The Future of Energy in 2030: Policies and Technologies Affecting Electricity Distribution and Generation

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The State Bar of California
845 S Figueroa Street, 2nd Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Earn 4 hours MCLE credit!


The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Thank you to our sponsors!

  • Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
  • Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & Environment
  • Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law

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Program Schedule

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks—Cliff Rechtschaffen, California Public Utilities Commission

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

How the Trump Administration Could Affect California Energy Policies (1.5 Hours MCLE Credit)

California relies on federal government policies to achieve much of the state’s energy and climate goals. How will the new administration’s policies and appointees affect California’s ability to achieve these goals, such as the state’s 50% renewable energy (aided by federal tax credits and assistance siting renewable facilities on federal lands), electric vehicles (boosted by federal tax credits, research, and infrastructure grants), and the wholesale electricity market (overseen by federal regulators)?


  • Ethan Elkind, University of California at Berkeley & Los Angeles Schools of Law


  • Caroline Choi, Southern California Edison
  • Stacey Crowley, California Independent System Operator
  • Tom Starrs, SunPower
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon


12 noon - 12:30 p.m.

The Rise of Distributed Energy Resources (1.5 Hours MCLE Credit)

Low cost solar generation and other technical innovations are challenging the traditional electric utility business model and are likely to lead to more local control of the distribution grid by 2030. A suite of new retail choices will shape the utility of the future, such as low-cost solar PV, electric vehicles, new energy efficiencies, demand response, grid modernization, and particularly distributed energy storage. This panel will explain the new importance of distributed energy resources, new business models exploiting distributed energy resources (e.g., community solar), and the special legal and regulatory issues arising from these changes.


  • William Westerfield, Sacramento Municipal Utility District


  • William Slaton, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Matthew Tisdale, More Than Smart
  • Jim Baak, Vote Solar
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.


2 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Community Choice Aggregation: A New Approach to Providing Electricity in California (1 Hour MCLE Credit)

The Community Choice Aggregation Law allows Cities and Counties to aggregate electricity and supply it to customers in their jurisdictions. To date, there are five operating CCAs in California and several other jurisdictions poised to provide electricity or contemplating forming a CCA. One of the primary goals of the existing CCAs is to provide a greater portion of renewably sourced electricity than the Investor Owned Utilities are providing. As the CCA concept expands in practice in California, several issues arise regarding the ability of CCAs to deliver lower priced electricity with a higher mix of renewables than the IOUs and their ability to spur development of local renewable energy projects and energy efficiency projects. This panel will look at the issues around providing electricity through the CCA model and what hot topics we can expect to see in front of the CPUC and the CEC in the coming year.


  • Leah Goldberg, Senior Deputy City Attorney, San Jose


  • Elizabeth Kelly, Marin Clean Energy
  • Janet Combs, Southern California Edison
  • Edward Randolph, California Public Utilities Commission
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Keynote Address

Senator Kevin de León, Senate Pro Tempore  

Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. He has championed sweeping new standards that double energy efficiency in buildings statewide and set California on a path to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources, all by 2030. Senator de Leon’s SB 350, the most far-reaching climate legislation in the country, created a serious public discussion on how to adequately address climate change and severe pollution while creating equitable access to clean energy. Senator de León will share his analysis of California’s energy future and the legislative path to achieve that future. 

3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Closing and Thank You

4 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Essential Info

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Register by Mail or Fax

Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Reg. Form and return it with payment to The State Bar of California. In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Mail To:

Program Registrations
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San Francisco, CA 94105

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Program Registration at 415-538-2368. In order to fax your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

Pre-Registration Fees

  • $175 - Environmental Law Section Members
  • $260 - Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Environmental Law Section for 2017)
  • $75 - Government/Non-profit Attorneys
  • $25 - Students

On-Site Registration

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Cancellations / Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than Wednesday, April 5, 2017 and are subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be available after Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

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