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14th Annual Energy Event

Pathways to Decarbonization


October 12, 2023


OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa


8:30 – 1:00 Conference/Lunch

2:00 – 5:00 OC Sustainability Decathlon Awards and Tours 

14th Annual Energy Event


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What is the Energy Event?

Sustain SoCal presents its 14th Annual Energy Conference, Pathways to Decarbonization.

This conference will delve into the status of decarbonization solutions in the industrial, commercial and governmental sectors. There will also be a session on incentives, policy and legislation and, as usual, we will highlight our local energy innovators.

Speakers include key decision makers from corporations in various industries, innovators, public and private investment firms, government, agencies, utilities, banks, non-profits and other industry leaders.

Topics include electrification, hydrogen, Inflation Reduction Act, renewables, built environment, agriculture, grant incentives, investor trends, ESG and innovation.

Over the course of its thirteen years, this event has attracted thousands and continues to be a launching point for key connections and collaborations leading to economic growth and solutions for Southern California’s evolving energy needs and sustainability goals.

This year, we are pleased and thankful to collaborate and collocate with the OC Sustainability Decathlon at the OC Fairgrounds. After our event, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the Decathlon’s award ceremony and tour the contestants’ homes.

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Admission includes:

  • Conference
  • Lunch
  • OC Sustainability Decathlon Awards and Tours

FREE parking at the OC Fairgrounds for the first 100 registrants!





Welcome by Sustain SoCal Board of Directors

·      Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain SoCal

·      Michele Davidson, President & CEO, FTS Lighting Services

·      Dennis Calvert, CEO, BioLargo

·      Scott Long, CEO, NileBuilt

·      Bob Stephenson, Managing Director, ROTH Capital Partners

·      Tom Koutroulis, Director, County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling


Welcome by the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon

·      Kristina Lamb, Event Director, Orange County Sustainability Decathlon


Delivering on California’s Energy Goals: Resource Diversity, Reliability and Resilience

·      Antonia Castro-Graham, Director of Energy Policy & Strategy, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects

·      Angelina Galiteva, Board of Governors, CA ISO; CEO, ARCHES

·      Fred Robinson, CEO, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects


Hydrogen Hub Status / ARCHES

·      Angelina Galiteva, Board of Governors, CA ISO; CEO, ARCHES


Pathways to Industrial Decarbonization

·       Matt Gregori, Technology Development Mgr, Research, Development & Demonstration, SoCalGas

·      Mack Hopen, Commercialization Manager/Hydrogen, Modern Hydrogen

·      Pierre Groleau, GM North America, Metron


Decarbonizing Entertainment

·      Edan Simpson, Director of Business Development Pacific Region, Siemens

·      Zena Harris, Founder & President, Green Spark Group

·      Matt Adler, Director of Corporate and Sports Partnerships, Green Sports Alliance

·      Randal Kaufman, Sales Director, Black & Veatch




How Orange County Power Authority and Regional Energy Networks are helping California Decarbonize

·      Craig Perkins, President & Executive Director, The Energy Coalition (Moderator)

·      Fred Jung, Mayor of Fullerton and Chair of Orange County Power Authority

·      Joe Mosca, Interim CEO, Orange County Power Authority

·      Minh Le, General Manager – Energy and Environmental Services, Los Angeles County


A Brief Look at Considerations in Global Decarbonization

·      Marv Sepe, Senior Vice President, CTC Global


Decarbonization on Tribal Lands

·      Tanya Martinez, Senior Director of Development, AES


Countdown to 2045: Edison’s Perspective on Statewide Decarbonization

·      Stephen Collins, Sr. Manager, Strategic Planning, Southern California Edison


The Climate Action Business Incubator

·      Chris Karr, Project Lead, Climate Business Incubator, RevHub


Innovator Showcase

·      Aeras Technologies, Clay Sandidge, President & CEO

·      BioLargo, Dennis Calvert, CEO

·      facil ai, Keith Gipson, CEO

·      Flick Power, Andre Ramirez, Founder

·      Gate5, Steve Delson, CEO

·      Hago Energetics, Wilson Hago, CEO

·      Promethium, Geoffrey Van Haeren, COO

·      Sapphire Energy, Steve Richards, VP Engineering


Residential Decarbonization: Presentations by OC Sustainability Decathlon Participants

·      Brigham Young University

·      Cal Poly Pomona

·      CSU Fullerton

·      CSU Long Beach

·      CSU Northridge

·      Rancho Cielo

·      Tongji University / University of East London / Laguna College of Art + Design

·      UC Irvine / Orange Coast College

·      UC Irvine Engineering

·      UC Riverside

·      UC San Diego / Zhejiang Normal University

·      UC Santa Cruz

·       University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

·      Virginia Tech


Closing Comments and Luncheon


OC Sustainability Decathlon Awards Ceremony


OC Sustainability Decathlon Home Tours


Antonia Castro-Graham

Antonia Castro-Graham

Director of Energy Policy & Strategy

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects

Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins

Sr. Manager, Strategic Planning

Southern California Edison (SCE)

Angelina Galiteva, Interim President, ARCHES

Angelina Galiteva

Board of Governors, CA ISO

Interim President, ARCHES


Matt Gregori

Technology Development Manager, Research, Development & Demonstration


Pierre Groleau

Pierre Groleau

GM North America


Wilson Hago

Wilson Hago

Founder & CEO

Hago Energetics, Inc.

Adrian Hightower, MWD

Adrian Hightower, PhD, PE, ENV-SP

Sustainability and Resilience Manager

Metropolitan Water District of SC

Mack Hopen

Mack Hopen

Commercialization Manager/Hydrogen

Modern Hydrogen

Selene Lawrence

Selene Lawrence

Energy and Outreach Administrator

City of Irvine

Fred Robinson

Fred Robinson


BayWa r.e. Solar Projects

Edan Simpson, Seimans

Edan Simpson

Director of Business Development, Pacific Region


Marvin W Sepe CTC global

Marvin Sepe

Senior Vice President

CTC Global

Zena Harris, Green Spark Group

Zena Harris

Founder, President

Green Spark Group

Minh Le, General Manager – Los Angeles County

Minh Le

General Manager

Los Angeles County

Joe Mosca

Joe Mosca

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Orange County Power Authority

Errol Arkilic Chief Innovation Officer ExecDir UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Errol Arkilic

Chief Innovation Officer UCI

UC Irvine

Clay Sandidge

Clay Sandidge

President and CEO

AERAS Technologies LLC

Fred Jung, Mayor of Fullerton and Chair of Orange County Power Authority

Fred Jung

Mayor of Fullerton

Chair of Orange County Power Authority

Chris Karr

Chris Karr

Project Lead, Climate Business Incubator



Dennis Calvert

President & CEO


Tanya Martinez

Tanya Martinez

Senior Director of Development

AES Clean Energy

Steve Richards

Steve Richards

Vice President of Engineering

Sapphire Technologies

Geoffrey Van Haeren

Geoffrey Van Haeren



Keith Gipson

Keith Gipson

Founder, CEO and CTO


Kristina Lamb

Kristina Lamb

Event Director & STEAM Student Showcase Co-Director

OC Sustainability Decathlon

Matt Adler

Matt Adler

Director of Corporate & Sports Partnerships

Green Sports Alliance

Randal Kaufman

Randal Kaufman

Sales Director

Black & Veatch

Craig Perkins President and Executive Director at The Energy Coalition

Craig Perkins

President and Executive Director

The Energy Coalition

Andre Ramirez

Andre Ramirez

Founder / CEO


Steve Delson

Steve Delson

CEO, Board Member, and Cofounder

Gate 5



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