EPIC Forum: Powering Resilient Communities Through Advanced Energy Technologies

About the Event

More than 250 clean industry leaders joined us in Southern California to discover how advanced energy technologies are powering resilient communities.  

As climate change continues to impact communities, the need for innovative, technological solutions has never been greater. Following the recent sweep of wildfires across California, many communities were left without power for days on end, raising questions about the resiliency of our energy grid in the face of climate change. With the effects of these climate related disasters continuously reaching new heights, public agencies are forced to reevaluate previous practices and incorporate new energy technology solutions to boost resiliency in vulnerable communities. 

EPIC Forum attendees explored lessons learned in the wake of sudden disaster, showcased technological clean energy solutions, and heard from today’s leaders on how to build a more resilient tomorrow.   

Thank you to our attendees for helping California transform our state’s energy future through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC).

Featured Speakers

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Agenda and Presentations

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9:15 AM
9:15 AM
- 9:30 AM

Welcome / Opening Remarks

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9:45 AM
9:45 AM
- 10:45 PM

Creating a Resilient Energy System in the Face of Natural Disasters

California wildfires have been growing in frequency and destructiveness, with 2018 being the worst fire year on record. Communities are working to navigate the diverse terrain of challenges to prevent disaster and respond quickly and effectively. To ensure critical infrastructure and services are maintained during a disaster, leaders are looking to implement revolutionary clean energy technologies to keep power on during outages. Attendees joined a living room style chat to gain new understanding of response efforts and technologies that strengthen our electric system, help shape resiliency planning, and ensure critical care can still be provided to millions of Californians during disasters.

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11:00 AM
11:00 AM
- 12:15 PM

Earth, Wind & Fire: Utilizing Big Data to Navigate Extreme Weather in California

The science is clear: climate change is provoking extreme weather events. To help mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts, leaders are looking towards innovative tools to improve forecasts of extreme weather-related risks to the grid. Attendees dove into a solution-driven conversation on how advances in climate science, big data, and machine learning are coming together to predict threats and vulnerabilities to the electricity system.

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11:00 AM
11:00 AM
- 12:00 PM

Don’t “Shrub” it Off: Forest Biomass and its Many Uses

As forest management becomes increasingly important to mitigate the frequency of wildfires, interest in finding commercial uses for forest biomass has grown. Attendees heard from EPIC awardees as they discussed technology solutions and barriers to convert forest biomass into renewable energy and other uses.

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11:00 AM
11:00 AM
- 12:00 PM

Savvy Solutions: Using Clean Energy Innovations to Maintain Power

In response to climate change, electricity customers and communities are deploying new clean energy technology solutions to reduce their carbon footprint. Many of these solutions-- including solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles--are also being used to provide power during outages. Attendees joined a panel of EPIC awardees as they discuss first-of-their-kind technology projects that are helping to maintain power and increase resiliency in their communities.

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12:15 PM
12:15 PM
- 2:00 PM

Networking & Vendor Session

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2:00 PM
2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM

Today's  Leaders on  Scaling Energy Solutions for  Resiliency and Climate Action

Ensuring resiliency for today’s wildfire outbreaks and disasters necessitates multidimensional solutions and innovative technologies. To do this effectively requires fresh and new investment ideas to scale clean energy solutions. Attendees joined an interactive discussion on creative opportunities to scale advanced energy technologies for mass deployment.

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3:15 PM
3:15 PM
- 3:30 PM

Closing Remarks

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3:45 PM
3:45 PM
- 4:45 PM

Reception

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4:00 PM
4:00 PM
- 5:30 PM

Harbor Tour

Aboard the 90-minute narrated excursion, Attendees got close to operations at the second-busiest Port in the nation. Saw towering cranes, the most advanced and green terminal in the world, new infrastructure projects such as the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, and possibly even catch a glimpse of local marine life. Attendees also learned about the variety of groundbreaking green programs the Port has implemented to reduce the environmental impact of operations.

Featured Speakers

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Exhibitors

Thank you to our EPIC awardees and technology vendors for helping facilitate technology transfer during dedicated networking events.

EPIC Award Companies

Venue

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