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PG&E Fell Short On Fire Prevention Targets Last Year

San Francisco Chronicle-

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. did not meet several commitments in its state-mandated wildfire prevention plan last year, including performance review targets for tree-trimming work and benchmarks for power line inspections, the utility told a federal judge Wednesday.

Only about 60% of PG&E’s expanded efforts to prune or remove trees that could fall on power lines initially passed work quality reviews, attorneys for the company said a filing to U.S. District Judge William Alsup. PG&E had aimed to have 92% of the work meet expectations during the performance reviews.

Attorneys said all of the power line miles that did not initially clear the quality inspections had to be reworked and reviewed again to ensure they achieved PG&E’s standards. In October, the company also analyzed a 9% sampling of the work reviews themselves and found that 98% of them were properly conducted, according to the court filing.

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