Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Series: Summer 2020

In preparation for the 2020 wildfire season and associated power shutoffs, organizations across California are exploring opportunities to advance equitable energy resilience solutions amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In order to provide practical information regarding both the immediate need to keep critical facilities powered, as well as long-term opportunities to simultaneously advance local resilience, community health, and climate goals, The Climate Center is hosting a free webinar series. The series will start with sector-specific presentations in June and culminate in a policy summit in August.

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Resilient Schools – Safe Communities

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

In collaboration with the California Solar and Storage Association

In this webinar we will discuss solar plus battery storage applications and microgrids for school and community needs. Learn more >>

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Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This Policy Summit will highlight the latest legislative and regulatory developments related to transitioning to a new California energy infrastructure that is clean, affordable, resilient, equitable, and safe. Learn more >>

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Energy Efficiency and Community Choice Energy: Opportunities for Fresno

Thursday, July 9 at 11am – 12pm

Please join us for this webinar, co-hosted by Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) and The Climate Center, about local weatherization and energy efficiency efforts and Community Choice Energy, the not-for-profit local electricity service option for over 11 million Californians. Fresno is in the process of evaluating this program for its residents and businesses.

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Community Choice Energy for Stockton: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, July 14 at 11am – 12pm

Please join us for this webinar, co-hosted by Rise Stockton and The Climate Center, where the opportunities and challenges of Community Choice Energy for Stockton will be discussed. The City of Stockton is in the process of evaluating Community Choice. Presenters include: Dan Wright, Stockton Vice Mayor,  Jasmine Leek, Executive Director of the Third City Coalition, Woody Hastings, Energy Program Manager and Davis Harper, Stockton Community Outreach Specialist for The Climate Center, Don Bray, Director of Account Services & Community Relations for Silicon Valley Clean Energy, a CCA that launched service in 2016, will share information about SVCE programs that respond to community needs.

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Climate Justice: The California reality and what you can do

Friday, July 17 at 11am – 12pm

Join Katie Valenzuela, Policy and Political Director at the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and Destiny Rodriguez, Community Relations Manager at The Climate Center, for a conversation about climate justice with moderator, CEO Ellie Cohen. After brief presentations, we look forward to an interactive conversation with you about how climate justice is racial justice, and is required to achieve the goals of Climate-Safe California.

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Past Webinars

Community Energy Resilience Series – Microgrids: Backup Power for Business

Presenters Shea Hughes of Scale Microgrid Solutions, Catherine Von Burg of SimpliPhi Power, Chris Ball of Bloom Energy, Carolyn Glanton of Sonoma Clean Power, and Kurt Johnson of The Climate Center.

June 24, 2020

Power shutoffs in 2019 cost California businesses millions of dollars. Battery storage installed for backup purposes can provide value to a business even when the grid is fully functioning.  This webinar will convene industry experts to address the following questions: What are some real-world examples of microgrids? What is possible now from a technical perspective? What is the cost benefit analysis? What kind of financing is available? What is possible now from a legal/regulatory perspective? What are the barriers that are preventing rapid expansion of microgrids? How can those barriers be overcome? Speakers will include representatives from The Climate Center, microgrid vendors, Community Choice Energy agencies and the Clean Coalition.

Climate Friday Town Hall on Community Energy Resilience and Empowering Local Communities

Presenters Amee Raval, Senior Policy Researcher at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Kurt Johnson, Advanced Community Energy Program Director of The Climate Center.

May 29, 2020

Our guests will provide insights into community clean energy resilience, including clean energy microgrids, empowering local governments and communities, utility justice, and supporting California’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the dual COVID-19 and climate crises. Amee Raval has a background in research and advocacy addressing the environmental and occupational health impacts of extreme heat due to climate change. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies. Kurt Johnson previously worked for Recurrent Energy in solar, for the California Public Utilities Commission, and at the U.S. EPA where he founded the Green Power Partnership.

CCAs and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts and Responses

Presenters Girish Balachandran, CEO of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Nick Chaset, CEO of East Bay Community Energy

May 19, 2020

Community Choice agencies (CCAs) face many challenges due to the coronavirus disruption. They are also responding quickly in a variety of ways to help support their customers and their communities during this difficult time. Join this webinar to learn more about how CCAs are uniquely positioned to respond rapidly to the needs of their communities. Panelists Girish Balachandran of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Nick Chaset of East Bat Community Energy explain how their CCAs have responded with significant COVID response programs to serve their communities.

Climate Friday with Ellie Cohen and Ann Hancock on Climate-Safe California

Presenters Ellie Cohen, CEO and Ann Hancock, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, The Climate Center

April 13, 2020

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California is a powerful solution to the climate crisis. Climate experts have called this a unique, bold, urgently needed, and comprehensive campaign that will catalyze similar efforts in other states, the nation, and the world. The Climate Center is working with dozens of partners to seize this moment and enact by 2025 the bold policies required by science that will put California on track for a climate-safe future by 2030. We define Climate-Safe California as having reached net-negative emissions (sequestration greater than emissions or becoming a net carbon sink), achieving initial stages of drawdown. The overarching goal is for California to commit to 80% below 1990 levels of GHG emissions and net-negative emissions by 2030, accelerating timelines for existing state policies.

Yes, We Will! Climate-Safe California Rapid Decarbonization Campaign

Presenter Ellie Cohen, CEO, The Climate Center

March 19, 2020

The consequences of abrupt, human-caused climate change are hitting harder and faster than expected, posing grave and immediate threats to human health and well-being. Children, the elderly, and people living in low-income communities are disproportionately affected.

California must accelerate timelines and enact bold climate policy now to ensure a vibrant, healthy, and equitable future. Ellie will present some of the latest climate science, then describe The Climate Center’s five-year rapid decarbonization campaign, ending with an inspirational view of our collective future based on our actions today.

CCAs and Community Resilience: Responding to Electricity Grid Outages, Planned and Unplanned

Presenters: Geof Syphers of Sonoma Clean Power and Jan Pepper of Peninsula Clean Energy

January 16, 2020

As climate-related electricity system disruptions grow more frequent and severe, we urgently need effective local strategies to achieve decarbonization, resilience, social equity, and security. Community Choice Agencies (CCAs) are uniquely well-positioned to play an important role in helping their communities prepare for and respond to disruptions. They can also play a key role in navigating to a 21st century decentralized electricity system that is very low in carbon emissions, safe, resilient, and accessible to all.