2015 Forum Program

Philomathia-Forum-cropSolutions for the 2025/30 International Climate Accord: Scaling-up Clean Energy Production, Policy Innovations, and Business Investment

Dates: March 18 and 19, 2015
LocationHearst Memorial Mining Building and Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

6:00 pm  
Welcome Reception
Location: Atrium, Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley

Thursday, March 19, 2015

7:45 - 8:30 am
Coffee, Refreshments and Networking
Location: Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley (just outside Banatao Auditorium)

8:30 - 8:45 am
Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley
Paul Wright, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI)

9:00 am
International Challenges for a Clean Energy Economy
John Woolard, Vice President of Energy, Google

9:30 am
Manufacturing Scale-Up and Clean Energy
Sir Mike GregoryDirector of the Institute for Manufacturing, and Director of the Institute for Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University

10:00 am
Panel: Science & Technology for Carbon-free Alternatives at the Right Price
Moderator: Stuart Bernstein, Global Head of Clean Technology, Goldman Sachs

  • Solar Energy as Base Power
    Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Deeper Efficiency and Cost Reductions for PV
    Craig Peters, Co-Founder, PLANT PV
  • Scaling of Biofuels
    Chris SomervilleDirector, Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley
  • New Business Models for Nuclear Energy Enabled by Modular Design, Scalability and Global Markets
    Per Peterson, Professor, UC Berkeley
  • US Thermoelectric Power Solutions
    Matt Scullin, CEO Alphabet Energy

11:15 am
Policy’s Role to Accelerate Clean Energy in China and the U.S
He Jiankun, Professor, Tsinghua University Beijing, and Deputy Director of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change, PRC

11:45 am
Panel: Pioneering Policy Solutions at International, Federal and State Levels
Moderator: Lynn Price, Leader of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's China Energy Group 

  • Minimizing Methane emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry
    Ben Ratner, Environmental Defense Fund
  • California’s AB32
    Danny CullenwardPhilomathia Fellow, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, UC Berkeley
  • EU Carbon Policy in Action
    Claudio Marcantonini, European University Institute, Florence/Fiesole, Italy
  • Mexico’s New Energy Growth
    Alejandro Poiré, Dean, Tecnológico de Monterrey

12:30 - 1:15 pm
Location: Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley (just outside Banatao Auditorium)

1:15 pm
Lunch Keynote:  A Governor’s Obsession: Energy Federalism - Job Growth through Clean Energy Policy in the States
Jennifer GranholmFormer Governor of Michigan & Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Introduction by Cheryl Martin, Former Acting Director, ARPA-E

1:55 pm
Overview of afternoon sessions
Eric Yeatman, Director, Digital Economy Lab, Imperial College London

2:00 pm
The Next Decade on the Bridge to Renewables
Arjun MurtiAdvisor, Energy Group, Warburg Pincus LLC

2:30 pm
Panel: The Responsible Transition to Low Carbon Alternatives & Renewables
Moderator: David Dornfeld, Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability, UC Berkeley

  • Climate Science & Industrial Impacts
    William Collins, Head, Climate Science Department, LBNL
  • How Behavioral Science Can Lower your Energy Bill
    Jacob Levine, Director for Strategy, Opower Inc.,
  • Software for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • Edward Ng, Professor of Architecture, Chinese University Hong Kong
  • Green Spirals of Clean Energy Grown
    John Zysman, Professor, UC Berkeley
  • Modeling for a "Switch" to Clean Energy
    Dan Kammen, Professor, UC Berkeley

3:45 pm
Investments that Scale Renewable Energy in China
Sonny Wu, Co-founder and Director of GSR Ventures, Beijing, China

4:15 pm
Panel: Investment Opportunities in a Sustainable Grid: DG, Distributed Storage, Grid and Engaged Consumers
Moderator: Jeff McDermott, Managing Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors

  • European Grid Investments and Policies that can Encourage Renewable Energy Growth
    Tim Green, Director, Energy Futures Laboratory, Imperial College London
  • Solar as Base Power
    Nadia Maïzi, Nice Grid Project, and Professor, MINES ParisTech
  • New Ultra-high-resolution Measurements to Successfully Integrate Distributed Generation into the Existing Distribution Grid
    Alex McEachern, President, Power Standards Laboratory; Fellow, IEEE; Convenor, IEC
  • Energy Storage as a Foundation for Renewables
    Janice Lin, Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen Consulting LLC; Co-Founder and Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA); Board of Directors and Chair of the Executive Committee, Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA)

5:15 pm
Panel: The Perspective of the Next Generation of Energy and Climate Students
Moderator: Cathy Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

  • Graduate Students
    Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative
  • Educating the Public in Climate Change Urgency
    Journalism School
  • Undergraduates who Worked around the Globe
    Cal Energy Corps 

6:00 pm
Energy and Climate Urgency: A Global Alliance for Solutions and Actions
Nicholas B. Dirks Chancellor, UC Berkeley

6:10 pm
Location: Kvamme Atrium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley