Embattled California utility No. 1 in 2018 lobbying spending

Published 02-01-2019

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before it declared bankruptcy.

That's the most any entity spent seeking to influence California government in 2018.

The utility disclosed the numbers Thursday in a filing with the California Secretary of State. The utility spent most of that money lobbying on proposals around wildfire safety and response, including a discussion on whether to reduce the strict liability utilities face when their equipment sparks fires. Lawmakers ultimately didn't change that standard but made it easier for utilities to access bonds to cover wildfire damage and pass costs onto ratepayers.

San Diego Gas & Electric's parent company spent about $1.5 million lobbying last year. The parent company of Southern California Edison spent more than $4.2 million.

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