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Ipagdiwang ang Moon Festival sa Pechanga Resort Casino May Ipamimigay na 2018 Mercedes Benz at Magagarang Premyo

Samahan kami sa Pechanga Resort Casino ngayong Setyembre upang ipagdiwang ang Mid-Autumn Festival kaugnay din ng kapana-panabik na “Harvest Moon Grand Drawing.” Magkakaroon ng 50 mananalo sa EasyPlay at isang swerteng mananalo ang magmamaneho ng bagong 2018 Mercedes Benz. Sa karagdagan, sa aming tatlong araw na “Harvest Moon – Swipe & Win” na promosyon, may pagkakataong manalo ang mga miyembro ng Club hanggang $1,000 sa EasyPlay!

Ang prmosyong “Harvest Moon – Swipe & Win” ay isasagawa sa araw ng Huwebes, Setyembre 6, 13 at 20. Mula 1pm hanggang 9pm, ang mga miyembro ng Pechanga Club ay maaaring magkaskas ng Club card sa himpilan ng promosyon sa pagkakataong manalo ng hanggang $1,000 sa EasyPlay o sa bunutan ng mga kalahok upang makasali sa Grandeng Bunutan.

Ang “Harvest Moon Grand Drawing” ay isasagawa sa Linggo, Setyembre 23. Sa takdang panahon ng promosyon mula 1pm hanggang 9pm, ang mga miyembro ng Club ay maaaring lumahok sa paggamit ng Club card habang naglalaro ng slots at table games. Maaaring lumahok paulit-ulit depende sa bahagdan/antas ng sinumang Miyembro. Ang miyembro na may Red Card ay maaaring lumahok ng 8x sa pagsali, ang miyembro na may Silver Card ay maaaring lumahok ng 1x. Ang mga kalahok ay bubunutin alas 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm at 9pm. Isa ang mananalo ng grandeng papremyo at mag-uuwi ng 2018 Mercedes Benz, habang ang total na 50 maswerteng mananalo ay makakapanalo ng kaniyang parte sa EasyPlay bonus. Dalasan ang paglalaro upang paulit-ulit na manalo! Ang mga mananalo ay ipapaskel sa kabuuang palapag ng casino. Sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag lamang sa 1-877-711-2946 o bumisita sa www.Pechanga.com.

Lahat kami sa Pechanga Resort Casino ay bumabati sa inyo ng Happy Moon Festival!

Patungkol sa Pechanga Resort Casino

Inaalok ng Pechanga Resort Casino ang isa sa mga pinakamalaki at malaganap na kasiyahan na pang resort/casino kahit saan sa United States. Hinirang na “Four Diamond Property” ng AAA mula pa noong 2002, ang Pechanga Resort Casino ay nagbibigay ng walang katumbas na paraan para sa isang araw o pang-matagalang marangyang bakasyon. Naghahandog ng mahigit sa 4,500 sa pinaka mainit na slot machines, table games at world-class entertainment, 1,090 mga kwarto sa hotel, kainan, spa at championship golf sa Journey sa Pechanga, ang Pechanga Resort Casino ay tampok na destinasyon na tumutugon at humihigit sa kagustuhan ng mga panauhin nito at ng komunidad. Ang Pechanga Resort Casino ay pag-aari at palakad ng Pechanga Band ng mga Luiseño Indians. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag ng toll-free sa 1-888-PECHANGA o bumisita sa www.Pechanga.com. Sundan ang Pechanga Resort Casino sa Facebook at sa Twitter @PechangaCasino. Ang Pechanga Resort Casino ay bukas ng 24-oras. Ang mga bisita ay kinakailangang 21-anyos at pataas upang makapasok sa casino.

Celebrate the Moon Festival at Pechanga Resort Casino With A 2018 Mercedes Benz Giveaway and Great Prizes

Join us at Pechanga Resort Casino this September to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with our exciting “Harvest Moon Grand Drawing”. There will be 50 winners of EasyPlay and one lucky winner will drive away in a new 2018 Mercedes Benz. In addition, with our three days “Harvest Moon – Swipe & Win” promotion, Club members will have a chance to win up to $1,000 in EasyPlay!

The “Harvest Moon – Swipe & Win” promotion will be held on Thursday, September 6th, 13th and 20th Starting from 1pm to 9pm, Pechanga Club members can swipe their Club card at the promotion area for a chance to win up to $1,000 EasyPlay or drawing entries to take part in the Grand Drawing.

The “Harvest Moon Grand Drawing” will be held on Sunday, September 23th. During the promotional period from 1 pm to 9 pm, Club members can earn entries by using their Club to play at any slots and table game. Multiple entries can be earned depending on membership/tier level: Red Card members earn up to 8x entries; Platinum Card members up to 5x entries; Gold Card members up to 3x entries, and Silver Card members earn 1x entry. Entries will be drawn at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. One grand prize winner will drive away in a 2018 Mercedes Benz, while a total of 50 lucky winners will win a share of EasyPlay bonus. Play more to win multiple times! Winners will be posted throughout the casino floor. For more information, please call 1-877-711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com.

All of us at Pechanga Resort Casino wish everyone a Happy Moon Festival!

About Pechanga Resort Casino
Pechanga Resort Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the Number One casino in America by readers of USA TODAY and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort Casino provides an unparalleled getaway. Offering more than 4,500 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 1,090 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino. Pechanga Resort Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.

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PG&E Adds New Heavy-Lift Helicopters to Support Utility Infrastructure Projects and Enhance Wildfire Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has secured two heavy-lift helicopters as part of the company’s new Community Wildfire Safety Program. The primary purpose of the new helicopters is to help PG&E do day-to-day work in remote and hard to reach places across its 70,000-square mile service area.

“We want to be sure we are doing all we can to protect the state’s energy infrastructure and keep our customers safe given the increased extreme weather we’re seeing across California,” said Barry Anderson, PG&E vice president of Wildfire Resiliency and Emergency Management. “These new helicopters will help support critical utility work and will be available to aid with wildfire safety efforts, if requested.”

PG&E has deployed helicopters, usually on a contract basis, for its electric, gas and generation work for many years in support of construction and maintenance activities.

The newly added aircraft were secured through an exclusive use agreement with PJ Helicopters. PG&E plans to add two more heavy-lift helicopters in 2019.

In addition to supporting utility work, PG&E will defer its use to make the new Sikorsky UH-60 fleet available for first responder use, if needed and requested, during wildfire events.

Community Wildfire Safety Program

These new helicopters are part of the many steps PG&E has taken under its Community Wildfire Safety Program, launched in March, in response to the wildfires throughout our state last year, as additional precautionary measures intended to reduce the risk of wildfires:

• Established a Wildfire Safety Operations Center to monitor potential fire threats across the PG&E service area in real time and coordinate prevention and response efforts.
• Added more than 50 new weather stations – with a total of around 200 planned in 2018 – to provide improved awareness of fire danger conditions and better predict where a wildfire could occur.
• Enhanced vegetation management in high fire-threat areas to meet new state vegetation and fire safety standards and create safe space between trees, limbs and power lines.
• Alerted more than 570,000 homes and businesses served by electric lines in extreme-fire threat areas that PG&E may have to shut off power for public safety if extreme fire danger conditions occur, as a last resort.

PG&E Urges Customers to Conserve Energy, Stay Safe During Heat Wave

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— California’s grid operator has called a statewide Flex Alert for tomorrow and Wednesday, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges its customers to conserve energy as triple-digit heat will impact much of the company’s service area.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday (July 24) and Wednesday (July 25). The ISO and PG&E are asking consumers to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when customers typically crank up their air conditioners.

ISO says factors prompting the Flex Alert are high temperatures across the Western United States, a forecast of increased demand, the lack of additional generation, tight gas supplies and high-fire risk.

PG&E meteorologists forecast that temperatures will reach near 110 degrees in the hottest locations in the Central Valley, driving up energy demand and especially air conditioner use.

PG&E is prepared and, based on forecasts, doesn’t anticipate any issues meeting the increased demand for power.

ISO forecasts customer demand for energy will reach 48,179 megawatts (MW) on Tuesday. Peak load in the 20-year history of ISO is 50,270 MW on July 24, 2006.

PG&E also urges customers to stay safe during this heat wave. The company funds cooling centers throughout its service area to help customers escape the heat and cool off. To find a center near you click here or call 1-877-474-3266.

About 425,000 residential and business customers are enrolled in five PG&E Demand Response programs. Collectively, their ability to reduce consumption is at a level that would prevent the need to utilize a gas-fired power plant.

Small behavioral changes also can make a big difference in reducing demand on the power grid during periods of extreme heat and help customers save money all summer long.

• Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you’re at home, health permitting, and 85 degrees when you’re away.

• Setting your AC thermostat 5 degrees higher will save about 10 percent on cooling costs.
• If you turn your ceiling fan on when using the air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat about 4°F to save energy with no reduction in comfort.
• Shut windows and draw the shades to keep in pre-cooled air from the night and early morning.
• Have your central cooling duct system checked for leaks. Up to 20 percent of cooled air can be lost through leaky or poorly insulated ducts.
• Buy an ENERGY STAR® air conditioner if your air conditioner is ready to be replaced. It can reduce energy usage by up to 10 percent.
• Avoid using an electric oven on hot days. Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.

For more tips on how to save this summer, visit www.pge.com/summer.

PG&E Adds Over 50 New Weather Stations to Advance Forecasting Abilities, Better Predict Extreme Weather and Wildfire Potential

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— As part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is building a network of weather stations to monitor and further advance its weather forecasting abilities to better predict where a wildfire could occur so it can respond quickly and appropriately to help keep customers and communities safe.

Since January of this year, PG&E has added more than 50 new weather stations, with around 200 total planned to be built and installed across PG&E’s service area by the end of the year. The newly added stations are located in Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Tuolumne counties.

Data collected by these stations will be streamed in real time and available to state and local agencies and the public through online sources such as NOAA and MesoWest.

“We saw first-hand last year how extreme weather events driven by climate change are causing unprecedented and unanticipated wildfires,” said Kevin Dasso, PG&E vice president of Electric Asset Management. “Adding new weather stations in high fire-threat areas across our service area enhances our weather forecasting and modeling to help bolster wildfire prevention and response efforts and keep our customers safe.”

Real-Time Data to Assess Fire Danger Conditions

PG&E has historically used weather forecast data for many purposes, mainly for predicting storm damage and for assessing fire danger. Its team of meteorologists, which includes fire-weather specialists, performs daily monitoring of current and forecast weather patterns and fire threat projections using in-house and publicly available data from the National Weather Service, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service and more. This information helps PG&E predict when and where the fire threat will be high or extreme so additional steps can be taken to keep critical infrastructure, utility crews and communities safe.

With these new weather stations, PG&E will be able to capture additional real-time data related to temperature, wind speeds and humidity levels to provide improved awareness of current fire danger conditions.

PG&E’s meteorologists will feed information to the company’s new Wildfire Safety Operations Center team to review data and determine any needed action to help reduce wildfire risks. In the event of extreme fire danger conditions, one of the actions PG&E may take is temporarily turning off electricity for safety in specific areas. PG&E is reaching out to customers who are served by electric lines in extreme fire-threat areas to let them know about possible power outages during high wildfire threats so they can take steps to prepare.

These new weather stations are one of the additional precautionary measures PG&E is putting in place as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program, intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. More information can be found at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

PG&E Working with Customers and Community Leaders in High Fire-Threat Areas to Prepare for Safety Outages Due to Extreme Weather

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— As the 2018 fire season gets into full swing in California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reaching out to customers who live in or near high fire-threat areas to let them know that, if extreme fire danger conditions occur, it may be necessary for PG&E to temporarily turn off power to their neighborhood or community for safety.

Proactively turning off power for public safety is one part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, which implements additional precautionary measures intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. PG&E would only turn off power in the interest of public safety and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions.

“PG&E has a plan to deal with the growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires that our state has been experiencing,” said Kevin Dasso, PG&E vice president of Electric Asset Management. “We want our customers to have plans, too. That is why we are reaching out now to help our customers and communities take steps to prepare for wildfire season and possible power outages in the name of public safety.”

Wildfire Safety Operations Center: Monitoring of Fire Danger Conditions

PG&E’s new Wildfire Safety Operations Center will monitor conditions across the company’s service area during wildfire season. While no single factor will drive a Public Safety Power Shutoff, some of the many factors that will inform the decision include: strong winds, very low humidity levels, and critically dry vegetation that could serve as fuel for a wildfire. PG&E will also consider on-the-ground, real-time observations from field crews, among other factors.

If PG&E needs to turn off power for safety, it will be limited to neighborhoods or communities served by electric lines that run through areas experiencing extreme fire danger conditions. PG&E will turn the power back on as soon as it is safe to do so. The most likely electric lines to be considered for shutting off for safety will be those in areas that have been designated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as at extreme risk for wildfire (Tier 3 areas), based on the CPUC’s latest High Fire-Threat District map.

When and where possible, PG&E will provide early warning notification as well as updates until power is restored. Extreme weather threats can change quickly. If conditions allow, PG&E will provide notice to customers between one hour to 48 hours in advance through automated phone calls, texts and emails.

For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers served by electric lines in extreme fire-threat areas consider their service may need to be turned off 1-2 times during wildfire season, although it is impossible to predict future weather conditions in the “new normal” of extreme weather events. While in most cases PG&E would expect to be able to restore power within 24 hours after the extreme weather has passed and inspections have begun, outages could last multiple days depending on conditions.

Preparing for Outages

PG&E is working together with customers, local municipalities, first responders and other stakeholders to share information and help communities prepare for and stay safe during extreme weather events. As part of this commitment to public safety, PG&E is mailing letters and sending emails to more than 570,000 homes and businesses served by electric lines in extreme fire-threat areas informing them that it may be necessary for PG&E to temporarily turn off electricity.

As part of these preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:
• Learn whether their home or business is in or near a high fire-threat area on the CPUC High Fire-Threat District map. Customers also can visit pge.com/wildfiresafety to enter their address and find out if their home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety during high wildfire threats.
• Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers in advance of turning off their electric service for safety, when and where possible.
• Prepare for and practice an emergency plan to keep themselves, their families and/or employees emergency-ready and safe during an outage. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

PG&E, Local Fire Safe Councils Empower Communities to Help Prevent, Prepare for Wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— In an effort to help prevent wildfires and protect communities, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is joining forces with local Fire Safe Councils to enhance the safety and preparedness of local communities. PG&E is providing $2 million to fund local Fire Safe Council projects to reduce the threat of wildfires and help keep communities safe.

“Years of drought, extreme heat and 129 million dead trees are creating a ‘new normal’ in our state and we must continue to adapt to these challenges. We appreciate our continuing partnership with local Fire Safe Councils to complete this important safety work. These projects create fuel breaks to protect communities, clear vegetation from evacuation routes, and help underserved customers create critical defensible space to protect their homes from fire,” said Kevin Dasso, PG&E vice president of Electric Asset Management.

Since 2014, and including this year, PG&E will have provided $13 million to local Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) organizations to fund more than 200 projects in Northern and Central California. Projects have included fuel reduction, shaded fuel breaks, emergency access and wood-chipping programs. This year, PG&E is providing funding to local councils and nonprofits to complete approximately 30 projects in 24 counties. Projects must be completed by October of this year. A list of Fire Safe Councils receiving project funding is below.

Community Wildfire Safety Program

In addition to partnering with local Fire Safe Councils, PG&E is preparing for wildfires through its new Community Wildfire Safety Program. The company launched the program in March as an additional precautionary measure intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. Through the program, PG&E is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden its electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep its customers safe.

Local Fire Safe Councils Receiving Funding for Projects

Organization – County
Amador Fire Safe Council – Amador
Butte County Fire Safe Council – Butte
Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council – Calaveras
Calaveras Resource Conservation District – Calaveras
Comptonville Community Partnership for Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council (Yuba County Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council ) – Yuba
Diablo Fire Safe Council – Alameda Contra Costa
East Bay Regional Park District/Regional Park Foundation – Alameda
El Dorado Fire Safe Council – El Dorado
FIRESafe MARIN – Marin
Fire Safe SMC (Woodside Fire Protection District) – San Mateo
FSC of Monterey County – Monterey
Fire Safe Council of Nevada County – Nevada
Highway 108 Fire Safe Council – Tuolumne
Highway 168 Fire Safe Council – Fresno
Iowa Hill Community Club (Forest/Iowa Hill FSC) – Placer
Lassen County Fire Safe Council – Lassen/Shasta
Mariposa Fire Safe Council – Mariposa
Mattole Restoration Council – Humboldt
Mendocino County Fire Safe Council – Mendocino
Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council – Napa
Napa Communities Firewise Foundation: Angwin FSC & Deer Park FSC – Napa
Plumas Corporation: Plumas County Fire Safe Council – Plumas
San Luis Obispo County FSC – San Luis Obispo
Santa Clara FSC – Santa Clara
Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council – Madera
Yosemite Foothill Fire Safe Council – Tuolumne
Western Shasta Resource Conservation District – Shasta

PG&E Begins Daily Aerial Patrols to Spot, Speed Wildfire Response; Adds Two New Routes to 2018 Schedule

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun its daily aerial fire detection patrols across hundreds of miles of its service area. This year, PG&E has added two new routes to the patrols which assist the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response. Early detection of smoke or fire allows fire agencies to quickly respond to accurate locations.

“Wildfires in California have grown in number, size and intensity in recent years. We all must adapt to this new normal and do even more to prevent and prepare for fires. That’s why we’ve increased the area and number of customers that our daily aerial patrols will cover to help keep communities safe,” said Pat Hogan, PG&E senior vice president of Electric Operations.
The patrols began on June 1 and will run until October 31, unless conditions allow for an earlier end or require an extension. Seven planes will fly daily routes from late afternoon until dusk.

Using fixed-wing aircraft, fire spotters will operate along these routes:
• Redding to Auburn in the Northern Sierra
• Auburn to Sonora in the Central Sierra
• Sonora to Porterville in the Southern Sierra
• Redding to Humboldt to Lake County
• Vacaville to Solvang near the coast
• Redding to Hoopa to MacArthur (Siskiyou County and northeastern Shasta County)
• Mendocino County

The patrols are coordinated through PG&E’s aerial operations. The Mendocino County route is co-funded by PG&E and run by the Mendocino County Aerial Fire Patrol Co-Operative. The Co-Op patrol is scheduled to begin June 15 and run through October 15.

In 2017, PG&E patrols identified approximately 250 fires, 20 of which were first reports. The patrols totaled more than 3,500 flight hours. PG&E began operating the aerial patrols in 2014, after the governor issued a drought emergency declaration. PG&E has continued the patrols because of the scale of tree mortality in California.

About PG&E:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

PG&E Responds to CAL FIRE Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today issued the following statement in response to the release of information by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) regarding some of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

The safety of our customers, their families and the communities we serve is our most important job. The loss of life, homes and businesses in these extraordinary wildfires is simply heartbreaking, and we remain focused on helping communities recover and rebuild.

We look forward to the opportunity to carefully review the CAL FIRE reports to understand the agency’s perspectives.

Based on the information we have so far, we believe our overall programs met our state’s high standards.

Under PG&E’s industry-leading Vegetation Management Program, we inspect and monitor every PG&E overhead electric transmission and distribution line each year, with some locations patrolled multiple times. We also prune or remove approximately 1.4 million trees annually.

Following Governor Brown’s January 2014 Drought State of Emergency Proclamation and the California Public Utilities Commission’s Resolution ESRB-4, PG&E has added enhanced measures to address areas particularly affected by drought and bark beetles including:

• Increased foot and aerial patrols along power lines in high fire-risk areas;
• Removed approximately 236,000 dead or dying trees in 2016 and 140,000 dead or dying trees in 2017; these tree removals were in addition to approximately 30,000 trees removed per year prior to the drought;
• Launched daily aerial fire detection patrols during high fire season to improve fire spotting and speed of fire response;
• Since 2014, provided $11.4 million to local Fire Safe Councils (FSCs) for fuel reduction projects in communities; and
• Provided $1.7 million to local FSCs for 28 highly programmable remote-sensing cameras for critical fire lookout towers.

PG&E meets or exceeds regulatory requirements for pole integrity management, using a comprehensive database to manage multiple patrol and inspection schedules of our more than two million poles.

Years of drought, extreme heat and 129 million dead trees have created a “new normal” for our state, and we must continue to adapt to meet these challenges.

Extreme weather is increasing the number of large wildfires and the length of the wildfire season in California. According to CAL FIRE, in 2017 alone, CAL FIRE confronted 7,117 wildfires, compared to an average of 4,835 during the preceding five years. Five of the 20 most destructive wildfires in the state’s history burned between October and December 2017.

In the case of these Northern California wildfires, we saw an unprecedented confluence of weather-related conditions, including: years of drought resulting in millions of dead trees, a record-setting wet winter that spurred the growth of vegetation that then became abundant fuel after record-setting heat during the summer months, very low humidity and very high winds.

The state, first responders and California’s utilities are all in agreement that we must work together to prevent and respond to wildfires and enhance climate and infrastructure resiliency.

Following last year’s fires, we are bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden our electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep our customers safe.

We want to work together to share information, provide resources and help our customers and communities prepare for and stay safe during extreme weather events. This challenge requires us all to come together in order to be successful. We need to look at the full range of solutions. These should include utility practices as well as:

• Forest management to reduce fuel;
• Better management of building in the wildland urban interface;
• Fire-resistant building codes;
• Defensible space practices; and
• Insurance coverage for those homeowners and businesses located in elevated fire areas.

In addition, we strongly believe this must include addressing California’s unsustainable policies regarding wildfire liability. California is one of the only states in the country where the courts have applied inverse condemnation liability to events associated with investor-owned utility equipment. This means PG&E could be liable for property damages and attorneys’ fees even if we followed established inspection and safety rules.

Liability regardless of negligence undermines the financial health of the state’s utilities, discourages investment in California and has the potential to materially impact the ability of utilities to access the capital markets to fund utility operations and California’s bold clean energy vision.

Extreme weather events driven by climate change are causing unprecedented wildfires and creating a “new normal” for our state. We are committed to advocating with legislative leaders and policymakers across the state on comprehensive legislative solutions for all Californians, as we collectively seek to meet the challenge of climate change, and position the California economy for success.

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