California Climate Policy Summit 2024 Agenda, Slides, and Transcripts

Plenary Session

Plenary Panel Slides

Breakout Sessions

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California’s Energy Future

The Distributed Energy Resources RevolutionModerator: Allie Detrio, Microgrid Resources Coalition

Cisco DeVries, OhmConnect

Erin Weber Kiel, Sunnova

Crystal Huang, People Power Solar Cooperative

Panel transcript

Cisco DeVries slides (PDF)
Erin Weber Kiel slides (PDF)
Crystal Huang slides (PDF)
Virtual Power Plants for a Climate-Safe Electricity GridModerator: Avery McEvoy, RMI

Alexandra McGee, MCE

Peter Asmus, Uplight

Raghav Murali, Power Flex
Panel transcript

Avery McEvoy slides (PDF)
Alexandra McGee slides (PDF)
Peter Asmus slides (PDF)
Raghav Murali slides (PDF)
Using Bidirectional Electric Vehicles to Keep the Lights On
Moderator: Zach Woogen, Vehicle-Grid Integration Council

John Sarter, dcbel

Rachel Zook, Nuvve

Samuel Goda, Kaluza
Panel transcript

Zach Woogen slides (PDF)
John Sarter slides (PDF)
Rachel Zook slides (PDF)
Samuel Goda slides (PDF)

Phasing Out Polluting Fuels

Oil & Gas Extraction in California – Managing the Decline
Moderator: Luis Angel Martinez, Fossil Free California

Kayla Karimi, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

Jason Pfeifle, Center for Biological Diversity

Jasmine Vazin, Sierra Club
Panel transcript

Luis Angel Martinez, Kayla Karimi, Jason Pfeifle, and Jasmine Vazin slides (PDF)
California Refineries: Obstacles and Challenges to Full DecommissioningModerator: Elena Krieger, Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy

Norman Rogers, United Steelworkers, Local 675

Julia May, Communities for a Better Environment

Davina Hurt, California Air Resources Board

Panel transcript

Julia May slides (PDF)
Norman Rogers slides (PDF)
Achieving a Managed Transition Away from Fossil FuelsModerator: Ilonka Zlatar, Oil and Gas Action Network

Norman Rogers, United Steelworkers, Local 675

Vincent Thivierge, UC Berkeley

Quentin Gee, California Energy Commission
Panel transcript

Norman Rogers slides (PDF)

Natural Carbon Removal

Carbon Dioxide Removal: Science, Strategies, and SafeguardsModerator: Ellie Cohen, The Climate Center

Vikrum Aiyer, Heirloom Carbon

Dan Ress, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

Kimberley Mayfield, Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory

Panel transcript

Vikrum Aiyer slides (PDF)

Dan Ress slides (PDF)

Kimberley Mayfield slides (PDF)
The Climate and Agriculture Nexus: Challenges and OpportunitiesModerator: Jamie Fanous, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Colton Fagundes, California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN)

Elena Bischak, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD)

Senator Melissa Hurtado, California State Senate

Panel transcript

Colton Fagundes slides (PDF)

Elena Bischak slides (PDF)
A Conversation About Indigenous Leadership on Nature-Based SolutionsModerator: Sydney Mills Farhang, Running Strong For American Indian Youth

Alfred Melbourne, Three Sisters Gardens
Panel transcript

Alfred Melbourne slides (

Critical Policy Reforms for 2024

Climate Change Impacts on WaterModerator: Susan Longville, The Climate Center

Felicia Marcus, Stanford University

Juliette Hart, PhD., Pathways Climate Institute

Justine Massey, Community Water Center
Panel transcript

Felicia Marcus slides (PDF)

Juliette Hart, PhD. slides (PDF)

Justine Massey slides (PDF)
How to Improve California’s Cap and Trade ProgramModerator: Michael Wara, Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment

Jasmin Ansar, The Climate Center

Vanessa Carter Fahnestock, University of Southern California Equity Research Institute

Amee Raval, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Panel transcript

Jasmin Ansar slides (PDF)

Vanessa Carter Fahnestock slides (PDF)
Perspectives on Updating the Low Carbon Fuel StandardModerator: Michael Wara, Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment

Sasan Saadat, Earthjustice

Phoebe Seaton, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Cheryl Laskowski, PhD., Cheryl Laskowski Consulting
Panel transcript

Sasan Saadat slides (PDF)

Phoebe Seaton slides (PDF)

Cheryl Laskowski slides (PDF)