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Should There Be a Public Takeover of PG&E?

Alexander C. Kaufman

In an interview with HuffPost, the progressive Rep. Ro Khanna accused the power company PG&E of prioritizing high executive salaries and payouts to investors over infrastructure upgrades needed to operate safely in a hotter, drier climate. An ideal public power network would be less centralized, with distributed renewable generation, batteries and transmission lines that would make the system less vulnerable to fires and extreme weather events, said Johanna Bozuwa, a public power expert at the Washington-based think tank Democracy Collaborative.