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Annual CESA Member Meeting

  • David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

The annual Members Meeting provides an opportunity for CESA members to review and inform CESA 2019 advocacy and policy priorities and hear from California utilities, POUs and CCAs on their energy storage procurement plans.

The Annual Members Meeting is a closed meeting, open only to 2019 CESA members and invited speakers. To join CESA, contact

Register for the Annual Members Meeting when you purchase Market Development Forum tickets through the CESA Member Portal.

8:00 – 9:00 AM Member Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions

  • Alex Morris, VP Policy and Operations, CESA

  • Janice Lin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)

9:30 – 10:15 AM Investor-Owned and Publicly-Owned Utility Procurement Q&A

CESA members gain insight from leading California utilities, who will discuss their energy storage procurement plans and review upcoming opportunities. Time will be allotted for audience Q&A.

  • Eric Montag, Senior Manager, Strategic Innovations & Resource Development, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

  • Mark Irwin, Director, Energy Contract Management at Southern California Edison (SCE)

  • Erica van Dyck, Resource Analyst II, Silicon Valley Power (SVP)/City of Santa Clara

  • Moderator: Alex Morris, Vice President, Policy & Operations, CESA

10:15 – 11:30 AM Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Procurement Q&A

CESA members gain insight from leading community choice aggregation programs committed to the value energy storage brings to both customers and the electric grid. Time will be allotted for audience Q&A.

  • Vicken Kasarjian, Chief Operating Officer, Marin Clean Energy

  • Natasha Keefer, Director, Power Planning & Procurement, Clean Power Alliance (CPA)

  • Lori Mitchell, Director of Community Energy, San Jose Clean Energy

  • Jan Pepper, Chief Executive Officer, Peninsula Clean Energy

  • Moderator: Alex Morris, Vice President, Policy & Operations, CESA

11:30 – 12:30 PM Networking Lunch

12:30 – 1:15 PM Workshop #1: Understanding and Leveraging the New Federal Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive

This training will provide a brief summary of the Opportunity Zone rules and explain how they can be leveraged to increase investor return on energy storage installations, both in a solar or wind plus model or as standalone storage, and in energy storage businesses. CESA members and energy storage industry companies should be aware of this strategy as they pursue customers and investors. Time will be allotted for Q&A.

  •  Elizabeth Crouse, Partner, K&L Gates

1:15 – 2:15 PM Workshop #2: Understanding the PG&E Bankruptcy and its Potential Impacts on Contracts, Programs and Industry

This workshop will provide a framework to understand PG&E’s bankruptcy and to understand the implications to existing contracts, future procurements, programs, or other effects.

  • Gabrielle Glemann, Of Counsel, Stoel Rives

  • Seth Hilton, Partner, Stoel Rives

2:15 – 2:30 PM Coffee Break

2:30 – 3:30 PM Member-Only Session

Join the CESA team for a review of the 2019 Policy Priority Survey results, legislative strategy, upcoming events, and more.

Earlier Event: February 27
10 Year Anniversary Bash
Later Event: June 19
Lobby Day