Gino DiCaro

Upcoming Energy Conference July 29-31, South Lake Tahoe

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 10, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In three weeks climate change, technology and the future economy will be front and center at the annual CMTA energy conference in South Lake Tahoe.

California leads the way in bold and often controversial energy policies. Generating 33 percent of our electricity from renewable sources may become a state mandate to help us reach AB 32 emission reduction goals. Two 33 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) bills, AB 64 (Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank) and SB 14 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), are moving to their last committee hearings.  This transformation of our energy supply has implications for every other aspect of our energy infrastructure, including transmission siting, energy efficiency, smart grid, dynamic pricing, combined heat and power, natural gas supply and more.  Growing jobs and encouraging new investment in California green technology companies has been held out as one reason for 33 percent RPS, yet there is widespread acknowledgement that rates for industrial customers will be higher and that achieving the goal may not be feasible.  

Join the conversation about how to make sense of all California energy policies in light of federal action on climate change and a faltering state economy.  Improving the business climate is crucial if we are to lead the nation and the world in green technology development and manufacturing. You don’t need to be an energy expert to learn from our expert speakers and enjoy the conversation with policymakers on these exciting topics. Bring your own perspectives on what California should look like in 2020 and beyond.  
We look forward to seeing you at Harveys this year.           
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