As California continues to experience the impacts of climate change, utilities are taking action to build a more climate-resilient energy network. Utilities in California face an increasing amount of risk due to extreme weather events driven by climate change including heat waves, more frequent and extreme storms and wildfires, drought, subsidence, and rising sea levels.
PG&E is the largest electric and gas utility in the nation, serving 16 million customers. Drought effects 100% of the PG&E service territory and the region is experiencing higher temperatures, increased wildfire risk, and a longer wildfire season. In less than a decade, the percentage of PG&E’s service area in a High Fire Threat District grew from 15 percent to over 50 percent. Today, nearly one-third of the electric lines that serve PG&E’s customers are now in High Fire-Threat Districts.
Adapting to the changing risks involves understanding the impacts of climate change on businesses, customers, and communities. Carla Peterman, PG&E’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, will share PG&E’s efforts to assess system-wide climate vulnerability, address climate risks, and engage stakeholders and communities in climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions.
Carla J. Peterman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for PG&E Corporation, the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
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