What if Utilities Are to Blame for Wildfires?


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California has seen a million and a half acres of forest burned this year. As the state recovers from the devastating Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire, residents are looking for someone to blame.

Now attention turns to utilities. Both Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric are under investigation and facing class-action lawsuits for potentially starting the blazes.

What happens to utilities if they are found at fault? And how do you protect a vulnerable electric grid as these fire get worse and worse? We'll discuss.

Then, we’ll mark the Thanksgiving week in the second half of the show. We’ll each share our picks for the top turkey of 2018. Who made the biggest blunders this year?

Recommended reading:

  • GTM: If Wildfires? Drive PG&E Into Bankruptcy, What Happens to Renewable Energy Contracts?
  • SF Chronicle: California Regulator Lays Groundwork for PG&E Bailout
  • National Geographic: See How a Warmer World Primed California for Large Fires

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