You are invited to join the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) for a one-day information and networking forum for California local government energy and climate professionals on Thursday, October 25th from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Center followed by a energy and resilience-focused tour on Friday October 26th!
With an emphasis on local government stakeholders, the forum will explore current planning and communications at the utility and local government interface; discussion among California’s local leaders who will share experiences and lessons learned before, during, and after disasters, including the firestorms of 2017; and what needs to be done now to include energy resilience in preparing for future disaster response and recovery.
Santa Rosa Junior College Microgrid Tour – FREE!
Extend your trip and stick around for the Disasters and Energy Resilience Microgrid Tour on Friday, October 26th at 9:00 – 11:00 AM. The tour will take place at Santa Rosa Junior College who has a Vision for being a leader in Sustainability and creating a “Strong Culture of Sustainability” both for it college campuses and the community at large.
The tour will begin with a review of the process taken by a public agency to analyze at a high level what it takes to have a microgrid, discuss how senior-level managers were included in the design process and the eventual approval by the District’s governing board to develop a microgrid. This will be followed by a review of the current microgrid design, completed infrastructure to date and future infrastructure integration. A tour will take place that will show currently completed infrastructure as well as old infrastructure that will be retrofitted to integrated into the future microgrid.
The importance of energy resilience during a disaster
Energy systems are vulnerable to extreme events; earthquakes, wildfires, winter storms and rising sea levels can all damage critical energy infrastructure. When electricity infrastructure is damaged in the wake of natural disasters, or when electrical service is interrupted unexpectedly, it can have wide-ranging impacts. Essential response and recovery services can be seriously impaired. Wildfires, storms and earthquakes may be out of human control, but preparing for them and their aftermath, is not.
Through discussion, hands-on exercises and peer networking, forum participants will come away with an understanding of current regulatory and legislative actions, information, tools, and resources and an actionable road map to improve energy resilience in their community.
April Forum | Energy Storage: Meeting California’s Clean and Reliable Energy Goals
The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) invite you to register for a one-day informational and networking forum for California local government energy professionals on Monday, April 23rd from 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM. The event will take place at SMUD’s Customer Service Center building at 6301 S Street, Sacramento, CA in the Rubicon Room, on the first floor.
April’s meeting will focus on Energy Storage: Meeting California’s Clean and Reliable Energy Goals. Speakers will provide valuable insights on California’s Energy Storage roadmap, the state of the technology, emerging policy, decision-making tools for implementation and first-hand project experience.
- Deepak Aswani | Project Manager, Electric Transportation Energy Research and Development, SMUD
- Rick Brown | President, Terraverde Energy, LLC.
- Michael Carpol | Manager, Commercial solar and Storage Sales, Tesla
- Rahul Chopra | Senior Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
- Jessie Denver | Energy Program Manager, City and County of San Francisco, Department of the Environment
- Rachel DiFranco | Sustainability Manager & Smart City Co-Facilitator, City of Fremont
- Angelina Galiteva | Board Member, California Independent System Operator (CAISO), and Founder and President, Renewables 100 Policy Institute
- Jonathan Hart | Senior Specialist, Technology Integration, Center for Sustainable Energy
- Lou Jacobson | Director of Demand Side Management, Redwood Coast Energy Authority
- Danny Kennedy | Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF/CalCharge)
- Irene Moosen | Regulatory Consultant, Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition
January Forum| The Promise of Microgrids
Confirmed Microgrid Speakers
- Local Government Panel Moderator: Demetra McBride, Division Manager, Environmental Initiatives, County of Los Angeles
- Mike Gravely, Research Program Manager, California Energy Commission
- Neil Matouka, Energize Fresno Program Manager, Local Government Commission
- Dr. Scott Samuelsen, Director, Advanced Power and Energy Program, National Fuel Research Center, & UCI Combustion Laboratory
- Katie Van Dyke, Climate Action Program Manager, City of Berkeley
- Byron Washom, Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives, UC San Diego
- Dr. Frank Wasko, Program Director, Clean Coalition
- Garrett Wong, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Climate & Energy, City of Santa Monica
ZNE Workshop for Local Governments
- A comprehensive climate and energy regulatory and legislative update
- Opportunity to discuss LGSEC’s draft Local Government Energy Efficiency Program Administration Business Plan
- Case studies on public agency best practices for completing EE projects on the pathway to ZNE
- New programs, tools, and research to support local government ZNE policy and plan development
- Case studies and emerging trends for ZNE buildings
2017 Business of Local Energy Symposium
2017 Business of Local Energy Symposium
Friday, May 5th, 2017
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California, 90802
The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition co-organized the 2017 Business of Local Energy Symposium along with the Local Government Commission and the Center for Climate Protection. At nearly 400 attendees, this year’s symposium engaged local government and agency staff, energy experts, and community leaders on how to advance Community Choice Energy throughout the state. View presentations, photos, and other resources from the event here: https://climateprotection.org/our-work/symposium-2017/
Understanding Community Choice Energy:
A Forum for California Local Governments
Monday, May 18, 2015
8:30 AM – 4:45 PM
(Reception: 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM)
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) in partnership with LEAN Energy US organized a day-long Community Choice Energy Forum for local government decision-makers, staff members and key stakeholders on May 18th in downtown Los Angeles.
Over the last five years, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) has become an increasingly popular option among local governments interested in providing greater customer choice, cleaner power and competitive energy pricing. Communities throughout the state have founded or joined existing CCA programs and numerous other communities are in the process of conducting research and feasibility studies.