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During the February 25th EPIC Forum, Powering Resilient Communities through Advanced Energy Technologies, attendees heard from energy policy experts, leaders in the technology sector, and EPIC awardees on the emerging blueprint for strengthening community resilience. The day began with welcoming remarks from California Energy Commission Vice Chair Janea A. Scott and continued with an exploration of advancements in clean energy solutions.

Attendees had a chance to attend breakout sessions focused on the commercial uses for forest biomass, the utilization of big data in predicting threats and vulnerabilities to the electricity system, and the application of clean energy technologies to maintain power and enhance community resilience. The Forum created an opportunity for attendees to connect with each other, EPIC awardees, and sponsors to advance the collaboration needed to build a more resilient future for California.

To view speaker bios, sponsors and vendors, download the Forum Program. 
View the Forum Presentations & Session Recordings
Panel: Creating a Resilient Energy System in the Face
of Natural Disasters

  • Genevieve Shiroma, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Fassil Fenikle, Assistant Vice President, AT&T
  • Jana Ganion, Sustainability and Government Affairs Director, Blue Lake Rancheria
  • Adam Rose, Director, The National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, USC

Breakout Session: Earth, Wind & Fire:
Utilizing Big Data to Navigate Extreme Weather in California


Breakout Session: Don’t “Shrub” it Off: Forest Biomass
and its Many Uses

  • Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Kevin Kung, President, Takachar (View Presentation)
  • Cathy LeBlanc, Executive Director, Camptonville Community Partnership (View Presentation)
  • Jim Mason, Founder, CEO, All Power Labs (View Presentation)
  • Jonathan Kusel, Executive Director, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
            (View Presentation)

Breakout Session: Savvy Solutions: Using Clean Energy Innovations to Maintain Power

  • Jamie Fine,Senior Economics, EDF
  • Joe Bourg, Director, Resource Acquisition and Development, Olivine, Inc.(View Presentation)
  • Christine Houston, Manager of Sustainable Practices, Port of Long Beach (View Presentation)
  • Bryan Huber, Chief Innovation Officer, CleanSpark (View Presentation)
  • Leland Price, Chief Financial Officer, Caban Systems

Panel: Today’s Leaders on Scaling Energy Solutions for
Resiliency and Climate Action

  • Michael Colvin, Director, California Energy Program, EDF
  • Audrey Lee, Vice President, Energy Services, Sunrun
  • JP Ross, Sr. Director Local Development, Electrification and Innovation, East Bay Community Energy
  • Thomas Tansy, Chairman, SunSpec Alliance

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