Damaged power lines are a leading cause of wildfires around the world and serve as a significant vulnerability to the service providers who operate them. The cost of upgrading and repairing transmission and distribution lines is high, but costs related to the legal liabilities faced by these entities in the face of a wildfire can be enormous and, therefore, can majorly impact the credit risk of utilities debt issuers.
In this episode of Fixed on ESG, Taylor Chatlos, ESG Specialist, and Maxwell Hausle, U.S. Investment Grade Credit Research Analyst, provide an in depth look into how utilities providers balance the mitigation of wildfire risks with rate increases for customers, the litigation risks that providers could face if found liable for damages, and the consequential impact on credit quality for utilities issuers that are found culpable. Get our insights on what debt investors need to consider when it comes to these issuances and why deep credit research analysis and active, fixed-income strategies can help investors make more informed choices.
Recorded on August 29, 2023.