$24.5M penalty proposed for Edison over windstorm

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 1:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators have proposed a $24.5 million penalty for Southern California Edison after a 2011 windstorm that left more than 400,000 without power and an incident in which three people were electrocuted.

The proposed penalty the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday goes to a public comment period before the commission's board votes on it.

The commission says the utility has agreed to pay the proposed penalty. Phone and email messages left for Edison officials were not immediately returned.

The CPUC says Edison gave inaccurate information on power restoration and violated safety standards during the 2011 windstorm that left 440,000 customers without power. In a separate incident, the utility was blamed for a conductor that fell to the ground and killed a man, his wife and their son.

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