to reduce to zero the number of wildfires caused by PG&E in the 2019 Wildfire Season,” Alsup said in his order. “This will likely mean having to interrupt service during high-wind events (and possibly at other times) but that inconvenience, irritating as it will be, will pale by comparison to the death and destruction that otherwise might result from PG&E-inflicted wildfires.”