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Energy Commissioner Likens End of Apartheid to Embrace of Renewables in TEDx Talk



As a 22-year-old in the 1990s, California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild decided to join his father on a trip to South Africa. The country was in the throes of apartheid at the time.

The trip proved foundational to Hochschild, who likens South Africa’s evolution away from apartheid to the United States’ transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

On April 2 Commissioner Hochschild appeared as part of TEDx Palo Alto Identity where he talked about his experience in South Africa and with renewable energy in California:

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