Policy & Regulation

Video: PG&E offers $250k reward for information on Metcalf substation attack

Courtesy of CNN

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), if offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who fired gunshots that caused significant damage to its Metcalf Transmission Substation near San Jose in 2013.

The incident was kept under wraps until Jon Wellinghoff stepped down as FERC Chairman in November and began raising awareness on the attack.

More than 100 bullets were fired into the substation within 20 minutes, knocking out 17 of the 20 transformers.

Although PG&E was able to avoid loss of service, utility workers spent 27 days repairing the damage.

Investigators said the attack started when the assailants removed manhole covers in two places on the Monterey Highway near San Jose to gain access to AT&T cables, which they then severed — cutting off phone service.

Damage was estimated at $16 million, and no arrests have been made.

The company will also invest approximately $100 million over the next three years on substation security for its highest priority facilities.