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Embattled California utility spent most for 2018 lobbying

February 1, 2019

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

It’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 the money lobbying on proposals involving wildfire safety and response, including 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.

The parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric 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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