Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Power Shutoff Protection Bill

The State Legislature has approved a wildfire-inspired proposal from Sen. Bill Dodd, that would help low-income people who rely on life-support equipment to receive backup power during electric transmission line de-energization. SB 167 would require utilities to submit plans to the California Public Utilities Commission for supporting customers during temporary power shutoffs. The bill awaits Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.