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PG&E Bankruptcy Puts California Renewable Energy Goals At Risk

Peter Merholz, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2767657
PG&E yard in San Francisco

Pacific Gas and Electric, the primary utility provider in the Central Valley, filed for bankruptcy last month leaving questions about what this means for California’s renewable energy industry. Many renewable energy companies contract with PG&E, but as the company’s assets are examined, those contracts could be changed. This could also affect the state’s ability to rely on 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

At the same time, changes may be on the way for management of another resource: water. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation came out with a new biological opinion last week regarding the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.

Listen to the interview with KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer to hear how renewable energy companies are trying to protect themselves, and to find out what the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s opinion could mean.

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.
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