Here's the background: PG&E has been widely criticized for their activities and poor safety record, that was revealed all too painfully in the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. That explosion killed eight human beings and destroyed countless homes of local residents. The utility giant's response to the tragedy was widely panned too.
The explosion came at a bad time for PG&E politically. Editorial boards around the state were already upset at the giant utility for its "cynical power play" at the ballot box. PG&E had spent millions lubing the political loins for a "fraudulent initiative" to take away the ability of customers to contract with plucky solar startups. The papers were uniform in condemning the political and campaign chutzpah of PG&E.