July 10


  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
at Goldman Plaza
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Deep Dive Workshop: Customer Perceptions of Electrification Technologies
Buildings and Transportation                                                                                                  
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
  1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Deep Dive Workshop: Advancing Decarbonization through Local Energy Codes
  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Welcome Reception on Goldman Lawn

July 11


  8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration/Check‑In
  9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
To 2030 and Beyond: Decarbonization in California and the Western U.S.

Keynote presentations, followed by a fireside chat

  • Welcome from David Hochschild, Chair of the California Energy Commission
  • Keynote Address from David Olsen, Chair, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
  • Fireside Chat: Getting to 2030
  • Moderator: David Hochschild
    • David Olsen, Chair, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
    • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
    • Fong Wan, SVP Energy Policy and Procurement, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Morning Coffee Break
 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Grid Planning for a Decarbonized Future
What are the infrastructure needs as both buildings and transportation become increasingly electrified? This panel discussion will emphasize opportunities for joint planning across these sectors.

Moderator: Siva Gunda, Deputy Director, California Energy Commission
  • Janice Berman, Director, Grid Edge
  • Paul Grigaux, Vice President of Asset Management, Strategy & Engineering, Southern California Edison
  • Amber Mahone, Director of Climate Policy Analysis, Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3)
  • Neil Millar, Executive Director of Infrastructure Development, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Customer Needs for Building and Vehicle Electrification
Discuss technical needs for building and vehicle electrification from the customer’s perspective. Outline specific barriers to adoption and pathways to overcome these challenges.

Moderator: Panama Bartholemy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
  • Kitty Adams, Executive Director, Adopt-A-Charger
  • Sara Rafalson, Director of Market Development, EVgo
  • C.R.Herro, Senior VP of Innovation, Meritage Homes
  • Bob Jenks, Executive Director, Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Building Electrification

New Construction: Building All-Electric Homes

Discuss trends, barriers, and opportunities in all-electric construction. What is motivating builders and developers to move in this direction and what role do codes, programs, and incentives play?

Moderator: Commissioner J. Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commission

  • Brandon De Young, Executive Vice President, De Young Properties
  • Phil Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of Homebuilding, City Ventures
  • Rachel Kuykendall, Advanced Energy Homes, Sonoma Clean Power
  • Robert (Bob) Raymer, Technical Director, California Building Industry Association

Transportation Electrification

Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit: Tackling Hard to Reach Sectors

What role will electrification play in medium duty, heavy duty, and industrial applications? Discuss decarbonization strategies for these sectors and identify where research and funding are still needed.

Moderator: Daniel Bowermaster, Electric Transportation Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

  • Jorden Kemper, Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine
  • Brendan O’Donnell, Manager, Strategy, Planning and Analytics, Seattle City Light
  • Pete Savagian, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Ampaire
  • Ben Sharpe, Senior Researcher and Canada Lead, ICCT
  3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break
  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Building Electrification

Not Your Typical Electric Stove: Technological Innovation in the Building Sector

Explore the state of technology, scalable solutions, and R&D needs for building electrification. Hear from experts on induction cooking, heat pump water heaters, and heat pump space conditioning technologies.

Moderator: Owen Howlett, SMUD

  • Sean Armstrong, Project Manager, Innova Heat Pumps
  • Francois Lebrasseur, Business Development Manager – Utility Sector, A.O. Smith
  • Brian Sullivan, Head of Data, Lumin
  • Robert Weber, Engineering Lead, Demand and End Use Load Management, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Ammi Amarnath, Senior Technical Executive, EPRI

Transportation Electrification

Transportation Pipeline: What’s Ahead for Vehicle Innovation

Hear from manufacturers about what’s available now and what’s expected in the near-term. Dive into market trends and learn about plans to decarbonize the transportation sector.

Moderator: Watson Collins, Technical Executive, Electric Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute

  • Matt Horton, Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra
  • John Voelcker, Reporter, Green Car Reports
  • Stephanie Ly, Senior Manager, Policy and Sustainability, TransPower
  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Electrification Tailgate & Innovation Showcase
Eat, drink, and explore innovative technologies for building and transportation electrification, and hear from some of the innovators bringing them to life.

July 12


  8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration/Check‑In
  9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Keynote Address
  • Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
  • California State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, 9th District, East Bay
  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Building Electrification

Electrification for All: Equity and Access

How do we ensure all communities benefit from advances in building decarbonization? Discuss cost, safety, and health impacts, and ways to prioritize those who stand to benefit most.

Moderator: Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Climate and Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Andy Brooks, Director of West Coast Operations, Association for Energy Affordability
  • Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves, California Public Utility Commission
  • Carmelita Miller, Energy Equity Legal Counsel, The Greenlining Institute
  • Ram Narayanamurthy, Technical Executive, Building Decarbonization and Affordability, Electric Power Research Institute

Transportation Electrification

Shifting Mobility: A New Era of Transportation Services and Programs

Glimpse into the future of transportation as we continue toward electrification, automation, and new service models. Hear from companies that are propelling us into a new era of mobility.

Moderator: Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma, California Public Utilities Commission

  • Doug Gould, Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Procurement, Zoox
  • Adam Gromis, Public Policy Manager, Sustainability and Environmental Impact, Uber
  • Benny Johnson, Rideshare EV Driver
  • Rahul Sonnad, CEO, Tesloop
  • Levi Tillemann, Author and Managing Partner, Valence Strategic
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Closing Plenary: The Role of State and Local Governments
Learn about decarbonization efforts at state and local levels, including policies, incentives, R&D, and planning, and hear what panelists have to say about innovative approaches to decarbonization, opportunities for state and local government collaboration, and policy needs moving forward.

Moderator: Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Aimee Gotway Bailey, Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation, Silicon Valley Clean Energy
  • Kate Harrison, District 4 Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Nicole Lombardo, Clean Energy Planning and Analytics, Google
  • Commissioner Patricia Monahan, California Energy Commission
  • Jan Pepper, Chief Executive Officer, Peninsula Clean Energy
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Farewell and Closing Remarks
  • Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary for Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection

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