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Women in Cleantech : Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Panel

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Women in Cleantech: Community Choice Aggregation Coming of Age in California.

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With a future of preemptive wildfire utility power shut-offs to look forward to, and the goal for California to produce 60% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and requires all the state's electricity to come from carbon-free resources by 2045. Community Choice Aggregation, or CCAs are overtaking investor-owned utilities (IOU) like PG&E, as the preferred choice of energy provider for residents, cities and whole counties.

Today, CCAs deliver 45% of the state’s renewable energy and they are just getting started. Last November, three CCAs and one municipal utility serving much of California’s San Francisco Bay Area launched a 30-megawatt distributed energy storage-plus-solar solicitation. The impressive effort will be the largest in the state to aggregate the state’s renewable energy.

By taking over an increasing share of customers from the state’s investor-owned utilities CCAs are an increasing share of responsibility for securing the state’s long-term clean energy needs. By the end of the year, the 18 Californian CCAs are expected to deliver 44,400 GWh, an increase of 60% compared to last year, to 4 millions customers accounts, representing more than 25% of California. It’s expected this effort will enable CCAs to maintain power for emergency services and critical loads, even when the broader IOUs preemptively cut power in the face of wildfire risk.

Join WCS and its panel of experts to discuss:

- The influencer CCAs have in greening the state’s energy mix

- Whether until it customers leaving for a CCA should be charged a Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)

- Roles of CCAs in achieving local building and transportation decarbonization goals, as well as, water heating electrification and increased energy efficiency.

- How to switch to a CCA and figure out which one served your area

- If CCAs could ever replace monopolistic utilities

Speakers Include:

- Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey | Director of Decarbonization & Grid Innovation at Silicon Valley Clean Energy

- Fei Cai | Project Finance at Recurrent Energy

- Jenna Famular | Community Development Manager at Marin County Energy (MCE)

- Mehul Patel | Market Origination at First Solar

Moderator:

- McCall Johnson | Director of Policy & Government Affairs at Recurrent Energy

Agenda

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm : Registration and networking

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm : CCA Panel

6: 45 pm - 7:30 pm : Audience Q & A

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm : Networking

Special thanks to Canadian Solar for sponsoring this event!

Notes:

  • Men are welcome to attend
  • *People who identify as non-binary genders and feel they belong in our community of women are invited to participate in our Women in Cleantech & Sustainability events
  • Refunds are up to 48 hours before the event

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey

Director of Decarbonization & Grid Innovation at Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey is the Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation at Silicon Valley Clean Energy. Aimee's work centers around identifying and managing technical, economic and regulatory barriers and opportunities to achieve deep decarbonization. Prior to SVCE, Aimee held positions focused on solar technology and policy, climate policy, emerging technologies and strategic planning at EDF Innovation Lab, Pacific Gas & Electric, City of Palo Alto Utilities, Global Environmental Institute (Beijing, China) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Aimee has a BSE in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a PhD in physics from Imperial College in London.

Fei Cai

Project Finance at Recurrent Energy

Fei is an associate of project finance team with Recurrent Energy and focuses on executing project debt finance and sales. In 2016, Fei worked on back-leverage financing for the 100-Mwac Mustang project, which has two CCA offtake contracts with Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power. In the past 4 years, Fei has executed sales for 735-Mwac project portfolio in California and 200-Mwac project in Texas. The California portfolio includes the Mustang project sale completed in early 2019.

Jenna Famular

Community Development Manager at Marin County Energy (MCE)

Jenna Famular is a Community Development Manager at Marin County Energy (MCE), where she has worked for the past three years on community outreach and customer engagement. Prior to her role with MCE she worked in environmental education at the Bronx Zoo and California Academy of Sciences. Jenna received her Masters from Columbia University in Climate and Society and a Bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz in Marine Biology.

Mehul Patel

Market Origination at First Solar

Mehul Patel is First Solar’s Manager of Origination - West, joining the organization in April 2019. He is responsible for First Solar’s engagements with entities in the West including all aspects of utility origination, analyzing, structuring, and closing solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) and build-transfer agreements (BTAs). Mehul has over 18 years of experience in the electric power industry, including market design, CAISO Day Ahead/Real Time markets, power generation, energy procurement, portfolio/resource optimization, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining First Solar, Mehul worked as Manager of Day Ahead Optimization and Asset Management along with a variety of other roles with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for nine years, and in a variety of roles at the Moss Landing Power Plant for 9 years. He holds a BS in Facilities Engineering from the California Maritime Academy.

Moderator

McCall Johnson

Director of Policy & Government Affairs at Recurrent Energy

McCall Johnson serves as Director of External Affairs for Recurrent Energy, a leading utility-scale solar and energy storage project developer. In her policy and government affairs role, she oversees legislative and regulatory efforts at the federal, state and local levels, focused on energy markets and economic development. McCall also oversees the company’s integrated marketing communications strategy including conference engagement, media relations and corporate reputation. Her roles support the project and business development efforts across the company’s seven-gigawatt development pipeline in the U.S.

Before joining Recurrent Energy, McCall was an advisor to Chairman Donna Nelson at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, where she handled legislative relations, speechwriting and matters pertaining to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. McCall has also represented non-profit organizations in Texas and their constituencies at the state legislature, the public utility commission and the state energy conservation office.

McCall supports the Recurrent Energy Group President by serving as the alternate on the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) board. She is also president of the Texas Solar Power Association (TSPA) and a board member for the Interwest Energy Association.

McCall completed her graduate work in public administration with a concentration in energy policy at the American University of Paris and holds a B.A. in business administration with a focus on finance from the University of Texas.

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