1-Hour Program

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Why You Should Attend

Since California’s electric utilities adopted their statutorily mandated Wildfire Mitigation Plans in 2019, communities all over the state have been burdened by massive amounts of vegetation debris and felled trees left in site after the utilities clear cut areas near power lines and restore electric service after a wildfire.

This 1-hour program focuses on the significant impacts created by large-scale utility tree-trimming and cutting as part of the utilities’ wildfire prevention and response activities in California, and the shortcomings of existing laws and regulations to address the problem. The speakers discuss existing laws, the gaps and gray areas that allow the utilities to continue their tree-clearing, and the challenges faced by local governments, regulatory agencies, and the Legislature in trying to change the laws and the utilities’ behavior.

What You Will Learn

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about California’s Wildfire Mitigation Pans adopted in 2019 and the limitations of existing statutory and regulatory frameworks to address the issue.
  • Understand the practice of “Whack-And-Stack" that utility companies in California have adopted.
  • Explore the unintended environmental impacts of electric utility tree-clearing to reduce wildfire hazards.
  • Learn about legislative options for improving oversight in the future in California.

Who Should Attend

Attorneys working in Real Estate/Environmental industries will find this program informative.

Program Level: Overview 

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

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