Brandy Powell looking at the remains of her home, destroyed by the Camp Fire. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In an effort to prevent future wildfires, California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is requesting a rate increase of almost $2 billion from its customers, CNN reports.

The big picture: The fires that ravaged the state in November were the most destructive ever seen in California. The company is being accused "of negligence and poor maintenance of electrical infrastructure" in a new class action lawsuit, per CNN, which also blames PG&E for the recent deadly Camp Fire. PG&E power lines were linked to 16 of last year's wildfires, Axios' Courtenay Brown reports.

By the numbers: Per CNN, PG&E is requesting $1.1 billion in new revenue in 2020, $454 million in 2021, and $486 million in 2022. In 2020, more than half of that revenue would be put towards a Community Wildfire Safety Program, and the remainder would go towards liability insurance and gas and electric operations.

  • PG&E wants to improve response time to fallen power lines with new technology, and better their weather forecasting models among other steps in order to reducing the threat of a wildfire, per CNN.
  • Customers could see an extra $10 a month on their PG&E bills if the rate hike is approved by the commission.

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President Trump added more pressure Friday night on China-based TikTok parent ByteDance to exit the U.S., ordering it to divest all assets related to the U.S. operation of TikTok within 90 days.

Between the lines: The order means ByteDance must be wholly disentangled from TikTok in the U.S. by November. Trump had previously ordered TikTok banned if ByteDance hadn't struck a deal within 45 days. The new order likely means ByteDance has just another 45 days after that to fully close the deal, one White House source told Axios.

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Harris: "Women are going to be a priority" in Biden administration

Sen. Kamala Harris at an event in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In her first sit-down interview since being named Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris talked about what she'll do to fight for women if elected VP, and how the Democrats are thinking about voter turnout strategies ahead of November.

What they're saying: "In a Biden-Harris administration women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris told The 19th*'s Errin Haines-Whack.