San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo isn’t holding back on his frustration with PG&E, the state’s largest utility, after the company induced blackouts that impacted hundreds of thousands of residents last week.
According to Bay Area News Group, Liccardo drafted a memo that goes before the city’s rules committee next week. It calls for looking into creating a municipal-owned utility that prevent future outages. Liccardo isn’t alone in his efforts. San Francisco reportedly offered PG&E $2.5 billion for its local power lines, an offer the company turned down, saying it was too low and rates could rise for customers. A city-owned utility would obviously mean more control for the city, but some experts say the transitioning process could be lengthy and PG&E shutdowns could still have an effect.
We reached out to Pacific Gas & Electric to invite them to participate in our conversation and received this statement from PG&E spokesperson Mayra Tostado in response:
“We have not seen the proposal. However, PG&E’s facilities are not for sale, and to do so would not be consistent with our charter to operate or our mission to serve Northern and Central California communities. We remain focused on the safety of our customers and communities and will continue working together with our state and local government partners and across all sectors and disciplines to develop comprehensive, long-term safety and energy solutions for the future.”