Tackling Climate Change: Deployment & Policy for Renewable Energy.
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Business & Policy
When the gas and power company PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2019, the Wall Street Journal dubbed it “The first climate-change bankruptcy.” California’s largest utility was overwhelmed by rapid climatic changes as a prolonged drought dried out much of the state and decimated forests, dramatically increasing the risk of fire.
PG&E’s case makes it clear that companies must consider climate change’s sudden, and potentially unexpected, impacts to their value chains. This panel discusses pressing questions surrounding physical risks, increased price volatility of materials and product risks due to sudden unreliability and the emergence of alternative options.
Director of Technology Development
Massachusetts Clean Energy Council
Science and Technology Policy Fellow
US Department of Energy
Director of Energy Policy and Programs
City of Boston
Office of the Mayor
Principal, Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory