California Legislators Top List of Speakers at EPIC Symposium

California State Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblymember Autumn Burke will be key speakers during the California Energy Commission’s fourth Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Symposium on February 7.

The symposium, which is being held at the Sacramento Convention Center, is a forum for industry leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and others to discuss clean energy research. It enables attendees to learn more about cutting-edge strategies that will help transform California’s electricity system.

Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District which covers portions of the East Bay. She is an environmental and climate protection champion who carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy. Before beginning public service, she served as the executive director of the United States’ office of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and as the international director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program, which engaged cities worldwide to stop climate change.

Burke represents the 62nd Assembly District which encompasses portions of the west side and south bay regions of Los Angeles County. She serves as assistant speaker pro tempore and is the vice-chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. She authored Assembly Bill 151 to strengthen California’s cap-and-trade program and introduced legislation supporting the installation of new car charging locations at public schools, state parks and beaches.

The symposium will also feature guest moderators for two of the nine symposium panels.

California Public Utilities Commissioner Martha Guzman-Aceves will moderate a panel examining energy solutions for low-income customers. Before joining the California Public Utilities Commission, she served as deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor, directed the sustainable communities program for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, and worked as a legislative coordinator for United Farm Workers.

California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross will moderate a panel on energy solutions in food production. She has leadership experience in agricultural issues and has initiated programs to provide greater opportunities for farmers and ranchers to engage in sustainable environmental stewardship practices.

The symposium is free and open to the public. To register, visit the EPIC Eventbee web page. To participate remotely, view the event notice.

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