CEC Chair Wisenmiller to Speak at IV Renewable Energy Summit


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(El Centro, CA) – Chair of the California Energy Commission Dr. Robert Wisenmiller heads a list of distinguished renewable energy experts slated to speak at the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit set for March 13-15.


Registration is still open for “Imperial Valley: The Power of Opportunity” Summit that will be held at the Barbara Worth Resort and Country Club in Holtville, Ca.


Banquet keynote speaker Michael Picker, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy Facilities, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Michael Picker has served Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Gray Davis as Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Facilities. During the last four years, Michael has been involved in the authorization of 150 clean energy projects, totaling near $25 billion in in-state investment and 16,000 megawatts of electricity and creating almost 25,000 highly skilled construction jobs.


“The number and caliber of speakers at the Summit this year is extraordinary,” said Timothy E. Kelley, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. president/CEO. “The expertise, insight and vision they represent will provide a great opportunity to explore the progress made by the region’s maturing renewable energy industry as well as a forum to discuss the challenges that still lie ahead.”


Other confirmed Summit speakers include: Martin Hermann, CEO and Founder, 8minutenergy Renewables; Tina Anderholt Shields, P.E., Colorado River Resources Manager, Imperial Irrigation District; Carl D. Stills, Interim Energy Manager, Imperial Irrigation District, Armando Villa, Planning & Development Services Director, Imperial County Planning & Development Services; Greg Aguilar, VP, Renewable Energy Finance & Leasing, Rabobank, N.A; Tony Toranto, Partner, Sheppard Mullin; and Brian J. Harenza, Managing Director, Hannon Armstrong.


The Summit also features an expo of vendors and developers, tours of the array of renewable projects already generating energy or under construction and abundant networking opportunities.


“This is a dynamic industry and the Summit this year will focus on emerging technologies and showcase the region’s importance in fulfilling California’s ambitious renewable energy goals,” said Thomas Topuzes, Thomas Topuzes & Associates, LLC, president & CEO, who is chairing this year’s event.


Registration forms, sponsor information and booth registration are available at the Imperial Valley Economic Development website, www.ivedc.com.