Loretta Lynch

Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Loretta Lynch has a long career as an attorney, public servant, and expert on energy policy. As President of the California Public Utilities Commission from 2000 through 2002 and Commissioner until January 2005, Lynch was an early critic of energy deregulation and strident advocate for the protection of ratepayers and against corruption. After her term at the PUC, Lynch taught at the Goldman School for Public Policy and was an Executive Fellow at UC Berkeley.  

Prior to her appointment to the CPUC,  Lynch was the director of Governor Davis’ Office of Planning and Research. She served as a partner in the litigation firm of Keker & Van Nest before entering the public service, and has worked in key roles in a number of statewide and national political campaigns. Lynch has worked as class action counsel for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Currently, she consults with community, labor and environmental organizations on regulatory matters. She holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California and J.D. from Yale University.

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The 2018 Camp Fire was one of the most destructive in California’s history, resulting in over eighty deaths and destroying the town of Paradise. Dry weather and hot winds fanned the flames - but the spark that lit them came from a faulty transmission line.

“This was literally a 98-year-old line that runs through a national forest,” says Russell Gold of The Wall Street Journal. “PG&E is not even 100% sure when the last time they inspected that tower was. 

Fast, Fair and Clean: The New Energy Transition

Hopes and expectations are high for President Biden’s first weeks in office. His recovery plans promise to take on COVID-19, a battered economy, and a rapid clean energy transition in a way that doesn’t leave communities behind. But Navajo Nation, which until recently was home to the largest coal-fired power plant in the U.S., has been left out of economic and energy plans for a long time.