In wake of Wine Country fires, state proposes new utility safety rules

One month to the day after wind-driven wildfires erupted across Wine Country, California regulators on Wednesday proposed a new set of tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state prone to destructive blazes. The proposed rules by the California Public Utilities Commission, which were first discussed in the wake of another devastating series of wildfires in 2007, would change utility company operations across wide swaths of the state deemed to be at an elevated or extreme risk for wildfires. It could also raise their costs — potentially pushing up utility bills in the process.


Source: David R. Baker

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