September 18, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California judge has tentatively agreed to have customers pay a little more than half the $2.2 billion cost to improve Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s gas lines, rejecting the utility's request to have ratepayers shoulder 84 percent of required safety upgrades to their pipelines.
The California Public Utilities Commission judge's proposed decision Friday to have ratepayers pay roughly 55 percent of the overall cost is aimed at improving record-keeping and safety testing of PG&E's gas transmission lines.
The deadly San Bruno explosion prompted the improvement plan. The September 2010 blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
Last year, the commission required state utilities to forecast how they would pressure-test or replace the untested segments of their gas transmission lines.
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