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PG&E gains $23bn financing approval to fund bankruptcy settlement

Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E), the wildfire stricken California focused electrical utility operator, has been approved to secure $23 billion of financing to assist in paying its bankruptcy related settlements, which may further accelerate the awaited subrogation payments it owes rights holders.Yesterday the bankruptcy court approved PG&E to secure and read the full article →

ILS funds face challenge to accurately value PG&E settlement: KPMG

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund managers, as well as other managers of third-party capitalised reinsurance and retrocesion vehicles, face a particularly significant challenge when it comes to accurately valuing the PG&E wildfire related subrogation settlement in their funds, the actuarial team at KPMG highlighted.As we've covered previously, Californian electrical utility PG&E read the full article →

PG&E says on track for wildfire fund and for subrogation payments

Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E), the wildfire stricken California focused electrical utility operator, said today that its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plans remain on track and as a result it hopes to join the state's newly formed wildfire fund and also make progress towards the subrogation payments it owes.Reporting its quarterly read the full article →

PG&E reaches $13.5bn wildfire settlement. Subrogation payouts closer?

Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E), the wildfire liability California focused electrical utility company, has now agreed the last of its major settlements with wildfire claimants, with a $13.5 billion agreement with individuals removing another hurdle that has stalled subrogation payments from making their way to beneficiaries.PG&E has agreed a $13.5 read the full article →

PG&E’s wildfire subrogation settlement may benefit some ILS funds

The recent announcement from Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) of an insurance subrogation settlement totalling $11 billion may eventually provide some benefit to ILS funds that were exposed to losses from certain 2017 and 2018 California wildfire events.PG&E's equipment and infrastructure has been deemed liable for a number of the 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 →