New Law Coming: PGE to Pass Fire Costs to Ratepayers ?

November 16, 2018

Michael Picker, Chairman of California’s PUC has indicated support for new fast-track legislation to enable PGE to pass along fire-related costs to ratepayers.

“It’s not good policy to have utilities unable to finance the services and infrastructure the state of California needs,” Picker told Bloomberg after the call. “They have to have stability and economic support to get the dollars they need right now.”

This all follows the companies pulling down of all revolving lines of credit and reporting of inadequate insurance levels to cover anticipated fire related future expenses. PGE’s stock price had fallen by more than 60% as Moody and S&P downgraded the companies credit rating to near junk levels on Thursday.

Changes in the electrical cost structure for California residents will likely secure the continued movement toward residential solar power.  2019 will be interesting as  it is the last year for the full 30% tax credit for solar PV.  It is expected that many home and business owners will rush to beat the  utility rate increases and secure the tax credit before the 12/31/2019 ITC decline begins.

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