Central Valley to be Highlighted at June 5th Symposium – Scholarships Available

Sacramento event to draw energy experts from around the State

The Central Valley will be one of the highlighted topics of conversation as leaders from across the state gather on June 5th for the fourth annual Business of Local Energy Symposium. It’s all about how California communities can benefit from energy resource localization by accelerating Community Choice Energy. Last May, more than 375 leaders from around the state convened in Long Beach to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy. Last year’s Symposium provided a robust forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to hear from elected leaders, regulatory agency leaders and Community Choice implementors about the policy and economic landscape shaping emerging Community Choice risks and opportunities.

In the Central Valley, the City of Hanford is leading the way in evaluating Community Choice Energy. Their technical study is in the works and results should be available soon. More information about Community Choice Energy in the Central Valley, including public opinion surveys on energy issues and economic studies, is available at the Clean Power Exchange’s Central Valley Page.

This year’s agenda at the Symposium will feature a panel focusing on the Central Valley. The panel, entitled “Perspectives on Community Choice in the Central Valley” will feature long-time public policy experts who live and work in the Central Valley who will offer their perspectives on the challenges, and discuss how Community Choice might benefit Central Valley communities. California’s Central Valley has a wealth of diverse energy resources, human resources, and the available land, rooftops, parking lots, and other suitable sites needed to develop these resources. Local control of energy dollars may offer the best solution to boost the local economy, increase employment, and achieve environmental goals, while offering competitive rates.

A limited number of scholarships are open to local and regional government staff, elected officials and non-profit organization representatives working to advance Community Choice Energy in their communities. Priority will be given to jurisdictions that are exploring or have emerging agencies and individuals working in rural, hard-to-reach, and/or disadvantaged communities. Since we have limited funding available, scholarships are limited to one recipient per organization/jurisdiction. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with need and background taken into consideration. Click HERE to apply.

The Symposium is organized by the Center for Climate Protection in coordination with our partners, Local Government Commission and Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition.

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