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Five Questions With California Energy Commission’s Courtney Smith On California, Resiliency, And A Clean Energy Future

By Courtney Smith with Ron Pernick

Part of a series of insights from leading smart-grid, clean-energy, and utility experts speaking at gridCONNEXT. Questions asked by Clean Edge managing director and gridCONNEXT co-chair Ron Pernick.

Ron Pernick: As one of his last acts as California’s Governor, Jerry Brown signed into law SB100 which commits the state to getting 100% of its electricity from carbon-free energy sources (mainly renewables) by 2045. How do you see the California Energy Commission (CEC) supporting this significant transition? 

Courtney Smith: The California Energy Commission plays a critical role in creating a future energy system that is clean, modern, and ensures the world’s fifth largest economy continues thriving. In addition to the 2045 zero carbon goal, SB 100 also requires 60 percent of the state’s electricity to be from renewable sources by 2030. The Energy Commission will continue tracking and verifying renewable energy procurement that meets this requirement…

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gridCONNEXT 2018

gridCONNEXT 2018 brought together business, utility, finance, and policy leaders to explore the most important topics impacting the grid. Co-produced by Clean Edge and GridWise Alliance, the event convened world-class experts to explore diverse perspectives and uncover market innovations poised to redraw the electric utility landscape.

gridCONNEXT 2018 Highlights:

Human Evolution, Sustainability, and Lessons for the Grid (Inspirational Keynote)

Jonathan Salk, Co-Author, A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future
To download a PDF of this presentation, please click here.

View from Abroad – The Future of European Grid Operations (Industry Keynote)

Laurent Schmitt, Secretary-General of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators
To download a PDF of this presentation, please click here.

RTO Insider – gridCONNEXT Coverage

To view the December 11, 2018 edition of RTO Insider, which features extensive coverage of gridCONNEXT, please click here.

Plan to Join Us in late 2019 to Explore the Convergence of Energy, Transportation, Storage, and the Grid. (We’ll be announcing dates, programming, and more in the coming weeks!)