This webinar explored the barriers and opportunities to electrifying California’s homes and buildings. With a focus on lower-income residents and economically-challenged businesses, speakers addressed both political and financial solutions that can help the state transition to clean, healthy homes and buildings.
Senator Josh Becker is a public policy innovator working at the nexus of community activism, technology and social justice. Elected to the State Senate in November 2020, Senator Becker represents the residents of California’s 13th Senate District, which comprises most of San Mateo County and the northern part of Santa Clara County.
Energy Equity Program Manager, Greenlining Institute
Fatima Abdul-Khabir (she/her/hers) is the Energy Equity Program Manager at the Greenlining Institute. Growing up in a small Southern California desert town, Fatima has witnessed firsthand the environmental impacts that low-income communities and communities of color face: drought, extreme heat events, and poor air quality. She’s also seen the transformative effect of community water-saving efforts and how one house installing solar panels can start a chain reaction around the neighborhood. Fatima believes in achieving a just transition to clean energy by spotlighting communities of color and their needs in the decarbonization movement. She works in the Climate Equity team to further equitable energy policies and programs in California and beyond. In her previous role as a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Fatima supported state and federal programs with energy-efficient product procurement and renewable energy acquisition initiatives.
Senior Manager of Public Sector Services, Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Anthony works directly with Silicon Valley Clean Energy member jurisdictions and others on advancing decarbonization programs, projects, and policies. Prior to joining SVCE, Anthony worked for decades at the City of Morgan Hill on a wide variety of environmental programs, administrative issues, and utility services. Anthony graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning.
Senior Regulatory and Policy Specialist, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Beckie is a Senior Regulatory and Policy Specialist at the Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC), where she leads BDC’s engagements in California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission proceedings and focuses on supporting policy to accelerate the building decarbonization market. Prior to joining the BDC, Beckie worked on energy programs for Community Choice Aggregators for nearly ten years, working both at MCE and most recently at East Bay Community Energy. Beckie has worked at both the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, in addition to overseeing Distributed Energy Resources programs at the Center for Sustainable Energy.
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