On Oct. 4, 2012, the CPUC will host its 10th annual En Banc with the theme of Building on Success at the USC Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles.
The CPUC’s five Commissioners will be joined by The Honorable Curren Price, California Senate; The Honorable Steven Bradford, California Assembly; The Honorable Gwen Moore; C.L. Max Nikias, USC President; David Hinson, National Director Minority Business Development Agency; utility executives; and others.
The CPUC’s Supplier Diversity program promotes and monitors procurement from diverse suppliers by energy utilities, telecommunication and cable companies, and also water utilities. The CPUC encourages investor-owned utilities to purchase 21.5 percent of goods and services from diverse firms (15 percent minority owned firms, 5 percent women owned firms, and 1.5 percent disabled veteran owned firms).
The En Banc follows the release this month of the CPUC’s 2011 General Order 156 report to the legislature titled, 2011 Utility Procurement of Goods, Services, and Fuel from Women-, Minority-, and Disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprises (WMDVBE). The report shows that utility spending on WMDVBE procurement increased from $5.17 billion in 2010 to $7.2 billion in 2011.
There are 34 companies that file annual reports with the CPUC, and collectively these 34 companies procured 30 percent of their total contract needs from diverse and small suppliers.
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On Oct. 26, 2012, in San Francisco the CPUC is hosting the latest session of its Thought Leaders Speaker Series. The topic is Green Economy Partnerships and it will feature a keynote address by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, followed by a panel discussion in which he will serve as moderator.
Panelists for the session are Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors; Doug Avery, CALCTP Manager, Southern California Edison; and Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board.
This discussion will introduce the strategic public/private partnerships focused on developing the green economy in California. Green Economy Partnerships will highlight partnerships between multiple stakeholders such as utilities, government, industry, labor, educators, and investors who are aimed at leveraging limited resources and removing barriers in an effort to drive sustainable economic, environmental, and societal benefits.
To register for this event (not required, but appreciated) and for more information on Thought Leaders, including remote access information, please visit the Thought Leaders webpage.
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