April 5, 2017

  • April 5, 2017
  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am

The New Age Electric Economy

California, New York and a handful of states believe that renewable energy, storage, EVs and micorgrids will be at the core of communities and regions poised for strong economic growth in the 21st century. It will take forceful, visionary coordination between utilities, policymakers and energy customers to bring off the transformation. Learn how it is all shaping up – and what lies ahead.


Gov. Bill Ritter Jr.
Former Governor of Colorado and Director, Center for the New Energy Economy

John Woolard
Former Google, VP of Energy, Former BrightSource Energy, CEO

  • April 5, 2017
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Brave New World of Electric Power

Privately, some utility execs in California are talking about losing as much as half of their baseload power sales in coming years. Yet they will be responsible for the massive infrastructure spend that will be required to keep electricity safe, affordable, reliable and sustainable – to the tune of billions of dollars of investment. How will they make it all work? We will get in the trenches with those most responsible for defining and winning the battles ahead.

J. Andrew Murphy
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International

John Caldwell
Director of Economics, Edison Electric Institute

Ryan Pletka
Associate Vice President, Growth and Innovation, Black & Veatch

Steve Malnight
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, Pacific Gas & Electric

  • April 5, 2017
  • 11:00 am - 11:15 am

Networking Refreshment Break

  • April 5, 2017
  • 11:15 am - 12:15pm

Energy Management Innovation

Utilities have longstanding programs to help large energy users, including those with a national footprint, get most efficient in their use of electric power. But in the new era of renewables, energy storage and ever-greater efficiency – what new efforts are utilities rolling out to help America better manage its electricity? What are more demanding energy managers and facility managers demanding – and how are they going about implementing unprecedented new technologies and strategies for getting greener and more efficient in their energy use? How is the customer changing? How are utilities changing?

Deb Affonsa
Vice President, Customer Service, Pacific Gas & Electric

George Waidelich
Energy Operations, Albertsons Companies

Kelly Rodgers
Energy Program Manager, San Diego County Water Authority

Shay Reed
Energy Buyer, Costco

Steve Kiesner
Sr. Director, National Customer Markets, Edison Electric Institute

  • April 5, 2017
  • 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Luncheon Keynote: Orchestrating a New Energy Symphony

Unbelievable complexity is around the corner as increasing renewables, batteries and EVs are integrated into the grid. New technologies will play all these elements as a grand new energy symphony, achieving undreamed of benefits for customers, our economy and climate. For instance, picture storage knitted together on a vast scale as a virtual power plant. Enjoy your lunch – and be nourished with a heaping vision of our new energy world.

Dan Loflin
Chief Executive Officer, Geli

  • April 5, 2017
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mexico and California Energy Nation

Mexico and California are taking bold steps to advance their new energy economy – and that has created opportunities for them to work together in unprecedented ways.

California, Mexico and Canada have had a serious of summit negotiations that have resulted in agreements to forge common efforts to pursue clean energy and address climate change. It includes capital investment efforts, technological transfer, share research and more. Underlying it all is a vision for a profoundly differing energy collaboration not limited by national borders. What has been accomplished, what is envisioned for the future and what does it all presage for the future of energy both within America and globally?

Andrew McAllister
Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Hon. Guillermo Zuñiga
Commissioner, Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission

Janet Sena
Senior Vice President and Director of Policy and External Affairs, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

  • April 5, 2017
  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Refreshment Break

  • April 5, 2017
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Designing Sustainable Markets

The west is moving towards a regional vision of highly integrated distributed energy resources – renewables and storage – to wring maximum efficiency out of a new, emerging electric power grid. What policies are proving effective? What hurdles lie dead ahead? Will this region with its unique, cutting edge capabilities be walled off from the rest of America – or will it pave the way to a sweeping transformation of the national electric power grid? What can the rest of America learn and emulate?

Ben Bartlett
Director, Strategic Partnerships, CalIfornia Clean Energy Fund & Berkeley City Council

Edward Randolph
Energy Division Director, California Public Utilities Commission

Geof Syphers
Chief Executive Officer, Sonoma Clean Power

Lorenzo Kristov
Principal, Market & Infrastructure Policy, California ISO

  • April 5, 2017
  • 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Renewable Nation in Full Glory – The Years Ahead

Gov. Gerry Brown asserts that California’s economy is growing because – not despite – its embrace of green energy policy. How is California transforming itself – from the inside – in terms of entrepreneurship? What role will utilities – policy makers – and an engaged environmentally active citizenry play? What will the impact be on utilities and the energy ecosystem across America – and around the world – even in underdeveloped corners of the globe? Exactly what are some of the as-yet unimaginable wins that may be possible – in electric power generation, transportation and efficient power utilitization?

Dan Reicher
Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

Emily Kirsch
Co-Founder & CEO, Powerhouse

Ralph Cavanagh
Co-Director, Energy Program, NRDC

  • April 5, 2017
  • 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception