PG&E Agrees to Pay $55 Million to Settle Criminal Cases Related to Kincade, Dixie Fires

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A pedestrian walks by a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) electrical substation on January 26, 2022 in Petaluma, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In 2019 a PG&E volt transmission line failed, starting the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, and two years later, PG&E power lines sparked what became the Dixie Fire, the largest wildfire in California’s history. On Monday, the utility company reached a settlement of $55 million which allows it to escape criminal liability stemming from those fires. We’ll talk with Marketplace reporter Lily Jamali about the settlement and where the money will go.


Lily Jamali, senior reporter, Marketplace