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Patti Poppe: Navigating PG&E Through Climate Disruption

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As the CEO of PG&E, Patti Poppe is charged with navigating the company through epic wildfires, disrupted energy markets, and lingering public distrust of the utility. The company is undergrounding 10,000 miles of electric lines, working with GM and Ford on incorporating EV batteries into homes and the grid, deploying batteries at large power plants, and pushing to change net metering rates that pay homeowners for electricity generated on their roofs.

In 2006, PG&E was perceived to be one of the most progressive utilities in the country. They supported California’s landmark climate law AB 32, and a few years later, quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate action. But recently, a string of self-imposed disasters has damaged the company’s image and public trust. A company gas line exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people, and failure of PG&E equipment caused a rash of deadly wildfires — Butte, Tubbs, Camp, Kincade and Dixie — killing 113 people and burning nearly 1.5 million acres. The company’s 2019 bankruptcy was the largest ever for a U.S. utility.

Climate One welcomes you back for our first in-person event at the Commonwealth Club. Join PG&E CEO Patti Poppe and Climate One host Greg Dalton for a radio and podcast discussion of what one of the country’s largest utilities is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a time of turmoil in energy markets and accelerating climate impacts in the American West.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. For online viewing, pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated. Guest must show proof of full vaccination with photo I.D.
• Masks are encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
• In-person capacity is limited.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Thu, Jul 21 / 6:00 pm PDT

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

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Patricia Poppe


Image - Greg Dalton

Greg Dalton

Founder & Host, Climate One


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
(all times PDT)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers