California's Water

  • Moderator: Jack Baylis, Senior Vice President, The Shaw Group
  • Malia Cohen, Supervisor, District 10, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District 
  • Phil Isenberg, Chair, Delta Stewardship Council
  • Harlan Kelly, Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

California's Water

Which Public Policies Are Providing the Best Growth Drivers of Clean Energy & Green Tech Markets

  • Moderator: Robert Hertzberg, Founder and Director, G24 Innovations
  • Fiona Ma, Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly 
  • Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Hong Sang Ahn, Deputy Director, Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea

Which Public Policies Are Providing the Best Growth Drivers of Clean Energy & Green Tech Markets

Making Utility-Scale Renewable Energy a Reality in California

The Independent Voter Network: "Renewable energy is growing fast in California. The state has mandated 33% renewable energy by 2020. That’s a long way to go and a short time to get there. Wind, solar, geothermal, big and small hydropower, tidal power, and wave power can probably get California to generate that much power by 2020. But that’s just half of the problem. The power needs to be transmitted hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles. The grid needs to be kept in perfect balance too. Supply must always equal demand, never more, and never less"

LA's Transition to a Greener Economy

TriplePundit: "On June 5th of every year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosts World Environment Day, a national celebration aimed at increasing awareness about environmental issues and inspiring action in support of more sustainable and equitable development. The chosen theme for this year’s event is “The Green Economy: Does it include you?” My recent experience at the VerdeXchange Conference in Los Angeles last week proved that although we may not realize it, the transition to a green economy is underway, and it does affect all of us."

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Aims at 33 Percent Renewables by 2020

GreenTechMedia: "Ron Nichols was brought in as DWP’s manager a year ago to turn that around. The prospect of facilitating change in a utility caught in a web woven by politicians, unions and ratepayers is, Nichols said, 'daunting.' Yet, 'this is the most exciting time to be providing electric service since Edison invented the light bulb,' Nichols told an audience of greentech stakeholders at the 2012 VerdeXchange."

Mayor Works to Bring Clean Tech to Los Angeles

TriplePundit: "At the VerdeXchange Marketmakers Conference that took place in downtown Los Angeles this week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave a keynote speech to an audience of 500 industry leaders working to build and shape the green economy of Los Angeles and the nation. The group included individuals working in both the public and private sectors to further the development of technologies and markets related to energy efficiency, electricity transmission, alternative fuel vehicles, clean water, low carbon transportation, and green building.

Los Angeles: Clean Tech Capital of America?

CleanTechnica: "Clean Tech Los Angeles is all about making LA a desirable place to start and grow clean tech businesses. The real growth in manufacturing and engineering jobs is in this sector, and LA wants to be sure to catch the wave. Also frequently mentioned throughout the conference were our top three research universities— UCLA, USC, and (of course) Cal Tech. At the Verdexchange conference I saw a broad range of presentations highlighting what’s being done in Los Angeles. You’ve already read here how California is the US leader in the Electric Vehicle industry.

VerdeXchange 2012 Explores Critical Energy Issues

PV Magazine: "Gathered for two days to share best practices and network, local and global business and government leaders tackled some of the most pressing energy issues at VerdeXchange 2012 in downtown Los Angeles. In its fifth year, the conference drew an executive-level audience of more than 500 industry leaders from various sectors of the green economy, along with government officials from the local, regional, and international levels, including Korea, China, Japan, Germany, Canada and Australia."

Making Clean Tech a Commercial Reality, Faster

GreenTechMedia: "[A]lthough a start-up’s financials may be sound, many find it difficult to find manufacturing and production capability. What can be done to make these clean tech innovations a commercial reality? A panel at LA’s VerdeXchange Conference 2012 (VX2012), entitled “Global/Regional Models for Fostering Clean Tech & Commercialization: Incubation, Acceleration & Tech Transfer” attempted to answer this question.