Opening keynote: Federal politics on the cusp of major climate policy
Resources for the Future
Phil Sharp, former member of Congress and president emeritus of Resources for the Future, discussed the Green New Deal, a proposed U.S. legislative package that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. For now, the GND is a pair of resolutions in the House and the Senate, but GND leaders hope to pass multiple pieces of detailed legislation in the House in 2020, each with more specificity.
Debate: Should California continue to build its high-speed rail system?
Closing keynote: California leadership for climate and energy
Gov. Newsom's Office of Planning & Research
Kate Gordon, director of the California Governor's Office of Planning & Research, explained how the state is moving from ambitious goals to direct action on climate change. In particular, Kate focused on two areas that are top-of-mind for the Newsom administration: catastrophic wildfires, and the intersection of housing and transportation systems.
TED-style talks by energy startup founders
Revolution in personal transportation: AVs, EVs, mobility as a service
Wildfires and electricity systems: risks, costs, finance and policy options
Innovations in achieving corporate clean energy goals
Managing the grid with increased renewables: Technologies and solutions
PG&E’s bankruptcy and its implications
Mitigating climate change: New technologies and processes
New energy programs coming to a community choice aggregator near you
Conversations: Small Group, Informal Round-Table Discussions