Leading the Clean Energy Revolution
The Bay Area offers an ideal setting from which to begin moving the goals that were outlined at the December 2015 COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties climate change talks in Paris. Thanks to our region’s investment in research and development, depth of entrepreneurial talent and resources, progressive regulatory frameworks, and international partnerships with countries like China, the Bay Area is developing some of the most exciting advances in energy technologies we have yet seen. California’s stature and prosperity are founded on decades of visionary investments in clean and renewable energy. The economic, environmental and technological realities of this century require a new understanding of where our energy reseaarch and development is headed.
2016 Clean Energy Ministerial
In June 2016, the Bay Area Council worked with the U.S. Department of Energy to put on the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco. The Clean Energy Ministerial is the follow-up meeting to the COP21 talks. The energy ministries of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated.
CEM7 brought the global energy policymakers together with visionaries from the business and investment communities and other clean energy experts to drive high-impact, real-world action. In addition to ministerial working sessions and public-private roundtable discussions, CEM7 featured a clean energy action day with opportunities for the energy ministers and business leaders to highlight ambitious clean energy efforts and announce new actions to help achieve national and global clean energy goals. A two-day tented technology exhibit in San Francisco’s Union Square showcased clean energy technologies and innovative business models driving clean energy deployment around the world.
Silicon Valley is recognized as a global hub of the clean energy industry and venture capital, and was the ideal place to host nations eager to accelerate the global clean energy revolution.
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Clean Energy Committee Chair
Anthony Earley Jr., Executive Chair of the Board, PG&E Corp.