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CITRIS Research Exchange: Sumeet Singh on California’s Energy Future

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Talk Title: “PG&E’s Approach to Balance Resiliency, Reliability, Decarbonization and Climate Change”

Speaker: Sumeet Singh, Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Interim Chief Safety Officer, PG&E

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Abstract: PG&E is committed to California’s vision of a sustainable energy future. This includes the company’s support for the state’s implementation of SB 100 and carbon neutrality by 2045 in a reliable and cost-effective manner for its customers. PG&E is doing its part to transition California to a decarbonized and climate-resilient economy while combating the effects of climate change, which has resulted in a dramatic increase in wildfire risk in PG&E’s service area. This requires an integrated multilayered wildfire mitigation strategy that combines core resiliency programs such as system hardening and weather-driven operational mitigations that are responsive to changing conditions — while also balancing reliability for customers.

Sumeet Singh. Speaker Bio: Sumeet Singh serves as executive vice president, chief risk officer and interim chief safety officer at PG&E, overseeing the company’s integrated workforce health and safety strategy, its safety culture, and management of both operational risks such as natural disasters and nonoperational risks such as cybersecurity. He has held a number of leadership roles within PG&E, including the senior vice president, chief risk officer, and vice president of asset management and the community wildfire safety program, and vice president of portfolio management and engineering and vice president of asset and risk management in PG&E’s Gas Operations. He has also served as the gas safety and integrity officer at Picarro Inc. Singh holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA. He is a registered professional civil engineer in the state of California and serves on the board of Stiles Hall, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income students of color excel in education.

About the Series: CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry and civic leaders. Free and open to the public, these seminars feature leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Presentations take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. PT. Have an idea for a great talk? Please feel free to suggest potential speakers for our series.

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