Energy Development and Transmission - June 12, 2014

Essential Elements for the Future of the San Joaquin Valley


The purpose of Energizing the Valley and Generating Jobs is to connect state and San Joaquin Valley leaders to identify and launch immediate energy-based climate change mitigation action steps and economic development in the San Joaquin Valley.


The objective is to leave the host venue with a to-do list and responsible parties.


Top Ten Trends

    Panel One: Fossil Fuels

  1. Create a valley-specific energy vision/focus to align producers, industry, education, government, end users
  2. Research agenda: Improve efficiency of today’s vehicles and de-carbonize natural gas and fuels for tomorrow
  3. Energy should be a core curriculum issue with K-12, CCCs, universities, adult education
  4. Panel Two: Renewable Fuels

  5. Increase use of anaerobic digesters/biogas from agricultural sources
  6. Streamline regulatory issues regarding renewable technologies
  7. Panel Three: Herding the Electrons

  8. Develop energy storage plan for California
  9. Engage WHCCD with emerging projects (e.g., BIODICO/Novus) to encourage education/training for scale-up
  10. Combined WHCCD/Cal Poly curriculum development and training/retraining (irrigation tech/energy)
  11. Panel Four: Energizing Employment

  12. Work with energy employers to create education/training programs that match future workforce needs
  13. Chart barriers, seek alternatives in order to leverage results

Premier Session Sponsors

Resnick Foundation
Harris Woolf Farms
The Gualco Group
Westside Institute
California Community Colleges - Doing What Matters for jobs and the economy
Central Mother Lode Region Consortium
WHCCD Foundation

Essential Elements is grateful for the continuing support and leadership of the following agencies:

The Gualco Group
San Joaquin Valley Partnership
California Forward
Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GOBiz)
University of California, Office of the President
California State University, Fresno
Harris Farms/Harris Ranch
California Department of Food and Agriculture
United States Bureau of Reclamation
Fresno County Farm Bureau
Kings County Farm Bureau
Madera County Farm Bureau
Merced County Farm Bureau
San Joaquin County Farm Bureau
Tulare County Farm Bureau
California League of Food Processors
Almond Board of California
State Water Resources Control Board
United States Department of Agriculture
Kings River Conservation District
San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority
Latino Water Coalition
Bank of America
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
University of California, Merced
Central Valley Higher Education Consortium
California Council on Economic & Environmental Balance
Construction Trade Unions
California Energy Commission
California Department of Food & Agriculture
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
Meyers Family Farms
Paramount Farms
Merced Irrigation District
Modesto Irrigation District
Metropolitan Water District
Westlands Water District
Kern County Water Agency
Friant Water Authority
California Citrus Mutual
California Association of Winegrape Growers
Western Growers Association
California Biodiversity Council
Association of California Water Agencies
Pacific Gas and Electric
Western States Petroleum Association
Burlington Northern Railway
Union Pacific Railroad
Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges