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What does COVID-19 Mean For The Clean Energy Transition?

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The Energy Systems Management program held its first webinar on COVID-19 and its impact on the clean energy transition. Please see the recording here.

Read more about our three panelists:

Michael Colvin | Director, California Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Michael Colvin is the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, California Energy Program at Environmental Defense Fund. Based out of EDF’s San Francisco office, Michael focuses on building decarbonization, gas utility business models, wholesale electricity markets and transportation electrification matters. Across each of these issues, Michael’s focuses on minimizing investment risk and aligning utility incentives with affordable, clean and safe energy services. Prior to joining EDF, Michael spent 10 years at the California Public Utilities Commission working on various energy and utility safety matters. Michael was energy advisor to former Commissioners Mark J. Ferron and Catherine J.K. Sandoval. Michael holds a Masters in Public Policy and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Economics, both from the University of California, Berkeley. More information can be found at http://www.edf.org/

Karen Douglas | Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Commissioner Karen Douglas is serving her third term on the California Energy Commission. She served as chair from February 2009 to February 2011. Commissioner Douglas also served as director of the California Climate Initiative at the Environmental Defense Fund. Before going to the Environmental Defense Fund, Commissioner Douglas spent four years at the Planning and Conservation League. Commissioner Douglas graduated from Stanford Law School in 2001 and has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Danny Kennedy | Chief Energy Officer, New Energy Nexus

Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda and India. He acts as Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy and the $12m CalTestBed initiative with UCOP. Kennedy also serves as President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs, universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage. Kennedy authored Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. Prior to being an entrepreneur and investor he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate & energy since 1989.

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