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How Climate Broke California’s Biggest Utility

PG&E has had a rough few years. A series of record-breaking wildfires culminating with 2018’s devastating Camp Fire propelled the California utility giant into lawsuits, $30 billion in liabilities and ultimately bankruptcy. Under new state laws, regulated utilities will have a hard time avoiding blame in fires where their equipment is involved—so what’s ahead for PG&E’s peers and their shareholders when a deadly blaze could spell bankruptcy? What happens when the California dream of living near nature is in direct conflict with disruptive tragedies fueled by climate change?

Join us with wildfire and energy experts for a discussion on the future of investor-owned utilities, renewable power, and winners and losers in an energy market hammered by climate disruption.  

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PG&E - California’s Biggest Utility
April 18, 2019

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

Speakers
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Alex Ghenis

Disability and Climate Change Specialist

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Dian Grueneich

Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

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Loretta Lynch

Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

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JD Morris

Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

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Hunter Stern

Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245

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Mark Toney

Executive Director, The Utility Reform Network

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Laura Wisland

Senior Manager of Western States Energy, the Union of Concerned Scientists

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One

Format

6 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program
7:30 p.m. networking reception