Prominent Speakers Lined Up for the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit & Expo

Assemblyman Manuel Perez , CPUC President Michael Peevey

and Mid-American’s Jonathan Weisgall are Confirmed

El Centro, CA – The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, host of the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit, today announced the keynote speakers.  Now in its third year, the much-anticipated event will be held March 16-18, 2010, at the Quechan Casino & Resort in eastern Imperial Valley.

“The Imperial Valley has the attention and support of leaders in the industry at every level – business, regulatory and legislative,” stated Timothy Kelley, President/CEO of the IVEDC.  “With 40,000 megawatts of renewable energy potential, these leaders know the renewable energy resources, power producers and workforce that will advance California as a renewable energy leader and help rebuild its economy are all here.”

Featuring over 20 speakers from the green energy industry, utilities and government and regulatory agencies, the keynote speakers of the event will be:

  • Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez: Elected in November 2008, Assemblyman Perez represents the 80th Assembly District on several committees including the Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy and authored several bills to promote the clean tech economy and green jobs and address global warming.
  • Michael Peevey, President of the California Public Utilities Commission: Originally appointed in March 2002 to the CPUC by Governor Gray Davis, Mr. Peevey later became President of the Commission and was reappointed in December 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  A strong supporter of renewable energy and its procurement requirements for utilities, Mr. Peevey is a leader in implementing California’s Solar and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives.
  • Jonathan Weisgall:  Mr. Weisgall is the Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Mid-American Holdings Company where he represents Mid-American on regulatory matters.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and President of the Geothermal Energy Association.

In 2008, the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Study reported the region was home to over 40,000 megawatts of renewable energy potential, quantifying the geothermal, wind, biomass and solar resources in the area.

Themed, “Growing California’s Green Economy,” this year’s summit will include discussions on the primary issues facing the renewable energy community in California and the West—the need for project investment and financing and the creation of a green collar workforce.

For more information, please visit www.ivedc.com or call (760) 353-8332.