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California tees up wildfire liability bill as utility, consumer groups diverge on solutions

July 3, 2019

The California legislature will attempt to pass AB 1054 in a week, but opposition is bubbling up that could complicate the governor’s preferred schedule.

Attorneys representing wildfire victims say the legislation should be tabled or rewritten to include more consumer protections. Other advocates are calling the proposal a “bailout.”

But several trade associations representing California’s wind, solar, geothermal, and bioenergy industries say the legislation is necessary to “stabilize and hold accountable the state’s largest utilities.” The groups say they represent more than 28 GW of utility-scale and distributed renewable energy, serving more than a third of the states electricity portfolio.

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