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Edison to pay $24.5-million windstorm-related fine

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SoCal Edison to pay $24.5-million fine for violations related to 2011 windstorms and an electrocution incident

Southern California Edison Co. will pay a $24.5-million fine for regulatory violations related to 2011 windstorms and an electrocution incident in San Bernardino, the state Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday.

The fine came after a multiyear investigation into a Jan. 14, 2011, downed electric transmission line that started a small fire in San Bernardino County and resulted in the electrocution of three family members.

A second incident involved strong winds that uprooted trees and knocked down lines, causing major power outages in the San Gabriel Valley on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Edison will pay $15 million to the state treasury and the rest of the $24.5 million will be spent on public-safety activities, the PUC said.

The utility must also file periodic reports to the commission about its ongoing safety work.

Edison in a statement said that the uncontested settlement with the PUC "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.

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