State lawmakers prepare for PG&E’s CEO to testify in front of senate committee

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) — PG&E CEO Bill Johnson will make his second appearance to the state capitol this month as a senate committee investigates the utility’s recent power shutoffs. 

Johnson is set to testify Monday in front of the senate energy utilities and communication committee, along with the CEO’s of the state’s two other investor owned utility companies. 

According to the hearing agenda released Friday, the committee will dig into the impact the blackouts had on the economy, schools, emergency management, and businesses across the state. 

Senators will also examine the state’s oversight with testimony from top officials including Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci and President of the California Public Utilities Commission Marybel Batjer. 

“We definitely want to get an update from the CPUC and really hold the agencies feet to the fire to make sure the agency is doing what it needs to do in terms of oversight,” said state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco.)

Wiener is on the committee.

“I think it’s going to be the first opportunity for us as legislators, as Senators to be very public in expressing our perspective,” he said. 

Lawmakers say this hearing is the first step to deciding what policies need to be proposed to prevent issues seen in the massive power shut offs. 

The hearing is scheduled to start Monday morning at 11 a.m.

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