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The "Perfect Storm" of Renewable Energy: Policy Drivers and Decisionmaking


September 29, 2010


San Francisco, CA

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, AB 32, multiple memoranda-of-understanding, and recent executive orders have created a "perfect storm" of renewable energy policies, making California the hottest place for large-scale renewable energy development in the country. These policies and laws have inspired collaboration amongst multiple agencies, streamlined project review processes, and triggered substantial engagement from stakeholders throughout the state and country. A panel of experts representing federal and state agencies, industry, and the environmental community discussed the successes and pitfalls of the policies, the lessons learned, and what the panel believed should be done in the future to either protect or improve the regulatory framework for developing renewable energy.

David Lazerwitz, Farella Braun + Martel LLP (moderator)
Joshua Basofin, California Representative, Defenders of Wildlife
Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Bureau of Land Management
Roger Johnson, Califoria Energy Commission
Sue Kateley, California Solar Energy Industries Commission

Additional Materials:
Joshua Basofin: Powerpoint presentation
Ashley Conrad-Saydah: Powerpoint presentation
Roger Johnson: Powerpoint presentation
Sue Kateley: Powerpoint presentation
mp3 recording