The Utility of the Future in the U.S. and China

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The Utility of the Future in the U.S. and China

Roundtable and Webinar

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

News Flash:
Two more China energy experts join the panel! Kate Gordon, Paulson Institute and Ella Zhou, National Renewable Energy Lab

Major changes in policy, regulations and technology are disrupting business as usual among utilities in both the United States and China. What can we learn from each other to improve utilities for the future? What are the opportunities and challenges? What’s the role of energy efficiency in the utilities’ changing world?

Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear this special panel of leading experts illuminate these crucial topics. The event also will be streamed live—audio only—as a webinar.

Panelists include:

  • Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program & Senior Attorney, NRDC. Moderator
  • Jan Berman, Sr. Director, Energy Efficiency Strategy, PG&E
  • Joe Kruger, Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Fritz Kahrl, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Just added! Kate Gordon, Vice Chair, Paulson Institute 
  • Just added! Ella Zhou, Project Lead, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

WHEN:               Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 10 – 12 p.m. PST

WHERE:                          Offices of Morgan Lewis & Bockius
                                              One Market, Spear Street Tower
                                                    San Francisco, CA 94105

RSVP: Please click here. Early bird general admission is $25 until Friday, November 4. After that the ticket price for general admission goes up to $35. Non-profit and government employees tickets are $20.



Ralph Cavanagh (moderator) is a NRDC Energy Program co-director. He is a visiting professor of law at Stanford and UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and a long-time faculty member for the University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Course. Ralph served as a member of U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (1993-2003). His current board memberships include Bipartisan Policy Center, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, California Clean Energy Fund, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies, Northwest Energy Coalition, Renewable Northwest, and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board of Texas-based Energy Future Holdings. Ralph is the recipient of the Heinz Award for Public Policy, Yale Law School’s Preiskel-Silverman Fellowship, Lifetime Achievement in Energy Efficiency Award from California’s Flex Your Power Campaign, Headwaters Award from Northwest Energy Coalition, and Bonneville Power Administration’s Award for Exceptional Public Service. He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. He is based in San Francisco.

Jan Berman is the Senior Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy.  Ms. Berman is responsible for providing strategic leadership of PG&E’s Energy Efficiency portfolio. Prior to her current position, Ms. Berman has held numerous regulatory, financial and operational positions at PG&E, including Director of Customer Generation, Director of Rates and Tariffs, Director of Revenue Requirements, Director of Business Development, and Director of Gas System Operations. Since 2008, she has been on the board of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), a consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada who work to support program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in market. She is currently serving as Chair of the Board. Ms. Berman earned a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Whitman College, and has a Masters degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Joe Kruger is a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, and a principal at Kruger Environmental Strategies, LLC, an energy and environmental policy consulting firm.  He has worked on clean energy and climate policy in a number of roles, including as a manager in the US EPA’s Acid Rain and Clean Air Markets Divisions, as the Director for Energy and Environment at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and as the Deputy Associate Director, Energy and Climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  He has a BA degree from Cornell University in government and economics, and a MPP degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.

Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl is a senior advisor to the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and director of research and international consulting at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3). He has worked closely with RAP’s China Program since 2009 on a number of critical issues in China’s electricity sector, including energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, electric vehicles, long-term resource planning, and wholesale generation pricing. At E3, Dr. Kahrl leads research on emerging energy sector issues, coordinates international projects, and works with electric utilities, regulators, and research organizations in the U.S. Canada, China, and Europe. His main areas of expertise include regulatory economics, electricity market design, resource planning, energy systems modeling, greenhouse gas accounting, benefit-cost analysis for distributed energy resources, and economic impact analysis. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of William & Mary.

Kate Gordon is Vice Chair of Climate and Sustainable Urbanization at the Paulson Institute, where she provides overall strategy and coordination for the Institute’s climate change, air quality, and sustainable urbanization programs both in the U.S. and China. She is also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. Before joining the Paulson Institute, she was Senior Vice President for Climate and Energy at Next Generation, a non-partisan think tank based in San Francisco, where she worked on California policy development as well as large-scale national communications and research projects. While at Next Generation, she helped launch and lead the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, and focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change. She serves on the Apollo Alliance board, as well as on the board of Vote Solar. Gordon earned a law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Ella Zhou is a Project Lead at the Strategic Energy Analysis Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She specializes in power system modeling and international energy policy and market analysis. Her research has focused on modeling and evaluating renewable energy development strategies, assessing renewable energy policies and technologies, and analyzing large-scale integration of wind and solar on the bulk power system. She is the project and technical lead of two major programs between NREL and Chinese organizations: the NREL-China National Renewable Energy Center program on boosting renewable energy as part of China’s energy system revolution, and the NREL-State Grid Energy Research Institute program on Clean Grid Vision 2020-2050. Prior to joining NREL, she was a Senior Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution for China and international energy issues. She holds an M.A. in political science from Harvard University and a professional certificate in renewable energy and emerging technologies from Stanford University.





The China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance is organizing this event in cooperation with the U.S. Commerce Department.