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Clean Energy Leaders Host Panel Discussion and Local Renewables Tour During Global Climate Action Summit Week
Posted Date: 9/10/2018 10:30 AM
San Francisco, CA—Representatives from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will join State Senator Scott Wiener, members of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Salesforce and California’s first CCA electricity provider, MCE, for a panel discussion on the region’s innovative clean energy programs.

Hosted at the downtown San Francisco SPUR headquarters, the discussion will focus on the future of clean energy programs in California, including the SFPUC’s CleanPowerSF initiative, while also detailing efforts to foster community partnerships, local renewable energy projects and workforce diversity programs through community choice energy programs. Additionally, the talk will cover private sector engagement strategies on clean energy and climate mitigation, and new technologies and incentives in energy efficiency and storage.

The panel discussion, titled, "From Local to Global: How Homegrown Energy Programs are Greening the Golden State," is an affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco from September 12 – 14. An optional tour of local sites producing renewable energy will follow the panel discussion, providing unique access to Richmond’s MCE Solar One, the largest public-private solar partnership in the Bay Area, and Waste Management’s state-of-the-art, gas-to-energy plant at Redwood Landfill in Novato.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 11, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco

WHO: Barbara Hale, Assistant General Manager, Power, SFPUC
Scott Wiener, California State Senator
Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, CalCCA
Ravi Prasher, Associate Lab Director, Energy Technologies Area and Division Director, Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division, LBNL
Max Scher, Manager, Sustainability, Salesforce
Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC mission is to provide its customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

California Community Choice Association is the trade association for community choice energy providers in California. The CCA model allows communities to join together to purchase electricity on behalf of their community members. Community choice programs are administered by local governments with a mission to provide competitive alternatives to investor-owned utility sources. CalCCA member programs have a track record of delivering savings on customers’ electric bills while providing clean power to the grid. CalCCA represents the interests of California’s community choice electricity providers in the legislature and at the state regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board.

MCE is a not-for-profit, community choice electricity provider that provides all customers with electricity supplied from 50% to 100% clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and hydroelectric at competitive rates. MCE provides service to approximately 470,000 California customers in Marin County, Napa County, unincorporated Contra Costa County, and the cities of Benicia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. For more information about MCE, visit