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PG&E Finds Fire Insurance Tough to Get and Costly After Bankruptcy, Fires

July 31, 2020


PG&E Corp. is finding it very costly to buy fire insurance after wildfires triggered by its power lines sent the company into bankruptcy and left it paying $25.5 billion for claims. It’s hoping customers will foot the bill.

The San Francisco-based company had to cough up about $750 million to secure $1.4 billion of liability coverage for the next 12 months, with only a little more than half of that dedicated to potential fire claims, Chief Financial Officer Jason Wells told investors Thursday during a second-quarter earnings call.

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