EPIC Virtual Symposium

Attendees joined us for the virtual EPIC Symposium to discover the energy technologies, policies, and innovations shaping a cleaner and brighter future for California.   

Over the three day event, hundreds of clean tech innovators convened digitally to learn about emerging technology, share best practices, and connect about future projects and partnerships. The program featured:  

  • First Annual California Energy Visionary Awards 

  • Dynamic plenary panels and breakout sessions  

  • Unique attendee networking opportunities  

  • A virtual exhibit hall showcasing energy innovation  

The deadly and destructive fires of the past few years as well as findings from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment have highlighted the dire impacts expected from climate change on California and its citizens if greenhouse gas emissions are not drastically reduced. 

California has set an aggressive timeline to fully decarbonize its energy sector by 2045 while also taking steps to improve the resiliency of the electricity system to extreme weather events.  In the state’s transition to a low-carbon economy, California’s leaders have made equity a policy priority. Innovation in key energy technologies, policies, and tools will be essential to meet 21st century demands and ensure a more resilient, equitable, and decarbonized electrical system that services customer and climate needs. Mark your calendar to learn how California is working to transform our state’s energy future through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). 

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2020 EPIC Symposium   

October 19-21, 2020  

The deadly and destructive fires of the past few years as well as findings from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment have highlighted the dire impacts expected from climate change on California and its citizens if greenhouse gas emissions are not drastically reduced. California has set an aggressive timeline to fully decarbonize its energy sector by 2045 while also taking steps to improve the resiliency of the electricity system to extreme weather events.  In the state’s transition to a low-carbon economy, California’s leaders have made equity a policy priority. Innovation in key energy technologies, policies, and tools will be essential to meet 21st century demands and ensure a more resilient, equitable, and decarbonized electrical system that services customer and climate needs. Mark your calendar to learn how California is working to transform our state’s energy future through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC).   

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9:30 AM
9:30 AM
- 9:38 AM

Day One: Opening Remarks

Workshops and Forums

Hear welcome remarks from the California Energy Commission's Deputy Director of the Energy Research and Development Division Laurie ten Hope and Vice Chair, Janea Scott on all that the EPIC Virtual Symposium has to offer. 

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9:38 AM
9:38 AM
- 9:45 AM

Day One: Keynote Remarks 

Workshops and Forums

Governor Newsom will share insight into how EPIC, California’s premier clean energy research and development program, has driven $2.2 billion in private investment, created jobs, and advanced equity by deploying clean technologies in disadvantaged and low-income communities.    

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Day One: Keynote Remarks 
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9:45 AM
9:45 AM
- 10:30 AM

Day One: Putting Policy to Practice – How the Legislature is Driving Demand for Energy Innovation 

Workshops and Forums

In this fireside chat, hear from members of the California Legislature on how the state’s leadership in energy policy is driving innovation, shaping the market, and making real change in bringing clean energy to all Californians.  

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10:30 AM
10:30 AM
- 11:48 AM

Day One Plenary Panel: Transforming California's Underserved Communities into Technology-Advanced Clean Energy Communities

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In 2016 the California Energy Commission held its first design-build competition to challenge multi-disciplinary teams to come up with replicable and scalable approaches for Advanced Energy Communities, particularly in underserved communities. Four teams were selected for the build-phase. Hear from representatives of these teams about their innovative approaches to transform underserved communities into some of the most technology-advanced clean energy communities in the world.   

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11:48 AM
11:48 AM
- 12:18 PM

Day One: Follow-on Breakout Discussion 1

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Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the opening day plenary in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

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Moderator:  
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11:48 AM
11:48 AM
- 12:18 PM

Day One: Follow-on Breakout Discussions 2

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Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the opening day plenary in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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11:48 AM
11:48 AM
- 12:18 PM

Day One: Follow-on Breakout Discussions  3

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Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the opening day plenary in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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11:48 AM
11:48 AM
- 12:18 PM

Day One: Follow-on Breakout Discussions  4

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Join other audience members in his opportunity to continue the dialogue around the opening day plenary in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

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Moderator
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12:18 PM
12:18 PM
- 1:10 PM

Day One: Virtual Exhibit Hall Opening and Mainstage Session 

Workshops and Forums

Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the opening day plenary in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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1:10 PM
1:10 PM
- 2:00 PM

Day One: California Energy Visionary Awards: Low-Carbon Generation 

Workshops and Forums

Join the kick-off round of the first annual California Energy Visionary Awards, a three-part rapid-fire, cleantech pitch competition and award show. Some of California’s most promising entrepreneurs will describe how their projects are advancing the state’s transition to a clean energy future and how EPIC is helping technologies move from the lab to the marketplace.   

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

Day One Community Talk Sessions: Tribal Focus 

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Join these moderated and interactive round-table discussions with local leaders working to bring clean energy solutions to their communities. Hear first-hand insights into the various challenges these communities face, what their priorities are, and what types of technology solutions they are interested in.  

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9:30 AM
9:30 AM
- 9:40 AM

Day Two: Opening Remarks

Workshops and Forums

Join us as we kickoff Episode 2 of the EPIC Symposium with opening remarks from the California Public Utilities Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves.  

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10:10 AM
10:10 AM
- 11:20 AM

Day Two: California Energy Visionary Awards: Dynamic Buildings and Grid 

Workshops and Forums

Join the second round of the first annual California Energy Visionary Awards, a three-part rapid-fire, cleantech pitch competition and award show. Some of California’s most promising entrepreneurs will describe how their projects are advancing the state’s transition to a clean energy future and how EPIC is helping technologies move from the lab to the marketplace.   

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11:20 AM
11:20 AM
- 12:20 PM

Day Two Breakout 1: Flexible Zero-Emission Resources for a 100% Clean Electricity System 

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Senate Bill 100 has put California on a path to completely decarbonize its electricity sector by 2045. While solar PV has become and will likely continue to be the preferred technology option for electricity generation, its variable nature presents challenges to cost-effectively maintaining reliability in the electricity system. For California to meet the goals of SB 100, new innovations are needed that improve the cost-competitiveness of flexible zero-emission resources such as demand response and geothermal. Learn from industry leaders and technology innovators as this session explores technology advancements to further enable flexible zero-emission resources and their role in realizing a carbon-neutral electricity sector.  

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11:20 AM
11:20 AM
- 12:20 PM

Day Two Breakout 2: The Role of Technology in Drought-Proofing California’s Food and Agriculture Sector 

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Drought conditions are expected to become the norm under climate change and present a significant challenge to California’s industrial and agricultural businesses. In addition to water shortages, these businesses face increasing costs to treat and discharge the wastewater that results from their operations. In response, industrial and agricultural customers are turning to innovative, energy- and water-saving technologies to improve the resiliency of their businesses to future droughts. Hear from EPIC awardees about their projects that aim to enable water efficiency and create cost-friendly options to recycle wastewater onsite for future use.  

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11:20 AM
11:20 AM
- 12:20 PM

Day Two Breakout 3: How Technologies are Supporting Rural Communities 

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Rural communities often experience energy reliability issues. Grid-edge technologies, such as onsite renewable power, battery storage, electric heat pumps and bio energy, have the potential to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy services in rural communities. This session will explore how new grid-edge technologies are being piloted in rural communities, their benefits to rural customers, and opportunities to scale these technologies to other rural communities throughout California.  

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11:20 AM
11:20 AM
- 12:20 PM

Day Two Breakout 4: Holistic Approaches to Transportation Electrification 

Workshops and Forums

Transportation electrification is a key strategy for decarbonizing California’s economy while also providing significant reductions in air pollutants that impact public health. Despite these benefits, barriers to electric vehicle ownership and widespread adoption remain. This session will explore new technology solutions helping to usher in the next-generation of electric vehicle batteries, enable seamless and automated smart charging, and provide data analytics to utilize electric vehicles to support increased reliability of the electric grid.    

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1:00 PM
1:00 PM
- 2:10 PM

Day Two: Virtual Exhibit Hall Open 

Networking Break / Exhibit Hall Opening

Join the technology and policy innovators driving the push to California’s building decarbonization future in a unique virtual showcase experience. Attendees can explore the Forum’s Virtual Exhibit Hall and hear technology demonstrations, download collateral materials, and speak one-on-one with exhibitors.  

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1:00 PM
1:00 PM
- 2:10 PM

Day Two Plenary Panel: Utility Planning for Accelerating Adoption of Storage & Renewables Integration

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We are at the precipice of large-scale, advanced energy solutions adoption. In order to meet the state’s ambitious climate change and clean energy goals, California must implement policies and strategies that accelerate adoption of renewables and energy storage. Join the state’s largest investor-owned utilities for a discussion about incorporating energy innovation into their short and long-term strategies to meet the state’s goals and explore opportunities that exist for further market penetration.  

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2:10 PM
2:10 PM
- 3:00 PM

Day Two Breakout 1 Discussion: Flexible Zero-Emission Resources for a 100% Clean Electricity System

Workshops and Forums

Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the day two Breakout Sessions in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

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2:10 PM
2:10 PM
- 3:00 PM

Day Two Breakout 2 Discussion: The Role of Technology in Drought-Proofing California’s Food and Agriculture Sector 

Workshops and Forums

Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the day two Breakout Sessions in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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2:10 PM
2:10 PM
- 3:00 PM

Day Two Breakout 3 Discussion: How Technologies are Supporting Rural Communities 

Workshops and Forums

Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the day two Breakout Sessions in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

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2:10 PM
2:10 PM
- 3:00 PM

Day Two Breakout 4 Discussion: Holistic Approaches to Transportation Electrification 

Workshops and Forums

Join other audience members in this opportunity to continue the dialogue around the day two Breakout Sessions in small breakout sessions. Admittance into each session will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

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12:20 PM
12:20 PM
- 1:00 PM

Day Two Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Break / Exhibit Hall Opening

Join the technology and policy innovators driving the push to California’s building decarbonization future in a unique virtual showcase experience. Attendees can explore the Forum’s Virtual Exhibit Hall and hear technology demonstrations, download collateral materials, and speak one-on-one with exhibitors.  

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10:10 AM
10:10 AM
- 11:20 AM

Day Two Creating pathways for Decarbonization in the Building Sector 

Workshops and Forums

In this fireside chat, hear from policy and technology leaders as they provide insight on the latest policy initiatives and technological innovations as it relates to building decarbonization.  

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9:30 AM
9:30 AM
- 9:40 AM

Day Three: Opening Remarks 

Workshops and Forums

Join us as we kickoff Episode 2 of the EPIC Symposium with opening remarks from the Chair of the California Energy Commission, David Hochschild.  

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9:40 AM
9:40 AM
- 10:35 AM

Day Three California Energy Visionary Awards: Storage and Mobility 

Workshops and Forums

Join the final round of the first annual California Energy Visionary Awards, a three-part rapid-fire, cleantech pitch competition and award show. Some of California’s most promising entrepreneurs will describe how their projects are advancing the state’s transition to a clean energy future and how EPIC is helping technologies move from the lab to the marketplace.     

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10:35 AM
10:35 AM
- 11:20 AM

Day Three Fireside Chat: From Local to Global - The Role of California in Clean Energy Innovation 

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As shown through its direct bilateral climate action agreements with numerous countries, California is seen as a global leader in promoting clean energy and tackling climate change. Through technology, policy, and advocacy, California continues to provide leadership on energy and climate related issues. Join Chair Hochschild in the fight against climate change as this session explores the way California has and continues to pave the way in climate action.   

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11:20 AM
11:20 AM
- 11:50 AM

Day Three California Energy Visionary Awards - Announcement of Winners

Join us as we announce the winning presentations from the first annual California Energy Visionary Awards, a three-part rapid-fire, cleantech pitch competition and award show featuring some of California’s most promising entrepreneurs.  

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11:50 AM
11:50 AM
- 1:00 PM

Day Three: Virtual Exhibit Hall Open 

Networking Break / Exhibit Hall Opening

Join the technology and policy innovators driving the push to California’s building decarbonization future in a unique virtual showcase experience. Attendees can explore the Forum’s Virtual Exhibit Hall and hear technology demonstrations, download collateral materials, and speak one-on-one with exhibitors.  

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1:00 PM
1:00 PM
- 1:55 PM

Day Three Lightning Talk Sessions 1: Clean Grid Technologies 

Workshops and Forums

Significant innovation has taken place in the effort to make a more resilient and decarbonized electricity system. Lightning Talks bring these innovations to the forefront in fast-paced, five-minute presentations from some of the leading visionaries and industry disruptors. These separate and simultaneous breakout sessions will feature different industry leaders and technology developers that are highlighting the way toward a clean energy future. 

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1:00 PM
1:00 PM
- 1:55 PM

Day Three Lightning Talk Sessions 2: Efficiency Technologies 

Workshops and Forums

Significant innovation has taken place in the effort to make a more resilient and decarbonized electricity system. Lightning Talks bring these innovations to the forefront in fast-paced, five-minute presentations from some of the leading visionaries and industry disruptors. These separate and simultaneous breakout sessions will feature different industry leaders and technology developers that are highlighting the way toward a clean energy future.

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1:00 PM
1:00 PM
- 1:55 PM

Day Three Lightning Talk Sessions 3: Resilient Technologies 

Workshops and Forums

Significant innovation has taken place in the effort to make a more resilient and decarbonized electricity system. Lightning Talks bring these innovations to the forefront in fast-paced, five-minute presentations from some of the leading visionaries and industry disruptors. These separate and simultaneous breakout sessions will feature different industry leaders and technology developers that are highlighting the way toward a clean energy future.  

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1:00 PM
1:00 PM
- 1:55 PM

Day Three Lightning Talk Sessions 4: Building Decarbonization Technologies  

Workshops and Forums

Significant innovation has taken place in the effort to make a more resilient and decarbonized electricity system. Lightning Talks bring these innovations to the forefront in fast-paced, five-minute presentations from some of the leading visionaries and industry disruptors. These separate and simultaneous breakout sessions will feature different industry leaders and technology developers that are highlighting the way toward a clean energy future.  

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1:55 PM
1:55 PM
- 2:00 PM

Day Three: Closing Remarks 

Workshops and Forums
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California Energy Visionary Awards 

The EPIC Virtual Symposium featured the inaugural California Energy Visionary Awards. Over the three-day event, clean tech entrepreneurs participated in rapid-fire, cleantech pitch competitions to spotlight how their organizations are helping to shape a cleaner and brighter future for California.    

Pitch sessions were judged by panels of clean energy experts who evaluated each organization on a variety of criteria, including exceptional market potential, positive impact to California ratepayers, innovative approaches to the market, thoughtful solutions to address market barriers, and opportunity to positively impact California’s disadvantaged communities. In addition, symposium attendees had the opportunity to vote live for which pitch they felt should win the awards for the "Biggest Impact for Energy Equity!" and the "California Energy Visionary of the Year!" 

The awards were presented live on Wednesday, October 21 during the symposium. 

Watch the recording here. 

2020 Award Winners

Award Category: 

Best in Dynamic Buildings and Grid Award 

Award Category: 

Best in Low Carbon Generation 

Award Categories: 

Storage and Mobility AND Biggest Impact for Energy Equity 

Award Category: 

California Energy Visionary of the Year