(RELATED EVENT) Distributed Energy Resources: A Clean Energy Pathway to Mitigating Climate Change

  • September 12, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • San Francisco, CA

Please join Olivine and friends for a fun filled and thought provoking evening at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. This affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit will bring together electric energy industry experts, policy makers, academic researchers, community activists, environmental advocates, and sustainability strategists for a networking reception (organic beer and wine provided), panel discussion, and a question and answer session. The topic of the evening will be the role of distributed energy resources in modernizing the electric grid for increased resilience, energy justice, and cost efficiency with the overarching goal of reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fueled power plants and vehicles to mitigate the impacts of global climate change.  REGISTER HERE

The highlight of the event will be two 45-minute moderated panel discussions with industry experts on the role of distributed energy resources (i.e., solar, wind, energy storage, demand response, etc.) in modernizing the electrical grid, the challenges and opportunities of developing a distributed clean energy portfolio on the interactive grid, and the role this modern grid and its electric mobility component will have on mitigating climate change. Confirmed panelists include: 

  • Nancy Skinner - California State Senator
  • Dan Kammen - Professor of Energy, UC Berkeley
  • Mark Toney - Executive Director, TURN
  • Matt Horton - Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra
  • Dr. Timothy Lipman - Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center
  • Beth Reid - CEO, Olivine, Inc. 

The focus of the moderated panel session will be to highlight how regulatory, utility, DER industry, DER manufacturer, and academic and research entities are working together to bring a clean and renewable DER portfolio to fruition in order to provide clean, cost-efficient, and reliable energy to the masses. Discussions will center around how we got to where we are today, the challenges that have been overcome, the challenges that remain, and the path forward to realizing the goals of the clean and modern grid. The moderated panel session will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the panelists and audience members. 

About the Global Climate Action Summit

The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit will bring people together from around the world to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments from national governments, and one another, in support of the Paris Agreement. It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.

About Our Co-Sponsors

This event is being co-sponsored by the Buchalter Law Firm and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. 

Buchalter is a full-service business law firm that has been teaming with clients for eight decades, providing legal counsel at all stages of their growth and evolution, and helping them meet the many legal challenges and decisions they face. Our clients are engaged in a diverse global economy governed by complex laws and regulations, and they trust us as advisers and business partners because we are involved in their world. They rely on our forward-thinking to help them resolve problems before they arise.

The Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) was formed in 2006 to combine the research forces of six campus groups at UC Berkeley: the University of California Transportation Center, the University of California Energy Institute, the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Energy and Resources Group, the Center for Global Metropolitan Studies, and the Berkeley Institute of the Environment. Since TSRC was founded, it has been a leading center in conducting timely research on real-world solutions for a more sustainable transportation future. In addition to performing research informed by a diverse array of perspectives, TSRC also engages in education and outreach to promote its core values of sustainability and equity, to ensure that we are able to meet the transportation needs of the present without compromising future generations. 


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