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Kaylyn has over 13 years of experience in the utility sector and is a highly skilled and motivated business leader. Kaylyn’s focus and expertise are in Project Controls, Capital Project...

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The PG&E's GRC proposal includes approximately US$7.4 billion in new investments from 2023 to 2026 to help keep customers safe and reduce the impacts of extreme weather and the threat of catastrophic wildfires. It is great to see investments being made in new tools and technologies, safety and reliability! 
 

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Matt Chester on Aug 4, 2021

With such high numbers it's always hard to contextualize and know if it's the 'right' amount. For some reference: costs of the recent wildfires were estimated at $6.3B, they sought $3.6B in rate increases to help with wildfire safety, and a plan to bury all their wires could cost $240B

Are you satisfied with how much and where these investments are going, Kaylyn? Or is there more that should be pushed for? 

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Kaylyn Mickelsen on Aug 11, 2021

It appears that PG&E is looking at many aspects of reliability and safety within the GRC proposal. It is a bit difficult to say if I am satisfied with where the investments are going because detailed allocations of this total are not provided. Many of these seem to be in line with continuous maintenance/ capital improvement efforts that utilities regularly invest in.

When it comes to wildfire risk mitigation, I particularly like the use of new technologies to target vegetation management and other maintenance project efforts. While some if this may just be a response to regulatory pressures, I think it may yield better outcomes in the future. 

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 5, 2021

"The PG&E's GRC proposal includes approximately US$7.4 billion in new investments from 2023 to 2026 to help keep customers safe and reduce the impacts of extreme weather and the threat of catastrophic wildfires."

Odd that PG&E will be simultaneously closing a state-of-the-art nuclear plant, completely paid for by its 16 million customers - one that prevents 15.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of 3 million additional cars on the road - while forcing those customers to pay $4.5 billion in unnecessary decommissioning costs, and now $7.4 billion to lesson the impacts of extreme weather, while pocketing the profits from extra sales of natural gas.

Somehow I find this revelation less than gratifying.

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Jim Stack on Aug 6, 2021

It's very hard to say what affect these changes will have. At least they are doing something. 

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