In 2017 and 2018, PG&E electrical equipment was involved in igniting a series of 17 wildfires in Northern California, including the Camp Fire, which is the most destructive fire in California history.

In June of 2019, The California Public Utilities Commission opened an investigation (I.19-06-015) to “determine whether Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), violated any provision(s) of the California Public Utilities Code (PU Code), Commission General Orders (GO) or decisions, or other applicable rules or requirements pertaining to the maintenance and operation of its electric facilities that were involved in igniting fires in its service territory in 2017.”

In Decision D.20-05-019, as part of an array of enforcement actions that included $2 billion in penalties imposed on PG&E for their role in the catastrophic fires,  the CPUC ordered PG&E shareholders to pay for an independent root cause analysis (RCA) of each of the wildfires in the OII. Envista Forensics, Inc (Envista)  was selected as the RCA company. Envista began the RCA investigation on July 6th 2021.

On July 6th 2022, PG&E served the parties to the OII with the final RCA report from Envista. The final report includes the results for all the wildfires in the OII.

The full root cause analysis, findings, and recommendations can be found here: link

Events

December 5, 2022: (I.19-06-015) PG&E 2017- 2018 Wildfires: Root Cause Analysis Workshop - 1:00pm-5:00pm

 
Next Steps

The D.20-05-019 requires that: 

  • PG&E filed a response on August 4th to the report and the CPUC is organizing at least one public workshop to present the findings, hear PG&E's response, accept comments, and evaluate possible options for addressing the findings. Details are forthcoming and will be announced on this page, via the service list for this proceeding, and a public notice.  

 

Related Documents
  • August 4, 2022: PG&E's response to Envista's Root Cause Analysis Recommendations
  • July 6, 2022: Envista's final report of the Root Cause Analysis of the 2017 and 2018 Wildfires