Energy Commission a Key Stop for International Visitors

A measure of California’s leadership role in renewable energy is the robust interest among those in the international energy sector in making a stop at the California Energy Commission.

In 2015 the Energy Commission hosted delegations from 42 countries hailing from six continents. The strongest interest in visiting the Energy Commission came from Asia, namely China, Japan and South Korea.

It has become a long-standing tradition for international delegations to visit the Energy Commission. The Energy Commission’s International Visitor Program, which began in 1986, has hosted more than 2,300 delegations.

The delegations are typically accompanied by interpreters, as was the case last week when the Energy Commission hosted a 17-member group from Vietnam. The Vietnamese delegation, comprised by leaders in that country’s solar and wind sector, heard a presentation on the Energy Commission’s activities and goals in the renewable energy sector.

Most of the Vietnamese delegates were based out of Hanoi and work for the Vietnamese government. The delegates were interested in the private financial sector benefit of feed-in tariffs for solar, the the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

Typically, the most popular topics among international visitors include climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and alternative transportation.

The next scheduled visit is a five-person delegation from South Korea that is coming in July through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. That delegation is interested in an overview of the Energy Commission’s renewable energy programs.

More information about the Energy Commission’s international cooperation efforts can be found here.

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