Rachel Peterson

Rachel Peterson

Executive Director
California Public Utilities Commission
United States

Rachel Peterson was appointed Executive Director of the California Public Utilities Commission in January 2021. She leads the Commission’s statewide workforce to accomplish California’s pathbreaking goals in the areas of energy, telecommunications, safety, rail, water, and passenger transportation. California is a dynamic state and the CPUC sets policy and rules for utility services that are essential to modern life – and Rachel has set her sights on two long-range strategic priorities: achieve the Commission’s regulatory mission in the context of climate change, and invest in the Commission’s workforce. She is moving the CPUC toward this vision with effective leadership driven by values. Rachel has worked at the CPUC since 2011 in numerous leadership positions, including chief of staff and advisor to Commissioners, and as an executive in the areas of safety policy and enforcement.

Speaker agenda

1:40 pm
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Lessons learned from California – the regulation of energy utilities in a changing climate

Climate Risk & Resiliency
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2:00 pm
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Managing an increasingly weather dependent system in a changing climate

Climate Risk & Resiliency
Conference
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Conference

Topics to be discussed:

  • Lessons learned from the Summer of 2023-24
  • Planning for uncertainty
  • Striking the balance between the unknown and gold-plating
  • Navigating a changing climate and recent weather trends
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