15th Annual VerdeXchange VX2022 Marketmakers' Conference 
June 19-22, 2022, at the Omni Hotel in DTLA

VX2022: Where Clean & Green Tech Marketmakers Meet to Optimize Opportunities for Truly Transformational Climate Infrastructure Investments

Earl Blumenauer

In a surprise move before Congress’ August recess, US Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Energy Committee Chair Manchin announced a deal on budget reconciliation—the Inflation Reduction Act.

Recognizing extreme heat as the deadliest climate threat facing Americans, last week the Biden administration launched Heat.Gov, a one-stop hub offering maps, data and information across disciplines to empower the public and decisionmakers plan for and mitigate the health impacts of extreme heat.

Last week, Bloom Energy opened a fuel cell factory near San Francisco that is expected to produce 1 GW of fuel cells powered by natural gas or biogas by the end of next year.

In July of this year,  an array of Blockchain-based Metaverse and Web3 platforms launched the Open Metaverse Alliance, a new decentralized autonomous organization to ensure a governance system within the Metaverse with four core principles of transparency, inclusiveness, decentralization and democratization.

In this panel from the 2022 Motivate Vancouver conference, both aviation operators and investors speak to the innovative future for air travel.

In looking for global solutions and inspiration, the American Jewish Committee West put on the webinar Environmental Collaboration: The Israeli and West Coast Models, with speakers Gidon Bromberg of EcoPeace Middle East; Denny Heck, the Lieutenant Governor of Washington; and a response by California State Senator Ben Allen, and moderated by AJC’s Sam Jefferies.

In the days after Governor Newsom signed California’s $308 billion budget—which includes record spending across sectors bolstered by a nearly $100 billion surplus—TPR/VXNews interviewed California Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Robert Hertzberg on the highlights of the 2022-23 state budget package. The Senator elaborates on the one-time infrastructure investments embedded throughout the budget for climate resilience—including grid reliability, EV charging, wildfire, water recycling, and more.

VX News recently spoke with California Public Utilities Commission Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen about what challenges lay ahead with climate change and other pressures impacting California’s ability to meet demand for clean energy.

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