How Climate Broke California’s Biggest Utility
Tom Dalzell, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245
Alex Ghenis, Disability and Climate Change Specialist
Dian Grueneich, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Loretta Lynch, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
JD Morris, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Mark Toney, Executive Director, The Utility Reform Network
Laura Wisland, Senior Manager of Western States Energy, the Union of Concerned Scientists
Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One
PG&E has had a bad 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 energy and utility experts Tom Dalzell, Alex Ghenis, Dian Grueneich, Loretta Lynch, J.D. Morris, Mark Toney, and Laura Wisland for a discussion on the future of investor-owned utilities, renewable power, and winners and losers in an energy market hammered by climate disruption.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
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