An Energy Forum, November 17, 2021

Capitol Weekly presentsAn Energy Forum, November 17, 2021

Capitol Weekly shared a look at California’s energy future. A score of experts, insiders and elected officials discussed the state’s energy policies and ambitious goals to combat climate change.

California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot delivered the Keynote.

A digital PDF of the program for the event with Agenda, full bios and photos of speakers may be seen here.

Audio recordings of the discussions will be posted as episodes of the Capitol Weekly Podcast.

This event was be hosted on ZOOM from 9:00AM to 2:00PM, Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Panel 1: Renewable Energy, 9:00AM – 10:15AM

Can solar, wind and hydroelectrics meet the demand for electricity as the state transitions away from fossil fuels? And, what does the current battle between rooftop solar proponents and large-scale solar farm operators portend?

Moderated by Sammy Roth of the Los Angeles Times

Speakers include: Dan Jacobson, Environment CA; Rajinder Sahota, California Air Resources Board; V. John White, CEERT; Julia Zuckerman, Clearway Energy

Panel 2: The Future of the Grid, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

PG&E has emerged from bankruptcy, but California’s electrical infrastructure is aging, and the state’s demand for electricity continues to climb. How will the state’s energy providers meet the growing demand, and what will the grid look like decades from now?

Moderated by Sophia Bollag of the Sacramento Bee

Speakers include: Asm. Chris Holden; Stacey Crowley, ISO; Carla Peterman, PG&E; Amisha Rai, Advanced Energy Economy

Keynote – Noon: Wade Crowfoot

Introduced by John Howard of Capitol Weekly

Panel 3: The End of Oil? 1:00PM – 2:00PM

With the impacts of Climate Change looming, Gov. Newsom and the Legislature have set a goal to be carbon neutral by mid-century. Can we meet that goal, and if so, how? And, what becomes of the state’s fossil fuel industry in a carbon neutral California? How will this affect those communities that may struggle to meet the costs of making the transition?

Moderated by Julie Cart of Calmatters

Speakers include: Severin Borenstein, Energy Institute at Haas; Danny Cullenward, CarbonPlan; Catherine Reheis-Boyd, Western States Petroleum Association; Alvaro Sanchez, Greenlining Institute

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