Taking Over PG&E

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Mon, 11/26/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
bas-relief from PG&E Substation in SF, CA, site of fires
Johanna Bozuwa of the Democracy Collaborative


Bill Resnick interviews Johanna Bozuwa, Research Associate at the Democracy Collaborative, about how public ownership of electric utilities can help avert climate catastrophe and promote energy democracy, and how the California wildfires and PG&E’s culpability have increased the potential for communities taking over the utility so as to make it serve human needs instead of investor returns.  She also discusses these issues in her article  “PG&E: Don’t break it up. Take it over.”

image by Beyond My Ken - via wikimedia commons  The PG&E Mission Substation,  at 1200-36 Mission Street in San Francisco, California, was built in 1948 and features two bas-reliefs, called "Power and Light," on its 8th Street facade by Robert B. Howard. The substation has been the site of fires which caused electrical outages in 2003, 2005 and 2017. 




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