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Earth Week Speaker Series

Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Avery Dining Hall
The Path to Transforming California's Electric System

California leads the nation in progressive energy and climate policies which have significantly reduced the state's climate footprint.  However, meeting future ambitious goals will require the transformation of many systems and processes that touch all facets of life in the Golden State.  In the electric sector, fundamental changes are underway that will impact how energy is supplied, distributed, and used for many years.  Shifting economics and robust growth have put a future within reach where renewables provide the majority of electricity -- with a current legislative push for 60% and debates about reaching 100% -- but challenges remain to balance distributed, widespread renewables with a reliable grid and to determine the financial structures that will facilitate the transition.

How should we best handle this transition to gain the benefits of cleaner air, healthy communities, climate-resilient future, while ensuring safety, reliability, and affordability? Join us for a panel discussion with Union of Concerned Scientists, Southern California Edison, a policy expert from Assemblymember Holden's office and moderated by Caltech's Office of Sustainability on the process to put aggressive climate policies in place and the challenges and opportunities related to transforming California's electric grid.

Lunch provided (Vegetarian and Vegan options) - come promptly. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

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For more information, please contact Tyler Durchslag-Richardson by phone at x3530 or by email at [email protected] or visit Earth Week 2018.