Energy Retrofit:

How California Cities are Overhauling Infrastructure for Greater Sustainability

A Half-Day Seminar

On the morning of March 20, 2014, ICFA will host a half-day seminar dedicated to exploring the growing number of opportunities available to cities for overhauling infrastructure to save energy and money. A keynote address will be given by Scott Murtishaw, Energy Advisor to President Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Event Details:

Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, the first hotel in Los Angeles to be awarded the Green Seal Silver Certification for its investments in environmentally friendly practices. The ticket price of $25 includes parking and a buffet lunch. (Click the “Register now” button below to pay by credit card, or if you would prefer to pay by check, please contact ICFA Executive Director Debbie Smith at or (877) 906-0941.

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About the Program:

day sky 1The first half of the morning will be devoted to a discussion of municipal street lighting retrofits and how cities all over California are saving money and energy by updating their infrastructure. Our panelists will include Ellen Volmert (City Manager of La Palma), Jason Caudle (Deputy City Manager of Lancaster), Frank Mann (Climatec Energy Solutions), and John King (Southern California Edison). Please see below for more information on our panelists.

The second session will consider the potential benefits of solar installations and explore how cities are using Power Purchase Agreements to rennovate with no out-of-pocket expense. Our panelists will include Darrel Pyle (City Manager of Hanford), Michael Chapin (Connor Energy), Scott Schumacher (Borrego Solar), Sophie Akins (Best Best & Krieger LLP), and Gary Barsley (Southern California Edison). Please see below for more information on our panelists.

Keynote Address to Be Given By Scott Murtishaw

Scott-Murtishaw websiteScott Murtishaw is an advisor to President Peevey at the CPUC, where he has played a key role in shaping the CPUC’s climate policy. His work has focused on the design of the cap and trade system, policies for large and small-scale renewables, and electric rate design. Prior to joining the CPUC, Scott was a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he authored studies on a wide variety of energy and climate policy topics. He has also been a guest researcher at the International Energy Agency in Paris. He holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

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About the Panelists:

Frank Mann website Frank Mann: In his current role at Climatec, Frank is one of the leaders of the California Energy Services team. For the last 17 years, Frank has served as executive in charge of more than $75 M in comprehensive energy conservation projects throughout the State. This has included energy savings performance contracts at cities, counties, higher education, K-12 and water/wastewater facilities.

Ellen webpageEllen Volmert: Ms. Volmert is the City Manager of La Palma, California. She brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, community relations, capital project management, economic development, budgeting, and risk management – all factors that have come into play as La Palma considers its options in increasing sustainability.

Scott_Schumacher_webpageScott Schumacher. Mr. Schumacher is a Project Developer working out of Borrego Solar’s headquarters in San Diego. His understanding of the various PV technologies equips him with the skills needed to help customers increase the efficiency and yield of their solar solutions. Scott’s a licensed Attorney in California, and has been published in Global Solar Technology on the topic of “high purity performance chemicals.”

DarrelPyle swepageDarrel Pyle. Mr. Pyle has been a City Manager since 2005, first in the City of Tulare, and since 2012 at the city of Hanford, California, where he has been at the forefront of efforts to incorporate solar power into the city’s energy portfolio. He brings his experience in this arena to our second panel discussion of the morning.

Akins websiteSophie A. Akins. Sophie Akins is a partner of Best Best & Krieger LLP and leader of the firm’s Renewable Energy practice group, specializing primarily in solar and renewable energy projects, proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and public contract issues. From 2007-09, Ms. Akins worked on a little over 14% of the State’s public agency solar projects, including but not limited to, solar projects for the Poway Unified School District, Rancho California Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Valley Center Municipal Water District, the Zone 7 Water Agency, and Dixon Unified School District.

Caudle websiteJason Caudle. Jason Caudle was appointed Deputy City Manager of the City of Lancaster in November 2008. During his tenure, Mr. Caudle has played an integral role in the development and implementation of several multi-scaled sustainable energy projects. He has overseen the formation of the Lancaster Power Authority (LPA) and the state-wide California Clean Energy Authority (CCEA). Working closely with City planners and solar developers, he continues to promote dynamic public-private partnerships on behalf of the City.

Mchapin websiteMichael Chapin. Mr. Chapin is the President of Connor Energy. Since 1998, Mr. Chapin has been a municipal finance consultant providing municipal debt financing services to over 60 different California Agencies. Over the past 5 years, Mr. Chapin has continually worked developing energy finance programs, such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs and specialized Solar PV Financing. In 2011, Mr. Chapin worked to issue California’s first multi-jurisdictional PACE Bond Issue helping fund new energy projects and create local jobs for California Communities.

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John King manages a group of account representatives who work with water, agriculture, health care, and K-12 educational customers across Southern California Edison’s territory. John also leads special project efforts for the SCE Business Customer Division including San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), Chino Hills Transmission Undergrounding, and Street Light Issues and Acquisition.

G Barsley websiteGary Barsley. Gary Barsley is Manager of Distributed Generation Programs at Southern California Edison, a group that includes administering the California Solar Initiative (CSI) solar rebate program for SCE’s customers, as well as programs for customer wind and fuel cell energy projects, and battery/ energy storage technologies. All of these programs provide incentives and education to customers who want to install self-generation technology to produce electricity for their own use at their home or business. Prior to his current role at SCE, Gary was Director of Projects for six years at Shell Solar Industries and SolarWorld Industries, doing large-scale solar PV projects for commercial and public agency customers.

Space is limited. Register today!

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ICFA would like to thank the sponsors of this event:

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