LOS ANGELES (CNS) - State regulators announced proposed penalties totaling $24.5 million today against Southern California Edison for extended outages that resulted from a 2011 windstorm that left almost 400,000 customers without power, and for a separate case in which three people were electrocuted.
The proposed penalty, announced by the California Public Utilities Commission, moves to a public comment period before a vote by the commission's board.
Edison has agreed to pay the fine, which the utility said will be funded from company shareholders and would not impact customer rates.
“SCE believes the settlement is in the public interest and allows it to move forward with the utility's principal mission of providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service,” according to a statement from the company.
The CPUC found that some power poles maintained by Edison were faulty and too weak to withstand the gale-force winds that ripped across the San GabrielValley in 2011, leaving thousands of people without power for days.
Also in 2011, a man, woman and their grown son died when they were electrocuted by Edison power lines that had fallen in the backyard of their San Bernardino home, according to the CPUC.