Panel A: 

U.S. National Security: The Geopolitics of Energy in the 21st Century

The global energy market has created a web of interdependent nations trading natural gas, oil, and renewable energy to power their communities. For net import oil countries like the U.S., geopolitical energy issues play a large role in domestic and foreign policymaking. Since the Arab Oil Embargo of the 1970s, adversarial relationships with exporting nations, including more recent examples like Russia and Venezuela, have raised concerns about energy security. In turn, nations are looking to enact strategies that provide greater energy independence. This panel explores how geopolitics influences U.S. energy independence through the paradigm of national security, discusses the threat vector facing U.S. energy security, and what the U.S. can learn from other countries about how to respond to various energy risks and challenges


Panel B: 

Engaging Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities in the Growing Distributed Energy Future

As we approach a new energy delivery future, we see unsettling economic trends enforced by increased proliferation of distributed energy resources. The lack of distribution of clean energy sources to low-income communities, which are largely composed of people of color. The feedback-loop impact on those very people being left to cover the cost of the current energy infrastructure. And these same communities being left with the pollution of the fossil fuel infrastructure that's disproportionately located by them. This panel seeks to engage in not only understanding the circumstance of equity for these communities but ways we can make these communities a core consideration for the energy future.


Panel C:

Funding the Energy Solutions of the Future

The existing system of basic research, venture capital funding, and government subsidies fails to secure sufficient investment in the transformative energy solutions required to address the challenges. How do we ensure that cleantech entrepreneurs are working on the right problems and that the financial investments required to advance the energy solutions of the future are made?


Over the last few years, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) has changed the way local communities procure their energy in an effort to have greater local control over their energy mix. CCAs are part of a rapidly changing electric market in California. CPUC predicts that by the mid 2020’s over 85 percent of California’s retail load will be sourced by non-IOUs and by 2017 over a million Californians will be served by CCAs. At the same time, the traditional vertical integration of IOUs is being increasingly unbundled with serious existential questions about the future of the electric grid.

Panel D: 

The Evolution of Community Choice Aggregation in California


Beverly Alexander will guide our audience through a series of presentations by technologists sharing cutting-edge developments in the energy technology space. Featuring innovative start-ups, the 2017 Cyclotron Road cohort, and pathbreaking engineering companies.

Technology Series: 

Technologies of the New Energy Paradigm