11th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Virtual Forum

Promising Solutions for a Clean Energy Future

June – November 2020 | 18 webinars | Peer-to-Peer Network

Registration

All SEEC Virtual Forum webinars and activities are provided at no cost. Registration is required for all webinars and activities. Click the buttons below for full details and registration links for each webinar and activity.  The Zoom Guide provides guidance for the Zoom features that will be used throughout the forum, along with frequently asked questions. 

9/29: Webinar 13
Webinar 13: Local Governments Leading the Way through Resilient Microgrids
Tuesday, September 29th | 1 -2 PM

Wildfires, power shut-offs, and other climate effects are driving the critical need for energy resiliency across California communities. Local government and institutions are taking the lead on microgrids in many areas to ensure their residents continue to receive critical services and back-up power. Given the technical complexity and range of possible microgrid models, local governments can best benefit by learning from one another and working together to implement a sustainable future for us all.

This panel session will feature diverse local experts, each with a unique perspective on developing innovative, resilient microgrid solutions across the state:

  • Mike Grim, City of Carlsbad – Feature project: Carlsbad microgrid
  • Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition (non-profit) – Feature projects: City of Camarillo solar microgrid and City of Santa Barbara community microgrid
  • Jim Zoellick, Humboldt State University – Feature project: Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Pacific Gas & Electric community microgrid

Presenters will discuss the goals and multiple benefits their microgrid projects address – from resiliency to carbon reduction, reliability, and government operations. They will explore the process and funding sources they have leveraged to develop studies and designs. And they will highlight the stakeholders and partnerships behind many of their microgrid projects which have been critical to their success. Finally, presenters will share important lessons learned and recommendations from their experiences for other communities eager to explore similar opportunities.

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Confirmed Speakers:

Mike Grim | Sr. Programs Manager | City of Carlsbad

Mike Grim has over 25 years of local government experience including land use planning, housing policy, airport compatibility planning, CEQA processing, habitat conservation, and climate planning.  He currently administers the city’s Climate Action Plan, coordinating both climate change mitigation and adaptation programs and projects.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network of cities and public agencies that work together to advance climate planning and solutions for the San Diego region.

 

Craig Lewis | Founder and Executive Director | Clean Coalition

Craig Lewis has over 30 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign. His resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Jim Zoellick | Principal Engineer | Humboldt State University, Schatz Energy Research Center

Jim is a Principal Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University with 25 years of dedication. His work involves planning, analysis, project development and implementation, with a special focus on tribal and public sector projects in rural northern California. Most recently he has worked to develop, deploy and evaluate cutting edge microgrid technology. He has managed or co-managed two microgrid projects at the Blue Lake Rancheria, including the 2018 DistribuTECH Project of the Year for DER Integration. Currently he is co-managing the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid Project; this will be the first front-of-the-meter, multi-customer microgrid on Pacific Gas and Electric’s distribution system.

 

Moderator: Katie Wilson | Assoc. Vice President | TRC

 

 

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10/7: Webinar 14
Webinar 14: Strategic Planning for a Clean Energy Future: How to Phase, Scale & Finance Smart Cities Solutions
Wednesday, October 7th | 11 AM – 12:15 PM

The Willdan Smart Cities Working Group will share 5-7 case studies illustrating how to phase, scale and finance smart cities solutions. The panel will include interactive discussion with representatives from the City of Irvine, City of Long Beach, and City of West Hollywood who will share tips, tactics and tools for implementation of smart cities strategic planning efforts. The panel will also include valuable examples of how to fund smart cities infrastructure with input provided by experts in New Markets Tax Credits, Opportunity Zones, and traditional forms of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding.

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10/15: Webinar 15
Webinar 15: Keeping the Focus Local: A Conversation with SoCalREN Regional Partnerships
Tuesday, October 15th | 10 -11 AM

SoCalREN will host a panel highlighting its collaboration with regional partners from the South Bay to the High Sierra that will speak to matching SoCalREN resources with the unique needs of their disadvantaged and rural communities. Specifically, they will discuss the recent shift towards virtual services and how it may actually benefit these hard-to-reach communities. This case study reinforces that committing resources to regional reach and engagement lays a stronger foundation for the public sector to support California’s long term energy vision.

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Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Nicol Manzanares | Program Manager | The Energy Coalition

Nicol manages messaging, outreach and engagement for the SoCalREN Public Agency Programs. She leads the enrollment process for new agencies looking to join the SoCalREN and designs and facilitates workshops and webinars for the program. Nicol has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Cal State Long Beach.

 

 

Samantha Dodero | Associate Executive Director | San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO)

Samantha Dodero is the Associate Executive Director at the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization. Before taking her current position, Samantha graduated from the California State University, Fresno with a degree in Business Administration. In her current role as Associate ED, she oversees all program implementation within the organization’s large 12 county territory in California. At SJVCEO, for short, she tirelessly pursues pragmatic solutions for rural problems.

 

Pam Bold | Executive Director | High Sierra Energy Foundation

Pam Bold is the Executive Director of the High Sierra Energy Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the culture of energy efficiency and sustainability in the Eastern Sierra. She is the co-chair of the Rural and Hard to Reach working group and a board member of the California Green Business Network. Pam graduated from San Diego State University and spent her early career in the technology field and couldn’t be happier that she found her way to a role that allows her to have a positive impact on people and the environment.

 

Katie Ward | Senior Management Analyst | San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

Katie Ward began her career in energy efficiency and local government as a CivicSpark Fellow at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) in 2014. In her current role as a Senior Management Analyst, Katie is in charge of the day-to-day management of the SGVEWP and SoCalREN Regional Partnership. She also manages ongoing active transportation programs, including open streets and bike share. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Cal State University, San Bernardino.

 

Kim Fuentes | Deputy Executive Director | South Bay Cities Council of Governments

Kim Fuentes is the Deputy Executive Director for the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) where she is responsible for implementing sustainability programs and managing the South Bay Environmental Services Center – a clearing house for environmental information. Under her oversight, the SBCCOG approved the South Bay Subregion Climate Action Plan, Vulnerability Assessment, and Adaptation Plan. Her passion to support local governments and bring resources to the South Bay is seen in the various programs she manages including green business certification, vehicle emission reduction, and environmental conservation.

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10/27: Webinar 16
Webinar 16: 2020 Virtual Beacon Award Ceremony
Tuesday, October 27th | 1 -2 PM

The Institute for Local Government is celebrating Beacon Award winners virtually this year, in conjunction with the virtual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum. For more than 11 years, the Beacon Program has encouraged, supported and recognized voluntary action by local governments throughout California to address climate change, promote energy innovation and foster more vibrant communities. Beacon participants are leaders in creating communities that have cleaner air and water, more efficient transportation options, and a healthier use of natural resources. Join us in a virtual award celebration honoring 36 award-winning cities from across the state that have taken significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, implement sustainability best practices, and so much more.

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11/4: Webinar 17
Webinar 17: Mapping Energy Efficiency, Climate Planning, and Regional Partnerships
Tuesday, November 4th | 11 AM – 12 PM

This webinar maps the energy efficiency measures, climate planning, and local partnerships that form the basis of energy efficiency implementation efforts in the San Diego region.

Local jurisdictions in the San Diego region have been supported in their climate planning and implementation efforts by a range of organizations including planning agencies, utilities, and nonprofits. Mapping regional planning and energy efficiency efforts provides a unique opportunity to identify gaps, opportunities for further programming, and to highlight areas of success for replication.

Panelists from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will outline the planning that happens at a regional level and the partnerships in place to inform and support local climate change and implementation plans. The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative will introduce its new ESRI Story Map which provides a unique, interactive overview of climate planning and maps how individual jurisdictions are taking action on energy efficiency. The City of Carlsbad will then share their own experience developing their climate action plan and implementing energy efficiency
ordinances.

It is through collaboration and sharing knowledge and best practices that organizations can work to bridge the gap between climate planning and energy efficiency implementation. Understanding key trends and the needs of individual communities can also help frame the discussion as we look to the next stage of supporting local communities in meeting their energy needs and adapting to climate change challenges.

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Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Chris Nanson | Senior Account Executive | SDG&E

Chris is a Senior Account Executive at SDG&E for Industrial segment of the Business Services division. Throughout his 11 years at SDG&E Chris has assisted in the development of regional policies aimed at curbing climate change with the Public Sector, researched and led demonstrations on cutting edge renewable energy technology, been the utility lead for customer incentive programs related to solar and innovative clean energy technologies, and assisted in the distribution of utility-owned solar at over 40 locations around SDG&E’s service territory.

 

Anna Lowe | Senior Regional Planner | San Diego Association of Governments

Anna Lowe is a San Diego native and committed to ensuring future generations can experience the region as she has. Anna has almost two decades of experience working in local and regional government, with over ten years focused on climate and energy. She currently manages the Climate Resilience program at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which comprises of clean energy and climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience policy, planning, and implementation. The Climate Resilience team plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the SANDAG Regional Plan. She and her team provide technical assistance to local governments on energy efficiency and climate change planning through the SANDAG Roadmap program and help preserve our local beaches and coastline through monitoring, collaboration, and adaptation efforts. Anna also managed the regional plug-in electric vehicle and alternative fuel readiness planning efforts through Plug-in San Diego and Refuel, respectively. She also serves as staff liaison for the SANDAG Regional Energy Working Group and represents SANDAG on the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership and the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative Advisory Board. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained her Master of City Planning from San Diego State University.

 

Christiana DeBenedict | Director | San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Christiana DeBenedict brings over fourteen years of experience managing multi-stakeholder projects, coordinating project teams, and developing and implementing program and organizational strategy. Christiana brings this skill set to her role as Director of Environment Leadership Initiatives at The Nonprofit Institute where she manages The Equinox Project and the Outdoor Leaders Initiative. Christiana also serves as Director for the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network of cities and public agencies working to advance local climate solutions. These projects provide an opportunity for Christiana to bring her passion for advancing sustainability efforts through a collaborative approach that engages stakeholders and leverages technology and data to inform program and organizational planning efforts. Previously, as the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership’s (BPP) Director of Member Services and Operations, Christiana worked to establish the partnership’s programs to strengthen BPP members in advancing philanthropy, leadership and collaboration in the border region. Christiana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Bilingual Issues and holds an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

 

Yichao Gu | Technical Policy Analyst | Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego

As the technical policy analyst at USD’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), Yichao Gu’s work focuses on developing greenhouse gas emissions inventories, assessing mitigation measures for local jurisdictions and the San Diego region and further developing, maintaining and updating the tools and models to the best available data and methods.

Prior to joining EPIC in July of 2015, Gu worked as a research assistant at the California Department of Public Health, Indoor Air Quality Program. Her work focused on airborne exposures and indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. She received a Master in Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on life cycle assessment and the intersection of energy, civil infrastructure and climate science. Gu has a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with an energy-environment nexus focus, from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

 

Lisa Walker | Research Assistant | San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Lisa Walker is a Research Assistant at San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative. Lisa coordinates the organization’s energy efficiency program, as part of the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership. She has extensive experience with non-profit program monitoring/evaluation and enjoys technical data analysis and data visualization challenges. Prior to moving to San Diego, she spent over 6 years working with Australia’s First Nations communities to combat extreme disadvantage. She is passionate about fighting for a more equitable future and helping nonprofits and communities prove the impact of their work. She received a Bachelor of Economics/Arts from the Australian National University and a Master of Sustainability from Monash University.

 

Mike Grim | Senior Programs Manager | City of Carlsbad

Mike Grim is the Climate Action Plan Administrator at the City of Carlsbad. He has over 25 years of local government experience including land use planning, habitat conservation, and climate planning.  Mike recognizes the crucial role that regional partnerships play in climate adaptation efforts. These partnerships have resulted in the successful completion of the Carlsbad Emergency Services Advanced Microgrid feasibility study and climate scenario planning for the Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan. He is currently managing the South Carlsbad Boulevard Climate Adaptation Project, funded through a Climate Ready Grant from the State Coastal Conservancy. Working with the Conservancy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, California Coastal Commission, and California State Parks, the project will analyze roadway realignment through the lens of climate adaptation, incorporating nature-based solutions and identifying areas for enhanced coastal access and recreation.

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11/12: Webinar 18
Webinar 18: One Vision, Many Policy Paths to Local Decarbonization
Tuesday, November 12th | 10 AM – 11:30 AM

This webinar maps the energy efficiency measures, climate planning, and local partnerships that form the basis of energy efficiency implementation efforts in the San Diego region.

Local jurisdictions in the San Diego region have been supported in their climate planning and implementation efforts by a range of organizations including planning agencies, utilities, and nonprofits. Mapping regional planning and energy efficiency efforts provides a unique opportunity to identify gaps, opportunities for further programming, and to highlight areas of success for replication.

Panelists from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will outline the planning that happens at a regional level and the partnerships in place to inform and support local climate change and implementation plans. The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative will introduce its new ESRI Story Map (https://arcg.is/1LvWj0) which provides a unique, interactive overview of climate planning and maps how individual jurisdictions are taking action on energy efficiency. The City of Carlsbad will then share their own experience developing their climate action plan and implementing energy efficiency
ordinances.

It is through collaboration and sharing knowledge and best practices that organizations can work to bridge the gap between climate planning and energy efficiency implementation. Understanding key trends and the needs of individual communities can also help frame the discussion as we look to the next stage of supporting local communities in meeting their energy needs and adapting to climate change challenges.

REGISTER HERE

Livestream Option

If you cannot access Zoom for any reason, all webinars will be available via Livestream on Youtube. Visit LGC’s Youtube Channel to tune into the webinar.

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Virtual Forum Calendar

This 6-month virtual series takes place from June-November 2020 with the same date/time each month. Please see the calendar below for exact dates and times. Click ‘copy to my calendar’ on any event to hold the times in your calendar.

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