Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial

San Francisco, 2016


The United States will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California, on June 1 & 2, 2016. The Clean Energy Ministerial is the follow-up meeting to the COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties climate change talks last December in Paris. The participating energy ministries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

CEM7 will bring the global energy policymakers together with visionaries from the business and investment communities and other clean energy experts to drive high-impact, real-world action. In addition to ministerial working sessions and public-private roundtable discussions, CEM7 will feature a clean energy action day with opportunities for the energy ministers and business leaders to highlight ambitious clean energy efforts and announce new actions to help achieve national and global clean energy goals. A two-day tented technology exhibit in San Francisco’s Union Square will showcase clean energy technologies and innovative business models driving clean energy deployment around the world.

Silicon Valley is recognized as a global hub of the clean energy industry and venture capital, and is the ideal place to host nations eager to accelerate the global clean energy revolution.

Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

"Holding CEM7 in San Francisco is an exciting opportunity for the United States to showcase one of America’s prime technology innovation ecosystems that is providing real-world solutions to combat climate change and drive the clean energy revolution in the U.S. and around the world. CEM is a key forum following COP21 for energy ministers and other distinguished leaders to gather and implement the clean energy goals set forth in Paris"

About


The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a forum of the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. Launched in 2010, the United States hosted the first ministerial meeting in Washington, DC, with subsequent meetings hosted by the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, India, Korea, and Mexico. At the Mexico meeting in May of 2015, President Barack Obama announced that California would host the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial.

The CEM pairs the high-level engagement of energy ministers with year-round technical initiatives and campaigns to drive faster deployment of clean energy policy and technology. The CEM has proven to be an effective and efficient implementation forum for clean energy policies, working hand-in-hand with other leading international institutions and the private sector. Efforts through the CEM are demonstrating that a world powered by clean energy will create unprecedented numbers of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, lower costs for families and businesses, enhance energy security, and expand access to the billion people with no access to electricity.

Members include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Together, the 23 countries and the European Commission account for about 90% of the world’s clean energy investments and 75% of its greenhouse gas emissions. With the energy sector worldwide representing two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, the CEM and its mission to accelerate the global transition to clean energy is more important than ever

Attending Ministers and Heads of Delegation


Global Energy Leaders


Speakers


Startups & Solutions Showcase


Download a Full List of Exhibitors Here

The Clean Energy Ministerial Host Committee is honored to present the Startups & Solutions Showcase – an exhibition of companies and organizations from across the globe leading the world’s transition to a clean energy future.

The Showcase will be a celebration of 95 companies competitively selected from around the world for their cutting edge work – a bold display of the breakthrough technologies and startups that will drive change in the clean energy sector and the worldwide economy in the years and decades to come. “Innovation” in this context is not limited to new technology, but encompasses evolutionary progress in clean energy planning, operations, finance, and the business models that are fueling global clean energy deployment. The Showcase will demonstrate that technologies and solutions that we need are at hand today, and that a rising tide of ingenious solutions is in sight. This kind of entrepreneurship raises our collective ambition and give us confidence in our capacity to address today’s most daunting challenges.

General admission to the public is $10 USD; tickets will be sold online and at the door. Ticket prices will be waived for entrants under 21 years old and for people with a valid school ID. If you fall in this category, please check-in at the tent registration table to secure your ticket.

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Clean Energy Ministerial Host Committee Showcase Organizers

About California Clean Energy Fund

The California Clean Energy Fund was founded on the principal that new models of entrepreneurship and financial innovation in the public interest were required to speed the transition to a clean energy economy. By utilizing tools from the worlds of finance, public policy, and technological innovation, they have helped to accelerate the movement of clean energy technologies along the continuum from “innovation to installation”

About Cleantech Open

The Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Since 2005, through its one‐of‐a‐kind annual accelerator and mentorship program, over 1,100 participating companies in the United States alone have raised a total of more than $1.2 billion and created thousands of jobs. Fueled by a global network of more than 2,000 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making the cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine around the world.

CEM7 Schedule Overview


Download June 2 Agenda Here

(Schedule subject to change)

Minister Site Visits – Tuesday, May 31 (By invitation only)
Ministers site visit to the Tesla manufacturing facility, reception and tech demo at Google, and a ministers’ dinner
Closed Door Ministerial Discussions – Wednesday, June 1 (By invitation only)
Energy ministers and delegates from CEM and MI member countries meet for key governmental discussions and decision-making
Mission Innovation closed-door discussions (early morning)
Clean Energy Ministerial CEM 2.0 decision-making (mid-morning through afternoon)
Public-Private Roundtable Discussions – Wednesday, June 1 (By invitation only)
Four concurrent public-private roundtable discussions with ministers and invited industry leaders and other experts on key clean energy topics (late afternoon)
Reception – Wednesday, June 1 (By invitation only)
Reception for ministers, delegates, roundtable participants, and other invited special guests takes place at the end of the day in the technology showcase
Public-Private Action Summit – Thursday, June 2
The second day will expand out to an open press summit global clean energy industry leaders, leaders from international energy organizations, and other experts joining ministers and delegates
The day will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions and fireside chats with global clean energy luminaries
Summit will include high-profile opportunities for ministers, industry leaders, and others to highlight ambitious clean energy efforts and make new announcements supporting CEM campaigns as well as other overall domestic and global clean energy and climate goals
New global clean energy reports will also be released
CEM Startups & Solutions Showcase – Wednesday and Thursday, June 1-2 Register here
Showcase runs concurrently with the two meeting days and feature approximately 100 companies and organizations that are leaders in transitioning to a clean energy future
Exhibitors will reflect market-ready and emerging clean energy innovations to speed deployment across geographies, highlighting Silicon Valley ingenuity but also companies from among the 23 CEM partner governments
Delegates’ Site Visits – Friday, June 3 (By invitation only)
Delegates and special guests are invited to participate in site visits to leading clean tech companies in the area

CEM Initiative Events


Tuesday, May 31

09:00 - 17:00 - 5th Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

BY INVITATION – STANFORD UNIVERSITY, FRANCES C. ARRILLAGA ALUMNI CENTER

As part of the CEM’s C3E Women in Clean Energy initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy, together with the Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative, is holding the 5th annual C3E Symposium. The full-day event will take place on the Stanford campus on Tuesday, 31 May. In addition to keynote remarks from prominent women in the field, four panel discussions will address steps needed to decarbonize the world’s energy system. Winners of eight 2016 C3E Awards for mid-career leadership and achievement will also be recognized, along with a lifetime achievement honoree. Attendance is by invitation only; for more information, please contact C3ESymposium@stanford.edu. Learn more.

13:30 - 17:30 - From INDCs to Implementation: Charting the Path(s) Forward for Global Power System Transformation

BY INVITATION ONLY – WESTIN ST. FRANCIS, TOWER SALON A

Power systems are among the largest and most complex systems ever created by humans. Transforming them – so they can provide clean, efficient, reliable and cost-effective power for everyone – will be a correspondingly complex process that is central to the achievement of nationally-determined GHG emissions reduction commitments. This side event of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), co-hosted by the 21st Century Power Partnership and GO-15, will explore the current global landscape of power system transformation and the strategies that governments, industry, and non-profit stakeholders are employing to shape the paths of transformation in various jurisdictions., this event aims to bring effective transformation strategies into sharper focus and to provide an opportunity for dialogue among government officials, grid operators, regulators, industry executives, international institutions, and other power system stakeholders. For more information, please contact Daniel.Noll@Hq.Doe.Gov.


Wednesday, June 1st

08:30 – 18:00 EnergyAccessX

BY INVITATION ONLY – WESTIN ST. FRANCIS, California East

EnergyAccessX will focus on the critical role of clean technologies and distributed renewables in advancing universal energy access. EnergyAccessX will gather a unique mix of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, technologists, designers and policy experts from around the world to challenge conventional wisdom and put forth a compelling new vision for achieving the global goal of universal access to modern energy services by 2030. EnergyAccessX is sponsored by the CEM’s Global LEAP initiative, UK Department for International Development, and Power for All. For more information, contact info@powerforall.org.


Thursday, June 2nd

09:00 - 12:00 EFFICIENCY FOR ACCESS MID-YEAR WORKSHOP

BY INVITATION ONLY – Orange Fab

Led by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) and its partners, the Efficiency for Access (E4A) Coalition is a global campaign to advance the development and deployment of energy efficient appliances and equipment that are appropriately designed for energy access settings. These high performing appliances can maximize delivery of life-transforming energy services to un- and under-served populations in off-grid, mini-grid or weak grid contexts where energy supply is significantly constrained. As part of the E4A “Year of Action 2016”, this workshop is the third in the series following events which took place in Washington DC (January, hosted by the United Nations Foundation) and in London (April, hosted by the UK Department for International Development). Co-located with the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), this workshop seeks to capture progress to date at the midpoint of the E4A Year of Action and outline next steps for the rest of the year. The workshop will also feature a deep dive discussion on appliances for productive uses in off-grid contexts, building on a discussion on off-grid refrigeration during the London event. Attendance is by invitation only, for more information please contact diana.galperin@hq.doe.gov.

19:00 - 21:00 Workshop on “Improving Efficiency in Industry: Energy Efficiency Networks and Energy Management Systems”

By Registration - German Consulate General

Hosted by the German General Consulate in San Francisco, this event will provide the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of energy management systems and energy efficiency networks for companies and will bring together government and business perspectives. The workshop seeks to support the CEM Energy Management Campaign, which aims at 50,001 additional global certifications to the ISO 50001 global energy management system standard by 2020, and to reinforce the G7 energy agenda’s focus on energy efficiency networks in industry, introduced under the German G7 Presidency in 2015. If you are interested in participating, please contact paconsul@sanf.diplo.de for more information and to register.

Parallel Events


Tuesday, May 31st

09:00 - 12:00 - Roundtable Discussion about Offshore Wind

BY INVITATION ONLY – Westin St. Francis, Olympic Room

Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, this roundtable discussion will provide a unique opportunity for multilateral engagement and sharing of experiences with international governments, state policymakers, experts in offshore wind, and members of industry to discuss the future of offshore wind in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. More specifically, the roundtable will allow stakeholders to assess the state of the market, highlight progress that has been made in the industry, explore floating turbine technology and determine what further actions should be taken to support the sustainable development of offshore wind, especially in the Pacific. According to the National Research Energy Laboratory (NREL), the west coast of the United States (including Hawaii) has the potential to generate over 1.5 TW of offshore wind energy. This potential presents a compelling market opportunity that would assist states in meeting many of their ambitious and critically important renewable energy goals. The roundtable will also build on the White House Offshore Wind Summit held in September 2015. In addition, the roundtable may build on any announcements relevant to offshore wind coming out of the American Wind Energy Association's annual WINDPOWER conference, which will be held in New Orleans from May 23 - 26, 2016. Attendance is by invitation only; for more information, please contact natalie.mamerow@boem.gov.

10:00 – 12:30 - CARBON MANAGEMENT VIA CCUS: A COMPLEMENT AND ENABLER OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

BAY AREA COUNCIL, 353 SACRAMENTO STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111

Recent developments in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects across the globe suggest that CCUS technologies are evolving to serve as a low-carbon complement to—and even enabler of—large-scale renewable energy deployments. This parallel session to the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial meetings hosted by the Global CCS Institute will explore the state of international CCUS technology and project developments today. The event will feature discussion on how CCUS systems can work with renewables to provide grid stability and pave the way for negative emissions energy systems, as well as how industrial sources of CO2 emissions can enable innovative manufacturing processes using recycled CO2 that help encourage economy-wide deep decarbonization. The event will feature two panels that will discuss recent advances in technologies as well as updates on international collaborations and project developments around CCUS. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the event website.

13:00-17:00 - GREEN BANKS, GREEN BONDS: RECENT CLEAN ENERGY TRENDS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

BY INVITATION ONLY – Westin St. Francis, Olympic Room

This event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, and featuring the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Green Bank Network, will bring together government and finance leaders to discuss how national, subnational and private financial institutions--including green banks--can drive investment in domestic clean energy projects. The discussion will consider how such financial institutions can serve as a critical pathway for countries developing strategies for achieving national clean energy and emission reduction targets. The event will include case studies of recent transactions, including green bond issuances. Attendance is by invitation only; for more information, please contact ceic@hq.doe.gov.

14:00-18:00 - The 2nd Market Accessibility of Clean Energy Products (MACEP) workshop

BY INVITATION ONLY – Westin St. Francis, Elizabethan B

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of Republic of Korea together with the Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) are holding the 2nd Market Accessibility of Clean Energy Products (MACEP) Workshop on Local Contents Requirements (LCRs) in the solar energy sector. This event will explore current LCRs programs and their impact on local and international solar markets. The workshop will provide an opportunity to share views among government officials, scholars, international institutions, and other stakeholders in the solar energy sector in order to improve market accessibility of clean energy products. Attendance is by invitation only; for more information, please contact to Ms. Youngsun Choi at yschoi@keei.re.kr.


Wednesday, June 1

8:30 - 17:45 - Subnational Clean Energy Ministerial Event

BY INVITATION – Westin St. Francis, Tower Room A

Hosted by the office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, this event will bring together subnational entities including states, regions, provinces, and cities that have or are interested in signing/endorsing the Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding (Under 2 MOU), which calls for deep economy-wide GHG reductions – 2 metric tons per capita or 80 to 95 percent below 1990 level – by 2050. This event will serve as the first major milestone for the Under 2 MOU members post-Paris, furthering multilateral dialogue and progress towards the agreement's goals. Learn more.

08:30 – 17:00 - Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative 5th Roundtable (LCTPi 5)

BY INVITATION – California West & Breakouts, Westin St. Francis

Hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a series of events are planned parallel with CEM7. The cornerstone event, LCTPi 5, will be held at the Westin St Francis and will share 2016 priorities of the LCTPi working groups as they move forwards from Paris and deliver on a set of business led action plans for renewables, low carbon transport solutions, climate smart agriculture, forests, cement, chemicals and energy efficiency in buildings. The event is open to business representatives and partners who are interested to discover how together we can overcome key barriers and enable scaled up climate action. For more information and to receive an invitation, please email Helen Baker at WBCSD: helen.baker@wbcsd.org. All participants must be registered to attend. To learn more about LCTPi, please visit our website.

12:00 – 13:30 - Can the Pacific Coast Lead the Transition to a Clean Economy? (With Gov Inslee and Gov Brown)

Climate One, 555 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Can California and other west coast economies accelerate the global transition to clean energy technologies? The chief executives of Pacific coast states and provinces say policies pushing clean power have boosted their economies and created jobs. Companies involved in solar power and electric vehicles agree. But some business groups say going green can hit consumers in the pocket book and hamper the economy. What can the West Coast of Canada and the United States do to advance the goals countries and corporations outlined at the Paris climate summit last year? This discussion will feature Gov Jay Inslee and Gov Kate Brown. See event website for more information and tickets: http://climateone.org/events/can-pacific-coast-lead-transition-clean-economy.

19:00 - 21:00 - Berkeley Lab's Science at the Theater's Cleantech Pitchfest

San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theatre

Berkeley Lab's Science at the Theater brings its Cleantech Pitchfest to San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theatre on June 1 from 7-9 pm. Thrill to 6 Big New Ideas designed to transform our world -- from turning CO2 into fuel and desalinating seawater in an energy-efficient way to capturing carbon from smokestacks using nanotech. Scientists have 8 minutes each to earn your vote for the most promising technology. The free event is being co-sponsored by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to make your reservation, visit friends.lbl.gov.

15:00 - 18:00 - Energy Productivity Pioneers

BY INVITATION - CLIMATEWORKS FOUNDATION

An invitation-only event to shine a light on energy productivity pioneers, their business models and technologies, and how smart government policy can scale up and transfer successes across the globe. Hosted by ClimateWorks in partnership with the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity, The Climate Group, and Energy Unlocked. For more information, please contact info@climateworks.org


Thursday June 2

07:30 - 08:15 CONVERSATION WITH GREG PAGE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CARGILL; AND, TOM STEYER, NEXTGEN CLIMATE AMERICA FOUNDER AND RISKY BUSINESS CO-CHAIR on “Risky Business: How The Private Sector Can Respond To Climate Risk And Be Part Of The Clean Energy Solution.

By Invitation - Westin St. Francis - Colonial Room

Hosted by the Risky Business Project and NextGen Climate America, this breakfast event will provide the opportunity to learn more about the role of the private sector in addressing climate risks and reducing carbon emissions while strengthening our economies. The private sector played a crucial role in helping forge a global climate agreement in Paris. Now, as the world comes together again in San Francisco, American businesses are taking bold steps to plan for the economic risks posed by climate change, and for the opportunities created by the transition to a clean energy economy.

08:30 - 09:45 WORKSHOP: FEDERAL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

WESTIN ST. FRANCIS, TOWER SALON A

The U.S. government provides a variety of services to support the deployment of clean energy technologies in international markets. These include matchmaking services, market assessments, project development support, export and investment financing, political risk insurance, and technical assistance and training on policy and regulatory issues. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to meet experts from the Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and learn about how to take advantage of these services. Attendance is open to the public, but advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Adam.OMalley@trade.gov.

14:00 - 16:00 – OxFam and WRI - Designing for Increased Access

BY INVITATION - Victor's Room, Westin St. Francis

Hosted by Oxfam and WRI, this 2-hour workshop, will utilize the principles of human-centered design and ethnographic research, to challenge attendees to think about the end user of the products, policies and financing initiatives that surround clean energy. The event will focus on highlighting the real-world realities, environmental and financial constraints facing the global poor, and asks stakeholders to examine how their current and future plans meet the needs of these groups.

18:00 -22:00 - GRID Alternatives – Interconnection

TERRA GALLERY, MER (Downstairs), 511 HARRISON STREET, SAN FRANCISCO (Buy tickets online)

GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organisation that makes renewable energy and job training accessible to underserved communities. Join friends, colleagues, and industry and community leaders on June 2nd for GRID Alternatives’ third annual Interconnection event. Raise a glass to people who are creating a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Share in the celebration, network, and enjoy food, drink, and music. RSVP now!

18:30 -20:00 - Tom Steyer & Andy Karsner: Making Good on the Promise of Paris

Climate One, 555 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Countries and corporations united in Paris to forge a global climate deal to reduce carbon pollution while continuing to grow the economy. Now comes the hard part. California is pushing ahead with green policies and technologies that are creating jobs and markets. But in today’s highly stratified society, many people don’t have access to the benefits of cleaner jobs and products. How can average people engage with the clean economy? Is climate is about more than pretty faraway places and exotic species? Can the United States transition to clean energy by using existing technology or does it need some big breakthroughs to break the death grip of fossil fuels? This will be a broad-ranging discussion with a veteran of the George W. Bush administration now working for Laurene Powell Jobs and a business leader focused on making climate a ballot box issue. They will share their vision for transforming the world by driving innovation and unleashing the power of clean energy. Please see event website for more information and tickets: http://climateone.org/events/tom-steyer-andy-karsner-making-good-promise-paris


Friday, June 3

9:00 - 19:00 - CARBON NEGATIVE TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION AND OPEN HOUSE

Free - Open to the public - 1010 Murray Street, Berkeley

How can we address both energy access for productive use and climate change at the same time? Explore paths to put both MDGs and INDCs into action at an all day Open House and showcase of carbon negative energy technology, hosted by the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley, the Center for Carbon Removal, and All Power Labs. See hands-on demonstrations of agricultural waste conversion to clean energy and biochar sequestration, and enjoy high-level discussion of relevant policy issues. Visits welcome from 9:00 on, food and drink reception 17:00-19:00, policy discussion and tour 18:00. Free and open to the public, free EV shuttle available from Ashby BART station. RSVP here or email info@allpowerlabs.com

19:00 - 21:00 - Climate music project concert

Grace Cathedral 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Erik Ian Walker's ensemble, along with scientists Andrew Jones and Bill Collins, collide 500 years of past and projected future climate change data (1800-2300) with a music landscape in the amazing acoustic space of Grace Cathedral to create a vivid experience of what is happening to our world. Q and A with the science team after the performance. For more information please see, http://www.theclimatemusicproject.org/.

CEM7 Hosts

California Host Committee - Co-Chairs

California Host Committee - Founding Members

Promotional Partners

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Over 800 of the world’s foremost visionaries in clean energy, including multinational executives, investors, government officials, and innovators will gather in San Francisco for this monumental one-day summit. We look forward to welcoming you to Silicon Valley.

June 1st – Closed door ministerial sessions (by invitation only)

June 2nd – Public Private Action Summit (open to the public) 8:30am to 6:00pm, Westin St. Francis, Union Square, San Francisco.

Registration for the Public Private Action Summit on June 2nd is currently open for:

  1. "Table Host" - Table of ten seats with logo recognition. (Includes access to Showcase on June 1 and 2) $10,000 SOLD OUT

  2. Half table (five seats) with logo recognition (Includes access to Showcase on June 1 and 2) $5,000 SOLD OUT

  3. Individual tickets (Includes access to Showcase on June 1 and 2) $1,000 LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE

Startups and Solutions Showcase (June 1st and 2nd - open to the public) 10am to 4pm, Union Square Plaza $10 PURCHASE

CEM7 Event Sponsors


Clean Energy Champions

At Dignity Health, we welcome the chance to help you feel your best. Excellent, affordable health care, delivered with compassion, is what we stand for. Since our founding in 1986, we've made it our goal to create environments that meet each patient's physical, mental, and spiritual needs. We also believe this healing philosophy promotes the wellbeing of our staff and the places they serve. Dignity Health is made up of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff who deliver excellent care to diverse communities in 21 states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. Through teamwork and innovation, faith and compassion, advocacy and action, we endeavor every day to keep you happy, healthy, and whole.

NextGen Climate America is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to creating a level playing field so that low-carbon advanced energy solutions can fairly compete with entrenched fossil fuel interests. Launched in 2014, we develop and advance policies to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. To end the free ride that fossil fuel companies enjoy at our expense, we are committed to establishing national safeguards to end the unlimited dumping of carbon pollution into our atmosphere and supporting innovative leadership at the state level.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, PG&E delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California—or 1 in 20 Americans—with more than half of the electricity we supply coming from sources that emit no greenhouse gases. PG&E also offers a full portfolio of options to help customers save energy and reduce their carbon footprint, including leading programs for energy efficiency, demand response and solar installations. To learn more, visit www.pgecorp.com/sustainability and www.pgecurrents.com.

Prelude Ventures was founded in 2009 as a new platform for venture investing in the cleantech sector. The platform combines a long-term commitment to the sector, willingness to accept informed risks, the capital to enable companies to develop on appropriate timelines and a fundamental emphasis on venture-level returns. We are committed to novel solutions that address climate change and a net reduction of CO2. We invest in companies for the long haul and don’t flinch at shifting attitudes about the global demand for clean energy. For us, addressing climate change is important work. It is a problem to be solved and a place where long standing incumbents that do not engage in the evolution of the market will be disrupted through innovation. By developing more energy efficient products and systems powered by non-hydrocarbon sources of energy, we can take an important step forward in reducing the world’s carbon intensity. The entrepreneurs who successfully build the next generation of global energy companies will become the business leaders of this century.


Presenting Sponsors

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 21 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas before they're ever built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy, to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of our 3D software customers is everywhere you look. Through our apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android, we're also making design technology accessible to professional designers and amateur designers, homeowners, students, and casual creators — anyone who wants to create and share their ideas with the world.

California Clean Energy Fund connects money to investments, ideas to support and issues to solutions. We are driven by the immense opportunity that clean energy represents to accelerate climate protection and are committed to creating 100%+ clean energy for all people.  We work across the entire lifecycle of clean energy development, commercialization and deployment.  Since our founding in 2004, our work has leveraged $1.5 billion in investment, supported over 100 clean energy enterprises and launched industry leading centers for solution collaboration.

ClimateWorks is a team of researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grant-makers who are committed to climate action and believe in the power of collective philanthropy. A non-governmental organization that works globally, ClimateWorks collaborates with funders, regional and research partners, and other climate leaders to strengthen philanthropy’s response to climate change.

The Energy Foundation and Energy Foundation China promote the transition to a clean energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Pragmatic and nonpartisan, we support networks of grantees who share our vision of a prosperous and healthy future powered by clean, reliable, and secure sources of energy. Our programs focus on making the buildings, power, and transportation sectors more efficient, and on growing broad support for strong climate and clean energy policy goals. We believe that smart, strategic policy choices are critical to growing clean energy markets. Advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency opens doors to greater innovation and productivity, creates economic opportunities, and improves people’s lives.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Delivering on this mission starts with great technology, but great technology alone is not enough. Too many of technology’s benefits have yet to reach the people who need them. Just as there is an extremely effective commercial ecosystem that brings the promise of technology to life in the marketplace, there must be a strong societal ecosystem that brings the promise of technology to life in the community space. To fulfill our company mission and truly empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, we, ourselves, need to do more. Empowerment begins with inclusion.

Pattern Energy is a leading independent power company. We own and operate 16 wind power facilities in the United States, Canada, and Chile that use proven, best-in-class technology and have a total owned capacity of 2,282 MW. These facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets that have strong growth potential. Each of our facilities has contracted to sell all of its energy output, or a majority, on a long-term, fixed-price power sale agreement with a creditworthy counterparty. Eighty-nine percent of the electricity to be generated by our facilities will be sold under these power sale agreements, which have a weighted average remaining contract life of approximately 15 years. Our seasoned management team has developed, financed and managed more than $12 billion of infrastructure assets, including more than 4,500 MW of wind power projects and facilities.

With offices in 157 countries and more than 208,000 people, we are among the leading professional services networks in the world. We help organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for, by delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Renewable energy is coming of age. But the investment and market support context is still complex. While there’s clear interest, for example from institutional investors looking for steady long-term returns, investor sentiment is not clear-cut and many projects require careful financing attention. PwC works with the industry in a range of ways to help make sure projects as well as the power from them are established on sustainable footings.

As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.

Wells Fargo works with businesses around the world that manufacture, market, and develop clean technology products and services. Since 2007, Wells Fargo has provided more than $27 billion in financing towards a $30 billion target in environmentally sustainable businesses by 2020, including $4 billion in solar and wind project investments and $9 billion to support LEED-certified and other green buildings. Our customers include businesses that specialize in electric and low-emission vehicles, energy production, including solar, wind, and biomass, smart grid applications, and water efficiency. We are active industry participants, and are sponsors of several cleantech-focused initiatives, including the Innovation Incubator, a $10 million environmental grant program for clean technology startups.


Angel Investors

At SFO, we take pride in being an exceptional Airport in service to our communities. Our mission is "to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities." We recognize that becoming more environmentally sustainable will help us achieve this goal today—and in the future. SFO has established itself as an international industry leader in sustainability. We take our role as environmental steward seriously, which has resulted in the implementation of proactive and innovative initiatives to reduce the Airport’s carbon footprint and achieve environmental gains in all areas. We have reduced energy consumption by 10,938 megawatt-hours per year; planted more than 2,000 trees, eliminating 120 tons of CO2 per year; and Improved 558 acres of wetlands throughout the Bay Area. With help from our passengers, we also have reduced our water usage by 37 percent.


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