Currents is PG&E’s external news website. Launched in 2011, Currents provides news, information and commentary about the wide array of issues that connect PG&E with the communities it serves throughout Northern and Central California. Whether it’s about delivering gas and electricity to customers today, a discussion of clean energy tomorrow, or how PG&E helps schools or nonprofit organizations in your city, you’ll find it here.
Currents offers comprehensive and timely original stories on important and interesting issues from inside one of the nation’s largest utilities. The site also calls attention to stories and material elsewhere that affect PG&E and the 15 million people it serves. As part of the community where PG&E customers — and its 20,000 employees — live or work, Currents also spotlights local stories about what PG&E is doing in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa or wherever you call home.
In addition to news content, readers also will find PG&E’s perspective on important issues, so you can put them in context and understand PG&E’s viewpoint.
We’ve worked to design a site that’s easy to navigate with many different options for learning about these important issues. You’ll find videos, photos and graphics in addition to our written stories.
Meet Our Staff
David Kligman, editor
David Kligman is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Currents and covers PG&E issues and stories throughout Northern California. A former journalist, Kligman spent seven years as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in Louisville, Ky., Fresno and San Francisco. He later worked in marketing communications for Delta Dental Plan of California and spent 10 years in employee communications for the Automobile Club of America. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. One of his favorite Currents stories was covering PG&E’s involvement in a San Jose ceremony to honor Japanese-American World War II veterans. You can contact him at David.Kligman@pge.com.
Tracy Correa Lopez, writer
Tracy Correa Lopez covers PG&E issues and stories throughout Central California, including the Central Coast. A 20-year newspaper veteran, Correa spent 15 years at The Fresno Bee where she was part of an investigative team and won several state and national awards for her work. She also worked at The (Riverside) Press Enterprise, The Hanford Sentinel and the Fresno Business Journal. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fresno State. One of her favorite Currents stories was about the tight-knit crew of people who live and work at PG&E’s Helms Pumped Storage Plant, some 7,000 feet high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can contact her at Tracy.Correa@pge.com.
James Green, videographer
James Green shoots and creates video stories from throughout PG&E’s vast 70,000-square-mile service area. Prior to his work at PG&E, Green produced video content for Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Chevron, Cisco Systems, NetApp, Comcast, Xerox and Amazon.com. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley. At Currents, Green has enjoyed snorkeling with biologists from PG&E and California Department of Fish & Game during an annual count of spring-run Chinook salmon as well as flying with PG&E hydrographers to conduct snow pack surveys in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can contact him at J6G0@pge.com.
Chip Buchanan, multimedia content producer
Chip’s role on the Currents team includes photo editing, infographic design and video production. He began at PG&E in 2010 in the Online Communications group as a designer for the pge.com site. Prior to joining the company, he worked for several tech industry news sites, including ZDNet, C|Net, and eWEEK.com. He earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from MIT in 1994, and attended a graduate program at Boston University where he earned a Master’s in creative writing. One of his favorite Currents features is the By the Numbers infographic series, which bring PG&E to light as part of the rich and colorful history of California.
Matt Nauman, Currents founder
Matt Nauman joined PG&E’s Media Relations department in 2009 after more than 20 years as an editor and reporter at the San Jose Mercury News. He was named editor of Currents and helped create the website. Nauman is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He worked at newspapers in North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee before moving to California. He has been a PG&E customer for more than 20 years. His favorite Currents story was a profile of Jim Adams, PG&E’s first staff biologist and a life-long fisherman who is a member of the California Outdoors Hall of Fame. You can contact him at Matt.Nauman@pge.com.
While we’d love for you to become a daily reader of Currents, we also offer a monthly newsletter that recaps our top stories in an email at the end of each month. You’ll find a subscription sign-up form here (free, of course) and on our home page.