The Sacramento Bee (July 19, 2018)

EDITORIAL: The ‘new normal’ on wildfires isn’t reason enough to give utilities a free pass

Limiting its compensation for fire damage would be great for PG&E executives and lucrative for its shareholders. But it would be unfair to homeowners, whose insurance payments would rise, and to local governments and taxpayers, who would have to pick up more of the bill for repairs. And as the California State Association of Counties points out, letting utilities off the hook would also reduce the incentive for them to prevent fires in the first place.

Limiting its compensation for fire damage would be great for PG&E executives and lucrative for its shareholders. But it would be unfair to homeowners, whose insurance payments would rise, and to local governments and taxpayers, who would have to pick up more of the bill for repairs. And as the California State Association of Counties points out, letting utilities off the hook would also reduce the incentive for them to prevent fires in the first place.
— The Sacramento Bee Editorial, July 19, 2018