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First pure wildfire cat bond in two years upsized & priced within guidance

The first California wildfire catastrophe bond transaction to be issued since the severe California season of 2018 has successfully been upsized, with utility Sempra Energy's SD Re Ltd. (Series 2020-1) deal now set for $90 million. Not only has the first pure wildfire cat bond in almost two years increased in read the full article →

Sempra Energy’s SD Re 2020-1 wildfire cat bond may upsize to $90m

Electrical utility Sempra Energy is seeking to upsize its second catastrophe bond, with the SD Re Ltd. (Series 2020-1) transaction now targeting a $90 million source of California wildfire insurance protection from the capital markets for the company. Sempra Energy returned to the catastrophe bond market in June, with an SD read the full article →

Sempra Energy seeks $75m SD Re 2020-1 cat bond to top up wildfire insurance

Electrical utility Sempra Energy has returned to the catastrophe bond market with a $75 million SD Re Ltd. (Series 2020-1) transaction, as it seeks to extend the California wildfire insurance protection it receives from capital markets investors. This is the second wildfire catastrophe bond to be issued for Sempra Energy, following read the full article →

PG&E’s equipment said cause of Camp Fire by investigators

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has deemed the cause of the devastating Camp wildfire to be electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E). The Camp wildfire killed 85 people and burned a huge swathe of land. The property damage from the read the full article →

Berkshire Hathaway rumoured buying PG&E, Buffett quickly denies the news

It's been reported that Warren Buffett's conglomerate, insurance and reinsurance giant Berkshire Hathaway is looking at a possible acquisition of distressed California electrical utility PG&E Corporation, but Warren Buffett was quick to deny the news. Buffett already holds ownership stakes in a number of utilities within its investments made by Berkshire read the full article →

Utility equipment said responsible for 2017’s Thomas wildfire in California

While reinsurance interests and holders of the Cal Phoenix catastrophe bond await the determination of whether PG&E's equipment was the cause of the significant Camp wildfire of 2018, another utility's power lines have now been deemed the cause of one of the largest 2017 blazes. Southern California Edison is the electrical read the full article →

“Probable” PG&E’s equipment an ignition point of Camp wildfire, utility says

California focused electrical utility PG&E Corporation (the Pacific Gas and Electric Company) has said that it is "probable" that its equipment will be determined to be an ignition point of the 2018 Camp wildfire. The Camp wildfire is currently estimated to have caused an insurance and reinsurance market loss of as read the full article →

PG&E’s wildfire cat bond cost it almost $27m per-year in premium

Bankruptcy threatened California focused electrical utility PG&E Corporation (the Pacific Gas and Electric Company) spent almost $27 million in annual premium for the $200 million of coverage it received from the at-risk Cal Phoenix Re Ltd. (Series 2018-1) catastrophe bond. This catastrophe bond was considered ground-breaking in a number of ways. It read the full article →

PG&E and utilities not liable for starting Tubbs wildfire

The Tubb's wildfire which burned California in October 2017 was not ignited by equipment from Pacific Gas & Electric Co’s (PG&E) or any other utility provider, hence this particular fire cannot trigger liability claims from the insurance and reinsurance backing the firms. The Tubb's wildfire burned the Sonoma and Napa county read the full article →

PG&E’s liability tower to pay out, say analysts, likely includes cat bond

Pacific Gas & Electric Co’s (PG&E) liability insurance tower is still expected to face a total loss in the face of significant claims for wildfire damages, despite the utilities impending bankruptcy status. PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in recent days, saying it is the only viable route for the read the full article →