By Lynsey Paulo
SACRAMENTO – ‘Eggs and energy’ were on the breakfast menu at the historic Governor’s mansion here today (Aug. 23).
California State Senators Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley) and Dr. Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside) met with PG&E President Chris Johns and PG&E employees for a discussion about energy policy and challenges.
PG&E Vice President of Government Relations Ed Bedwell led the session. The two senators sit on the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee.
Wide-ranging topics of discussion included water policy, how to implement AB 32 — California’s landmark climate change legislation — by 2020, and the costs of implementing the state’s renewable energy goals.
While the senators represent opposing parties, they noted that they agree on many issues that come before the Senate Energy committee.
Johns concluded the discussion asking the senators what they believe are the most pressing energy-related issues facing the state legislature today. The lawmakers say maintaining the reliability of the electric grid, how to integrate renewable resources like wind and solar power, and managing costs for ratepayers are top priorities.
Johns also noted the importance of civic engagement by PG&E employees and stakeholders.
Attendees wrapped up the event with a tour of the Governor’s mansion.
PG&E holds similar sessions several times a year, in various locations throughout its service area, to foster ongoing conversations with key leaders in the state.
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