BERKELEY (CBS13) – A UC Berkley utility expert says PG&E rates could skyrocket if the utility causes any more devastating wildfires in the state.

In a memo to the governor, Steven Weissman says rates would have to double and continue to grow year after year if California continues to get hit with massive wildfires.

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The problems wouldn’t end there. Wiessman says if electricity rates skyrocket, high-energy costs would put California businesses at a disadvantage.

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The sale of electric vehicles would slow as gasoline became cheaper than electricity we

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More frequent and longer power outage could also happen, Weissman says.