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2019 Energy Law Conference: SB 100 and the Race to a Carbon Free Grid in California

On March 28, 2019, the ELS presented its third bi-annual Energy Conference in downtown Oakland.  This year’s program focused on California’s aggressive plans under SB 100 to de-carbonize its electricity sector, including a 60% renewable portfolio standard by 2030 and a carbon-free grid by 2045. Panelists discussed the current state of California’s energy services, the latest policy directives, the challenging logistical realities before the state, and potential risks of these transitions. Keynote Speaker Danny Kennedy challenged the audience to “electrify everything” and to move the grid to 100% renewable energy with battery storage.  Mr. Kennedy’s challenge fueled lively discussion by panelists throughout the day.   Plenary Speaker Secretary Jared Blumenfeld concluded the conference by describing CalEPA’s mission to build resilient communities against wildfires and floods, stem criteria pollutants, and promote new grid technology for electric vehicles.  Conference panels will soon be available for purchase as webinars.  Stay tuned for more information in a future newsletter. 

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