• CPUC's 21st Century Thought Leaders in Essential Industries Speaker Series

    The CPUC is hosting this ongoing guest speaker series designed to stimulate thought and discussion of some of the most pressing challenges facing California utility regulators and the Thoughtleaders Logoprivate sector industries impacted by state policies. Leading experts from around the world take center stage to offer their expertise and vision in areas such as communications, energy, water, transportation, the environment, green jobs, and more. These events are free and open to the public and take place in the CPUC's Auditorium at 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. The events are also viewable via video webcast in real time and also archived. 

     

    For questions or comments about a Thought Leaders event, either during the event or otherwise, please contact thoughtleaders@cpuc.ca.gov. You can also send us your suggestions regarding topics and speakers and feedback on our events.


  • Information on Upcoming and Past Events

  • The Shrinking Rate Base: The Case Of Cloud Computing: A moderated discussion of how the new information economy is changing the way regulated utilities operate and how they communicate with customers.  How should the utilities fulfill these obligations? Does the regulatory system provide appropriate direction to the utilities regarding the kinds of services that should be produced within the organization and what should be purchased from the outside?

    Water Landscape: A panel focused on the water issues of interest likely to be in discussion 10 years from now. Topics include groundwater monitoring and pumping, rights to recycled wastewater, pricing of water, data collaboration and sharing, and building of additional supply.

    Energy Landscape: A panel focused on balancing load growth with new supply, and the trade-offs between investments in generation services and grid services with the utility’s overall safety obligations .  The panel will include a discussion of projections for energy supply, grid infrastructure and operations, and customer demand in 2027.

    CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio and former New York Public Service Commission Special Energy Advisor Rudy Stegemoeller will discuss two proceedings vital to the expansion and upgrade of the distribution grids in California and New York, namely California’s Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) and New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

    A discussion on a wide range of climate change topics from the current science, the Paris Treaty and the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, to the imperatives of mitigation and adaptation actions.

    A presentation by Dr. Susan F. Tierney of the Analysis Group discussing her latest paper on distributed energy resources titled, “The Value of ‘DER’ to ‘D’”

    A discussion about the costs of new sources of water for Californians as traditional sources have become constrained, including the costs associated with conservation, recycling, and desalination.

    A panel discussion on autonomous vehicles that will address questions such as the current, future, and futurist applications of autonomous vehicles; the challenges and opportunities for innovators, safety regulators, and urban planners; and the possible impact on various private sector transportation business models, including Transportation Network Companies (e.g., UberX, Lyft) and taxis, among others (e.g., car-sharing), and their accompanying regulations.

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