september, 2018

11sep(sep 11)8:00 am12(sep 12)12:00 pmPractitioner’s Workshops: Removing Carbon, Increasing Equity, and Maintaining Economic Prosperity8:00 am - 12:00 pm (12) California Public Utilities Commission Auditorium Event Organized By: California Public Utilities Commission Event Type:Adaptation,Gender,Renewable Energy,Resilience,TechnologyAudience:Invite Only


Event Details

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a series of practitioner workshops to highlight concrete actions that implement and manifest in real ways the goals implied in the Under 2 MOU. The CPUC, CEC, and CARB are poised to share their efforts and trends for decarbonizing in the building, electric and transportation industries, while also inviting other regulators and agencies who manage programs to highlight their best practices and achievements. These California agencies are already frequently contacted by foreign delegations, other states, and federal regulators to provide briefings on state efforts in this arena. The workshops will serve as a sidebar during the summit where California’s leaders from the CPUC, CEC, and CARB can share stories of tangible progress and best management practices alongside the many successes from other governments.

September 11, 2018

8:00am – 8:30am: Coffee/Networking


8:30 am – 8:35 am: Welcome from Alice Stebbins, Executive Director, California Public Utilities Commission


8:35 am – 8:45 am: Opening Remarks by President Picker, California Public Utilities Commission


8:45 am – 9:45 am: Panel 1 – Convergence: Decarbonization, Decentralization, and Digitization

  • The global energy sector is transforming rapidly. With this transition, consumers are finding they have more choice and more chances to manage their energy usage, but also more opportunities to consume energy. The convergence of the Internet of Things and overall greater digitization of our lifestyles coupled with decentralized energy resources presents robust opportunity for decarbonization. Greater control over the generation-to-consumption chain provides chances to improve sustainability and energy efficiency. This is where developing the right regulatory framework to maximize these benefits in the face of innovation and shifting technology is critical.
  • What are the regulatory strategies that can best accelerate decarbonization, without impinging on reliability or affordability?
  • Featuring President Michael Picker, CPUC; Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice President Research, Technology & Innovation, ENGIE

9:45 am – 10:45 am: Panel 2 – Optimizing the Low Carbon Grid

  • Integrating zero-carbon resources into the grid present both opportunities and challenges. Planning for resource adequacy with these resources requires greater flexibility in planning and reforming pricing mechanisms to recognize the value these resources can provide, among other considerations. This panel will explore flexible approaches that have been implemented to encourage integration of these zero carbon resources into the grid.
  • What approaches to flexibility have been implemented by California and beyond to encourage integration of these zero carbon resources into the grid?
  • Featuring Commissioner Liane Randolph, CPUC;  Chairman Danner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission; Stacey Crowley, Vice-President Regional and Federal Affairs, California Independent System Operator

10:45 am – 11:45 am: Panel 3 – Energy Efficiency

  • Energy efficiency – avoiding the wasteful use of energy to meet customer and industry needs – has a long history of success in the U.S. and other regions. This panel will explore how the use of clean electricity to displace fossil fuels for heating and other building purposes is beginning to reshape the energy efficiency space.
  • What happens when the low-hanging fruit recedes? What new policies can capture a much larger fraction of cost-effective energy efficiency?
  • Featuring Commissioner Carla Peterman, CPUC;  Commissioner Andrew McAllister, CEC

11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Closing Remarks by Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

September 12, 2018

8:00am – 8:30am: Coffee/Networking


8:30 am – 8:45 am: Opening Remarks by Chair Weisenmiller, California Energy Commission


8:45 am – 9:45 am: Panel 1 – Financing Clean Energy Technologies

  • The upfront capital costs of renewable and other clean energy are frequently an impediment to deploying these carbon-free or low-carbon technologies. Although the overall capital costs of renewable energy projects have dropped dramatically since the early 2000s, lenders may be hesitant to finance some of these projects because of the upfront, significant capital infrastructure investments required, some of these technologies due to their   high capital costs and regulatory uncertainty, unless they can prove a dedicated revenue stream for debt service. Further, the uncertainty around financial incentives, such as the production tax credit and investment tax credit, under the current administration and Congress has resulted in a chilling effect on the industry. This panel will explore the role policy can play in building financeable projects, and also the ever-growing need for public-private partnerships in climate finance to leverage existing public dollars for clean energy projects.
  • In the face of regulatory uncertainty and rapidly changing technology, how do we continue to finance nascent and existing clean energy technologies? How do we commercialize these technologies?
  • Featuring Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance, Office of the Governor of New York;  Dan Adler, Vice-President, Policy, Energy Foundation

9:45 am – 10:45 am: Panel 2 – Climate Adaptation and Resiliency

  • Climate change is intensifying weather events, and we are seeing increased severity and frequency of climate-related events. Globally, we are experiencing dramatic changes in temperatures, sea level rise, drought, coastal storm surges, and wildfires that, among other impacts, cause undue strain on transformers, increased line losses between electric generators and load, and increased overall electric demand. Substantial efforts are being undertaken to increase grid resiliency through the hardening of infrastructure, increased coordination efforts, and deployment of new technologies, including distributed energy resources. Similarly, jurisdictions continue to increase adaptation efforts through the assessment of and planning for system vulnerabilities.
  • What direct actions can governments take to strengthen climate adaptation and resiliency?
  • Featuring Commissioner Rechtschaffen, CPUC;  Chairman Robert Weisenmiller, CEC

10:45 am – 11:45 am: Panel 3 – Women in Clean Energy

  • Women are key contributors to the rapidly evolving clean energy landscape. This panel will engage women leaders, who are transforming the U.S. energy sector by advocating for and implementing solutions that reduce emissions.
  • How have these women shaped the clean energy landscape and what are their lessons learned?
  • Featuring Commissioner Guzman Aceves, CPUC; Commissioner Karen Douglas, CEC; Abby Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association; Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association; panel moderated by Emily Kirsch, Co-Founder and CEO, Powerhouse.

11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Closing Remarks by Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board



11 (Tuesday) 8:00 am - 12 (Wednesday) 12:00 pm


California Public Utilities Commission Auditorium

505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco CA


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