Growing the Mexico – California Renewable Energy Alliance


The Honorable Guillermo Zúñiga of the Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Set to Keynote the Renewables Rush Conference in April

NEW YORKFeb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Mexico and California have taken bold steps resulting in agreements to forge common efforts to pursue clean energy and address climate change in unprecedented ways. Despite the tense standoff between Mexico and the Trump administration, coupled with the administration’s stance on climate change, the state of California and Mexico along with Canada are focused on achieving greater collaboration on sustainability.

On April 5 in San Francisco, the Renewables Rush, presented by Energy Times, will explore California’s massive commitment to the greening of the electricity sector and the impact it will have on utilities and large energy consumers.

The Honorable Guillermo Zúñiga of the Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission together with Commissioner David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission will discuss how California – a state with an economy greater than all but five nations in the world – is working closely with Mexico to develop a vision for a profoundly differing energy collaboration not limited by national borders. During the keynote presentation Zúñiga and Hochschild will discuss what has been accomplished, what is envisioned for the future and what it means for the future of energy both within America and globally.

Click here to read the Energy Times interview with Zúñiga by Marty Rosenberg, Editorial Director, Energy Times and Event Chair, Renewables Rush.

“The US is poised to take a divergent direction on energy policy under the Trump administration. Are we headed for an energy civil war?,” asks Rosenberg.

Rosenberg added, “The largest states on both coasts have bold agendas to address climate change by ratcheting up renewables and energy storage. Yet the president and his team don’t believe that climate change is occurring. We’re bringing the industry leaders and energy policymakers together to discuss this policy divide. Attendees will hear what it will mean for electric utilities, entrepreneurs, energy companies and everyone else moving forward.”

The Renewables Rush will gather a large network of visionaries, implementers, decision makers and influencers that are charting the course for the future of electric power generation, delivery and usage.

Leading public utility and energy policymakers will discuss how building a green, sustainable energy sector is creating an entire new spectrum of business opportunities, and how business models and regulations must change.  Additional featured speakers include:

  • Governor Bill Ritter Jr., Former Governor of Colorado and Center for the New Energy Economy, Director
  • John Woolard, Former Google, VP of Energy and Former BrightSource Energy, CEO
  • Dan Skopec, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
  • David OwensEdison Electric Institute, Executive Vice President, Business Operations & Regulatory Affairs
  • J. Andrew Murphy, Edison International, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning
  • Steve MalnightPacific Gas & Electric, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
  • George Waidelich, Albertsons Companies, Energy Operations
  • Steve Kiesner, Edison Electric Institute, Sr. Director, National Customer Markets
  • Dan Loflin, Geli, Chief Executive Officer
  • Ben Bartlett, California Clean Energy Fund & Berkeley City Council, Director, Strategic Partnerships
  • Geof Syphers, Sonoma Clean Power, Chief Executive Officer
  • Lorenzo Kristov, California ISO, Principal, Market & Infrastructure Policy
  • Ralph Cavanaugh, NRDC, Co-Director, Energy Program

PG&E is the host utility sponsor, San Diego Gas & Electric is a utility sponsor, Black & Veatch is the gold sponsor, Edison Electric Institute is the association sponsor and Smart Wires and Burns & McDonnell are among the industry sponsors.

To learn more about the conference, visit here to register to discover how to best profit from the energy transformation.

Media interested in obtaining media credentials to attend the Renewables Rush or to schedule on-site interviews with conference speakers, contact Ashley Lutz at

To learn about Renewables Rush sponsorship opportunities, contact Todd Hagen at

Energy Times provides online news and insight on the business and strategy of generation, delivering and using electric power. Coverage includes the news, trends and solutions that impact both energy providers and energy customers in the new energy landscape. It organized the landmark “Empowering Customers & Cities” event about the new utility business model.

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Ashley Lutz
Marketing Manager
Energy Times + Renewables Rush

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