Topic & Speaker List

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  • How Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs change the game
  • Business opportunities in the Community Choice Energy market
  • Storage and distributed generation: driving down demand charges
  • Sonoma Clean Power & Marin Clean Energy programs, policies and rates that support business and residential customers
  • Integrating renewables into the Smart Grid
  • Leveraging distributed generation for more grid resilience
  • Equity: spreading the benefits of clean power throughout the community
  • Community Choice Energy programs: critical policy issues, different models, accelerating adoption
  • Financing: local models that drive success
  • Microgrid applications: existing pilots, future possibilities
  • Making demand response and local energy efficiency programs more effective
  • Electric vehicles: building charging infrastructure



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Clean Coalition
LEAN Energy US
Marin Clean Energy
Sonoma County Green Business Program
Strategic Energy Innovations


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Featured Speaker


Jigar Shah

Clean Energy Entrepreneur, Carbon War Room CEO, founder SunEdison, author Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy

Featured Speaker


Geof Syphers

CEO, Sonoma Clean Power; former Chief Sustainability Officer, Codding Enterprises; founding Director of Sustainable Buildings and Communities, KEMA Energy & Sustainability


Stephen Kelley

Senior Vice President of Sales, Green Charge Networks, Solar industry leadership at SoCore Energy, DRI Energy and SunPower, Sales Management at Solectron, Oracle, Visa, and IBM

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Martha Amram

Co-Founder and CEO, WattzOn. Senior Fellow, Milken Institute. Executive Board Member, Sloan School of Management, MIT. Previous titles: CEO, Vocomo Software; Chief Economist, PLX Systems; Co-Founder, Glaze Creek Partners.

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Rob Kelly

Senior Project Developer, SolarCity – America’s largest solar power provider. Currently developing over 200MW’s highly distributed solar for housing on 12 military bases. Led Arizona Solar Schools project.

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Harry Hobbs

Director of Engineering, InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco. Prior executive positions: Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Sun Microsystems, Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc., Able Building Maintenance, and Marvell Semiconductor.

Shawn Marshall

Shawn Marshall

Founder and Executive Director, LEAN Energy US; Served on local task force that became Marin Clean Energy; Former City Council Member, Mill Valley, CA


Mark Higgins

Senior Director, California Energy Storage Alliance and Strategen Consulting, Former Director of California utility PV development, Sun Edison, PG&E’s lead, transmission planning and interconnection regulatory work at CAISO/FERC

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Brad Bollinger

Publisher, North Bay Business Journal. Former Business Editor, The Press Democrat. Chairman, North Bay Leadership Council. Board of Directors, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Empire College, and Sonoma County Alliance.

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Mark Toney

Executive Director, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow

John Kalb

John Kalb

Founder, EV Charging Pros
Board of Directors, Charge Across Town, City Car Share and California EV Alliance

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Strela Cervas

Co-Coordinator, Energy and Climate Justice Program, California Environmental Justice Alliance. Board of Directors and Former Organizer, Pilipino Workers’ Center. Facilitates community trainings to make obscure energy topics more accessible.

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Amy Rider

Program Manager, Sonoma Clean Power. Responsible for designing and managing education and incentive programs. Former Knowledge Manager and Service Line Leader at DNV GL – a multi-national energy consulting firm.


David Erickson

Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission, Former Project Manager, Renewable Energy Secure Community Project

Liz Yager

Liz Yager

Manager of the Energy and Sustainability Division of the County of Sonoma; manages program areas of the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program, internal county sustainability initiatives, and the $8 million county utility budget.

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Randy Palombi

Vice President, Load Response, Constellation. Over 25 years working in the California energy markets. Prior prominent positions: APX, eLoyalty, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Consulting and Sempra Utilities.

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David Maino

Associate Principal and Project Manager, Integral Group. Architectural engineer focusing on electrical engineering to design highly efficient electrical, lighting, and renewable energy systems for buildings.


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Featured Speaker


David Hochschild

Commissioner California Energy Commission, co-founder of Vote Solar and former director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers

Featured Speaker

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Robyn Beavers

Robyn Beavers, Founder, Station A Group & SVP NRG Energy; Founder Google’s Green Business and Operations Strategy Group.

Jeff Byron

Jeff Byron

Member, Band of Angels and Co-Chair, Cleantech Open National Board. Former California Energy Commissioner. Former Energy Director at Oracle.


Jaime Tuckey

Communications Director, MCE Clean Energy, County of Marin’s Community Development Agency, Former Planner, City of San Luis Obispo’s Community Development Department

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Dr. Faramarz Maghsoodlou

Director of Energy Solutions, Connected Energy Network, Cisco. Over 28 years of experience in the energy and IT industries, including past work with ABB, Sun Microsystems, KEMA, and OATI.

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John Berdner

Director, Global Regulatory Compliance, Enphase Energy. Member, California’s Smart Inverter Working Group. Over 30 years PV industry experience and 20 years Codes and Standards development.

Greg Thomson

Greg Thomson

Director of Programs, Clean Coalition; Leading initiatives in the advanced energy industry; Extensive advanced product development with Comcast and other Fortune 100 companies

Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson

Executive Vice President – Chief Credit Officer, New Resource Bank. Oversees lending with sustainability-oriented businesses including clean tech and green building. Long history in community banking and sustainability.

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Mark Perutz

Partner, DBL Investors. Board of Directors, Revolution Foods and RallyPoint. Former Bay Area Equity Fund Manager, JPMorgan. Past work with: SolarCity, Tesla Motors, Primus Power, NexTracker, PowerLight, eMeter, Bentek, Interwoven, and Accenture.

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Charlotte MacAusland

Sales and Marketing Associate, DC Systems – develops Smart Grid software for utilities, grid operators, large energy users, and power generators. Former Retail & Marketing Intern, Microsoft. Former Analyst, China Market Research Group.

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Chris Cone

Program Director, Efficiency First California – a nonprofit trade association for the California home performance industry. Former Energy Efficiency Implementation Manager, Climate Protection Campaign. Former Manager, Solar Sonoma County.

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Drake Welch

Vice President – Customer Care, Noble Americas Energy Solutions. Provides Data Management Services for Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power.

Mike Harrigan

Mike Harrigan

Senior Program Manager – EV Adoption & Infrastructure, Bay Area Climate Collaborative. Managed EV programs at City CarShare, NRG Energy, Coulomb Technologies, Atieva and Tesla Motors.

Richard Lowenthal

Richard Lowenthal

Founder and Chief Technical Officer, ChargePoint. Startups: Lightera, Pipal Systems, Procket Networks. Past executive roles: Cisco, StrataCom, Stardent Computers, Convergent Technologies. Former Mayor, Cupertino, CA.


Ted Merendino

Business Development Manager, Stationary Energy Storage systems, Tesla Motors. B.S., USC Marshall School of Business.

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Brooke Anderson

Member, Movement Generation Justice & Ecology staff collective. Spearheading “Climate Workers” project, a grassroots labor movement for Bay Area climate justice. Extensive history in union organizing and worker rights.

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David Worthington

Fleet Manager, County of Sonoma, CA – one of largest government plug-in electric vehicle fleets in US; listed in “Top 40 Government Green Fleets” and “100 Best Fleets in North America.” Board member, East Bay Clean Cities Coalition.

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Colin Miller

Program Manager, Bay Localize and Local Clean Energy Alliance. Worked with Clean Power, Healthy Communities conference; Greenlining Institute; Urban Habitat; Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; and Oakland Climate Action Coalition.