The Council’s Fall Conference:
Accelerating Toward Climate and Economic Goals
DATE: October 26-27, 2022
LOCATION: Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612 (both days)
KICKOFF RECEPTION: Oct. 26 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CONFERENCE: Oct. 27 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, with reception directly following until 6:30 pm
Remote Option Available
Given the increasingly dire situation brought about by climate change, we need to move faster and smarter to realize the very goals that are aimed at curbing these impacts. Over the course of the day, we will bring together policymakers, regulators, implementers, administrators, evaluators, and advocates from across the energy efficiency, demand response, and DER communities to explore critical topics that are essential for advancing California’s clean energy industry. Through interesting keynote addresses and a number of engaging panel sessions, the Fall Conference will focus on ensuring attendees receive timely information that will help everybody thrive in California’s increasingly challenging energy landscape.
Day 1: Kickoff Reception
Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
All Conference ticket holders are invited to a networking party the day before the conference for extra
face-to-face time! Join us on the 4th floor of the Scottish Rite Center, includes one drink and food. If you can’t make the full conference, Kickoff Reception-only tickets are available as well!
Day 2: Fall Conference
Thursday, October 27 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Reception until 6:30 pm
The Fall Conference is the Council’s premier annual event. The focus is on addressing key policy issues on how efficiency and demand management resources can be developed and enhanced through the support of solid and implementable policies. We bring together policy makers (e.g., elected leaders) with policy implementers (e.g., regulators) and other key stakeholders to address important current issues.
Speakers and descriptions are being added daily, check back soon for updates!
- Keynote Session – Department of Energy Loan Program Office: Distributed Resources and Innovative Financing Solutions
With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) last year, and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Loan Program Office (LPO) now has the tools and the loan authority to facilitate the deployment of innovative technologies. The IRA substantially increased the LPO’s existing lending authorities by more than $100 billion, and also created a new loan program, the Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment (EIR) Program (Title 17 section 1706). Hear directly from LPO Director Jigar Shah what this means for the EE, DR and DER industry in a lively, interactive conversation.
- Opening Plenary – California and Clean Energy Finance
- Siva Gunda, Vice Chair, California Energy Commission
- Dan Adler, Deputy Director for Climate Finance, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank), Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
- David Nemtzow, Senior Advisor (Virtual Power Plants), Loan Program Office at U.S. Dept. of Energy
- Networking Break
- Keynote Session – Senator Henry Stern (via Zoom)
- Representing California’s 27th Senate District
- Art Rosenfeld Award Announcement
- Lunch Break
- Session 1 – Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Resources: Near-term Challenges and Solutions
A panel of senior executives with deep domain expertise from the public and private sectors will discuss key issues impacting the future of EE, DR, and DERs. Panelists will share their respective organizations’ goals along with a range of potential solutions and initiatives. Speakers will also comment on how their issues are being addressed beyond California’s borders and share lessons learned. This session is a great opportunity for attendee questions.
- Networking Break
- Session 2 – Equity, Jobs and Decarbonization: How California’s new Climate Legislation, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act impact Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Resources
This session will explore the ways in which EE, DR and DER markets and business models are evolving as a result of expanded state and federal policy and budget to address climate change. Hear from leading voices on the role of electrification, aggregation, standards, programs, and technologies that can address low-Income barriers, create new jobs, improve air quality, improve reliability, increase resiliency and reduce emissions.
- Session 3 – Pathways to Success: What needs to happen next?
There are high expectations for the role EE, DR and DERs can play in achieving the state’s decarbonization goals. How fast can we go? What information is available to guide our collective efforts, and what is still needed? What are the true costs and total benefits? With all the legislation, initiatives, programs, pilots, rulemakings and dockets, how can we ensure coordination across multiple agencies? What do legislators, policymakers and regulators need to hear from those organizations focused on delivering on the state’s climate goals? A broad cross-section of clean energy stakeholders shares their experience, insight, and suggestions on how to make the most of this unique moment in time.
- Closing Remarks
- Post-Conference Reception