Electric Utility Wildfire Liability Reform in California

16 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2020

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Myanna F. Dellinger

University of South Dakota Law School

Date Written: November 1, 2019

Abstract

As climate change worsens, so does the risk of wildfires. This is especially so in already hot, dry areas such as the western United States. Adding to this problem is the rapid growth of the wildland-urban interface (WUI). As more and more houses are built in the WUI, wildfires will pose an even greater risk to lives and homes, they will be harder to fight, and letting natural fires burn will become impossible. This article argues that end-consumers who live in the WUI should, to a much greater extent than is currently the case, internalize the full costs of their choices and actions under principles of environmental justice and other notions of fairness in law and policymaking.

Keywords: wildfire, climate change, western United States, wildland-urban interface ,WUI, wildfires, risk, lives, home fires, PG&E bankruptcy, California climate change, AB 1054, environmental justice, EJ, public utility liability, California Assembly Bill 1054, white flight

Suggested Citation

Dellinger, Myanna F., Electric Utility Wildfire Liability Reform in California (November 1, 2019). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 49, No. 11, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3509846

Myanna F. Dellinger (Contact Author)

University of South Dakota Law School ( email )

414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States

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