YPE Bay Area: Achieving Grid Party with Renewable Energy: Trends and Topics

Sponsored by PG&E;

Thursday, Dec 11 2008 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST

PG&E;, Conference Room A

245 Market Street
San Francisco CA
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We are excited to bring together a well regarded group of leaders within the space, and will open up the discussion to question and answer after the panel.  We are pleased to have this discussion moderated by:

David Hochschild, Vice President of External Relations at Solaria. David first got involved in the solar energy field 8 years ago when, as a Special Assistant to the Mayor in San Francisco, he worked to develop a $100 million bond to put solar panels on the rooftops of public buildings in the city. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 50,000 member non-profit solar policy organization where he spent much of his time working with a coalition of California groups to advocate for the creation of the $3.3 Billion California Solar Initiative, signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in January 2006.  David has also served as Executive Director of the national solar energy trade organization, as a commissioner on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and on the boards of numerous environmental and solar energy organizations.  He currently co-chairs both the California New Solar Homes Advisory Board, where he helped design California's new solar homes incentive program, and the San Francisco Solar Task Force.  David has a BA from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughters.

Our distinguished panelists include:

Dr. Jeffery Greenblatt, Ph.D., Climate and Energy Technology Manager, Google.org. Jeffery reviews renewable energy proposals for grants and/or investment for the REC (Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal) initiative. He also advises the team on climate change science, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions forecasts, and a broad range of climate mitigation strategies. He is currently focused on the Clean Energy 2030 proposal and ways for Google to help create a 21st century electricity grid. Before coming to Google, Dr. Greenblatt was High Meadows scientist at Environmental Defense Fund, where he evaluated the technical, economic and environmental aspects of a wide range of energy technologies. He developed "wedge" climate stabilization scenarios for California, the Midwest, and the US, and he was also the technical lead editor on "Earth: The Sequel," a book about the emerging clean energy field, by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn. He received his training in climate and energy at Princeton University, where he was on the research staff for four years, working on many projects including ocean carbon cycle modeling, the economics of wind energy and energy storage, and the development of the "wedge" climate stabilization concept with professors Robert Socolow and Stephen Pacala. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999.

 

Sheldon Kimber, VP Finance at Recurrent Energy. Sheldon has a decade of experience in energy finance. He most recently spent five years at Calpine, working on gas-fired power projects and power purchase agreements with large energy customers. He has also worked as an investment banker for industrial and natural resource companies at Goldman Sachs. Sheldon got his start in Accenture’s strategy consulting practice working on power price forecasting and asset valuation projects for utility clients. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BA in Economics from Kenyon College.

 

Hal LaFlash, Director of Emerging Clean Technology Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Hal LaFlash evaluates and supports new energy technologies that may be part of PG&E’s future resource portfolio. He has been involved in leading edge energy activities at PG&E for 28 years and has degrees in engineering and business. LaFlash currently has leadership roles in the American Council on Renewable Energy, the California Biomass Collaborative and the California Clean Tech Open.

 

Thanks from the YPE Leadership Team for the SF Bay Area:

Alicia Stevenson, Kelsey Lynn, Courtney McColgan, Gene Berdichevsky, Nicole Lampsa

 

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YPE Bay Area: Achieving Grid Party with Renewable Energy: Trends and Topics

Sponsored by PG&E;

Thursday, Dec 11 2008 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST

PG&E;, Conference Room A

245 Market Street
San Francisco CA
Google Maps | Hotels Near | Yahoo! Maps

 

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