Webinars

Upcoming webinar – City of Gonzales: Local Governments Empowering Energy

Thursday, May 20 |  1:30 – 2:30 PM PT

Register for LGSEC’s upcoming webinar City of Gonzales – Local Governments Empowering Energy Solutions on Thursday, May 20 from 1:30-2:30PM PT. Guest speakers from the City of Gonzales, OurEnergy and Concentric Power will discuss the local government role in public utilities and essential services, infrastructure modernization, and California’s energy landscape.

The webinar will present a case study on the City of Gonzales’ planned $70 million microgrid and wastewater treatment plant, then conclude with audience Q&A.

Webinar Speakers

Marc Costa

Moderator, Director, Policy & Planning at The Energy Coalition – LGSEC Board Member

Marc has more than twelve years of experience in the building industry focusing on areas ranging from advanced energy community planning, federal energy data standards and software development, as well as state and local government energy policy. Marc previously led the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) “To Code” committee, is an active member of the California Technical Forum, advisor to the CEC on AB 802 data regulations and machine learning GIS data efforts, a member of the Department of Energy’s Task Force, and was on the triennial DOE Solar Energy Technology Office investment proposal review team to award National Research Laboratories 2018-2020 funding. He holds a B.S. in Management Science from UCSD, a B.S. in Construction Engineering from CSULB, and is a LEED AP, CGBP, and BOC Level II.

René Mendez

City Manager, City of Gonzales

René has over 25 years of State and local government experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from California State University, Stanislaus, and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Duke University. He has been the founding member of many regional efforts, including the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP); Monterey Bay Community Power Agency; The Salinas Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency; and the Male Institute for Leadership and Education (MILE) at Hartnell College. Working with the Gonzales City Council, he was able to steer the City of Gonzales through the toughest recession in decades.  In 2019, Gonzales was one of five national winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize. The Prize honors and elevates communities for working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity.

Brian Curtis

Founder & CEO, Concentric Power Inc.

Brian Curtis, Founder & CEO of Concentric Power Inc., has over 20 years of engineering, finance and strategic management experience in energy and high growth technology industries. He founded Concentric Power in 2011. Curtis has spent his career in and out of power plants and processing facilities for the energy and food industries. He started his career as a design engineer at the power plant on campus at the University of California, Los Angeles and further honed his mechanical systems design skills as a refinery engineer for Chevron. Curtis later joined the U.S. Department of Energy where he worked within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Group, along with several clean energy startups. Curtis holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from  UCLA, with an emphasis in electro-mechanical systems design and control, and an MBA from MIT.

Dustin Jolley

Founder, Our Energy

Dustin Jolley has over 15 years of experience as a Civil/Environmental Engineer and has dedicated his career to the advancement of renewable energy and sustainable development. He is an experienced engineer, business developer, strategist, and project/program manager. He is accomplished in organizations from start-ups to large corporations and has held leading technical and managerial roles implementing over a gigawatt of renewable power generation. He is a registered professional Civil engineer (PE) in multiple states, a certified energy auditor (CEA) and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Interested in planning a webinar with LGSEC?

The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition welcomes the opportunity to feature timely topics and useful resources through a webinar to our members and the public. If you would like to partner with LGSEC on a webinar, please reach out to Sarina Soor at ssoor@lgc.org.

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