Getting It Built Right

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“Getting It Built Right” was a one-day event held to promote discussion with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) regarding key considerations for project development, including perspectives on land use, local community impacts, project viability, opportunities for labor, environmental justice, and environmental effects. The event was held on Nov. 3, 2023 in San Jose.


— Event Notes —


Slides from the event and its speakers can be accessed here.


Public comments received

About the event: CC Power works with CCAs to procure and build clean energy resources.  Many new clean energy projects are needed for CCAs to meet their goals and to deliver clean power to customers.  Developing clean energy projects can be challenging and must consider many factors.  Stakeholder input can inform CC Power’s efforts, as well as the efforts of individual CCAs.  This workshop was held to advance this conversation, enable stakeholder input, and inform CC Power on key perspectives and considerations in “Getting It Built Right.”


*A quorum of the CC Power Board of Directors may be present and participate, but no official Board vote or action will be taken at this event. This event is open to the public.


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

►  Geof Syphers, CEO, Sonoma Clean Power
►  Other CC Power Board Members

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Setting the Stage: CCAs, Procurement Needs, Electric System Transformation

Geof Syphers
CEO, Sonoma Clean Power
Beth Vaughan
CEO, California Community Choice Association (CalCCA)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: Challenges with clean energy project development

Danielle Mills
Director of Market Policy Development, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
Cody Hill
Sr. Vice President, Battery Systems, REV Renewables

11:00 – 11:20 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Session 3: Strategies for Getting Things Built and Built Right – Part 1

Kate Kelly
Defenders of Wildlife
Erica Brand
California Energy Commission
Sarah Xu
Senior Policy Associate, Brightline Defense Project

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.


1:20 – 2:20 p.m.

Session 4: Strategies for Getting Things Built and Built Right – Part 2

Rick Bonilla
Principal, Authorized Personnel and Labor
Alex Lantsberg
Research and Advocacy Director, San Francisco Electrical Construction Industry
Eric Veium
Director of CCA Workforce and EJ Alliance

2:20 – 2:45 p.m.

Closing Comments

Geof Syphers, CEO, Sonoma Clean Power