As previously disclosed in PG&E Corporation and the Utility’s joint Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020,
the cause of the 2020 Zogg fire remains under investigation by Cal Fire, and PG&E Corporation and the Utility are cooperating with its investigation. The Utility has continued to investigate the potential causes and scope of the 2020 Zogg fire.
PG&E does not have access to the evidence in the possession of Cal Fire or other third parties. PG&E has gathered evidence not collected by Cal Fire or third parties and has analyzed equipment data and new information about the structures
affected by the 2020 Zogg fire.
Based on the current state of the law concerning inverse c
ondemnation in California and the facts and circumstances available to PG&E Corporation and
the Utility as of the date of this filing, including the information gathered as part of PG&E Corporation and the Utility’s investigation, PG&E Corporation and the Utility believe it is probable that they will incur a loss in connection with
the 2020 Zogg fire and accordingly expect to record an estimated pre-tax charge in the amount of $275 million for the quarter ending December 31, 2020 (before available insurance).
This expected charge corresponds to the lower end of the range of PG&E Corporation and the Utility’s reasonably estimable range of losses, and is
subject to change based on additional information, which change could occur prior to the filing of PG&E Corporation and the Utility’s joint Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ending December 31, 2020 (the “Form 10-K”). This $275 million
expected charge does not include, among other things: (i) any amounts for potential penalties or fines that may be imposed by governmental entities on PG&E Corporation or the Utility, (ii) any punitive damages, (iii) any amounts in respect of
compensation claims by federal, state, county and local government entities or agencies other than state fire suppression costs, or (iv) any other amounts that are not reasonably estimable.
PG&E Corporation and the Utility currently believe that it is reasonably possible that the amount of the loss will be greater than $275 million and
are unable to reasonably estimate the additional loss and the upper end of the range because there are a number of unknown facts and legal considerations that may impact the amount of any potential liability, including the total scope and nature of
claims that may be asserted against PG&E Corporation and the Utility. PG&E Corporation and the Utility intend to continue to review the available information and other information as it becomes available, including evidence in Cal Fire’s
possession, evidence from or held by other parties, claims that have not yet been submitted, and additional information about the nature and extent of personal and business property damages and losses, the nature, number and severity of personal
injuries, and information made available through the discovery process. In particular, PG&E Corporation and the Utility have not had access to all of the evidence obtained by Cal Fire or other third parties.
In July 2020, and through additional purchases in August 2020, the Utility renewed its liability insurance coverage for wildfire events in the amount of
$867.5 million (subject to an initial self-insured retention of $60 million), comprised of $825 million for the period of August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021 and $42.5 million in reinsurance for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. PG&E
Corporation and the Utility record a receivable for insurance recoveries when it is deemed probable that recovery of a recorded loss will occur and PG&E Corporation and the Utility can reasonably estimate the amount or range. Based on the facts
and circumstances available to PG&E Corporation and the Utility as of the date of this filing, PG&E Corporation and the Utility expect to record a $215 million receivable for probable insurance recoveries in connection with the 2020 Zogg fire
for the quarter ending December 31, 2020, which equals the $275 million expected charge less an initial self-insured retention of $60 million. This amount is subject to change based on additional information, which change could occur prior to the
filing of the Form 10-K. PG&E Corporation and the Utility intend to seek full recovery for all insured losses. If PG&E Corporation and the Utility are unable to recover the full amount of their insurance, PG&E Corporation’s and the
Utility’s financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, and cash flows could be materially affected.
This Current Report on Form 8-K includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the
beliefs, expectations, estimates, future plans and strategies of PG&E Corporation and the Utility, as well as statements related to estimates and other statements related to the 2020 Zogg fire. These statements are based on current expectations
and assumptions, which management believes are reasonable, and on information currently available to management, but are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties. In addition to the risk that these assumptions prove to be inaccurate,
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements include factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation and the Utility’s joint Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
31, 2019, their joint Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020, and their subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PG&E Corporation and the Utility
undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned thereunto
Date: December 11, 2020
/s/ JOHN R. SIMON
John R. Simon
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
Date: December 11, 2020
/s/ DAVID S. THOMASON
David S. Thomason
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Controller
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