Business of Local Energy Symposium 2018 presentations

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Workshop Presentations

Aram Shumavon, Co-Founder & CEO, Kevala
Chris Sentieri, Climate Solutions Manager, Blue Strike Environmental

Symposium Presentations

The Climate Center’s Executive Director, Ann Hancock, explains “Power with Purpose.” She is followed by Steve Fleming of River City Bank.

Think Big: What are we here for?
Geof Syphers, Sonoma Clean Power

Keynote Panel: Regulatory and Legislative Challenges and the Dynamic California Energy Market

Moderator: Jeff Byron, Former Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Autumn Burke, Assemblymember 62nd District, California State Assembly
David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Dawn Weisz, Chief Executive Officer, MCE
Mark Ferron, Member Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator
Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Breakout Sessions

Forming CCAs: What You Need to Know
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Moderator: Jeff Fuller, Director, Client Services, The Energy Authority
Gary Saleba, President & CEO, EES Consulting
Jenine Windeshausen, Executive Director of Pioneer Community Energy
Shawn Marshall, Founder, CEO, Local Energy Aggregation Network

Different Business & Governance Models for CCAs
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Moderator: Howard Choy, Owner, Howard Choy Consulting
Jason Caudle, Deputy City Manager, City of Lancaster
Matthew Marshall, CEO, Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Nick Chaset, CEO, East Bay Community Energy

Emerging Opportunities in California
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Moderator: Margaret Bruce, Program Manager, Local Government Commission
Greg Thomson, Clean Coalition>>
Samuel Golding, President, Community Choice Partners
Mike Arndt, Managing Director of Development, Recurrent Energy
Michael Champ, Manager of Finance and Analytics, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Programs: Opportunities for Innovation
Moderator: Woody Hastings, Energy Program Manager, The Climate Center
Kathy Wells, Energy Projects Coordinator, Lancaster Choice Energy

Nelson Lomeli, Program Specialist, Sonoma Clean Power
Meghan Doran, MCE, Manager of Customer Programs Operations

Electrify Everything: CCAs Role in Fuel Switching

Moderator: Rick Brown, President and Board Chairman, TerraVerde Energy
Alice Stover, Manager of Customer Programs, Policy and Planning, MCE
Janice Lin, Founder and CEO, Strategen Consulting
Richard Schorske, Executive Director, ZNE Alliance / EV Alliance
Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Keynote Address: Energy Market Trends and the Future of CCAs

Dr. Dan Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Honoring CCAs
Woody Hastings, The Climate Center

Breakout Panels

Big Data Management: Unlocking the Future of DER

Moderator: Laura Manz, Director, Navigant
Ali Chehrehsaz, TerraVerde Energy, ‎Co-Founder & EVP Operations
Chris Sentieri, Climate Solutions Manager, Blue Strike Environmental
Scott Engstrom, GridX, V.P. Corporate Strategy & Business Development
Tony Choi, CCA Services Director, Calpine Energy Solutions

Financing: From Start-up to Program Financing
Moderator: Tom Habashi, CEO, Monterey Bay Community Power
Lee Feliciano, Director – Business Development, C2 Energy Capital
Russ Branson, Director, Public Financial Management
Steve Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer, River City Bank

Legislative and Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges
Moderator: Greg Bass, Regulatory Director, Calpine Energy Solutions
Emily Pappas, Attorney, Niemela Pappas & Associates
Neal Reardon, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Sonoma Clean Power
Scott Blaising, Attorney, Braun Blaising Smith Wynne, P.C.

Keeping the Community Voice in Community Choice
Erika Morgan, Operations Coordinator, California Alliance for Community Energy
Betony Jones, Principal, Fourth Sector Strategies
Anne Olivia Eldred, Chair, Community Advisory Committee, East Bay Community Energy
Eric Veium, Director, SLO Clean Energy

Central Valley Perspectives on Community Choice
Moderator: Kate Meis, Executive Director, Local Government Commission
Joseph Oldham, Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center
Mike Dozier, Executive Director, CA Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
Mitch Sears, General manager, Valley Clean Energy

Plenary Panel: Energy Democracy

Moderator: Angelina Galiteva, Board Member, California Independent System Operator
Amaris Lujano, Solar Installation Supervisor, GridAlternatives
Denise Fairchild, PhD, President and CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative
Jennifer Kropke, Director of Workforce & Environmental Engagement, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Plenary Panel: Community Choice Leaders Speak Out

Moderator: Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, California Community Choice Association,
Barbara Hale, Assistant General Manager, CleanPower SF
Benjamin Cardenas, Assistant City Manager for the City of Pico Rivera,
Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, Clean Power Alliance of Southern California
Geof Syphers, Chief Executive Officer, Sonoma Clean Power
Jan Pepper, Chief Executive Officer, Peninsula Clean Energy
Jason Caudle, Deputy City Manager, City of Lancaster

Closing remarks
Barry Vesser, The Climate Center