From the daily archives: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

(El Centro, CA) – California Public Utility Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval 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 “The Power to Renew California” Summit that will be held at the Barbara Worth Resort and Country Club in Holtville.

Additional speakers include: luncheon keynote speaker Glenda Humiston, state director of USDA Rural Development; Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director of the Independent Energy Producers Association and former chair of the governing board of the California Independent System Operator; and Mary Ingersoll, president/CEO of TeamCalifornia.

“The number and caliber speakers at the Summit this year is extraordinary,” said Tim 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.”

Sandoval was appointed to the PUC on Jan. 25, 2011, by Governor Jerry Brown. She had been an associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law since 2004. Previously, she served as undersecretary and senior policy advisor for housing with the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Other confirmed Summit speakers include: Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley; Robert Ramaekers, vice president for development of Tenaska; IID Board of Directors President John Pierre Menvielle; Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies Executive Director V. John White; and David E. Pearson, dean of San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Campus.





Summit also features an expo of vendors and developers, tours of the array of The 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 issues and showcase the region’s importance in fulfilling California’s ambitious renewable energy goals,” said Rosa Maria Gonzales of the Imperial Irrigation District, who is chairing this year’s event.

Registration forms, sponsor information and booth registration are available at the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation website,



WHEN:    Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

11:30 a.m.


WHERE:   630 Nordahl Road near Montiel Road (behind the 4 Wheel Parts store)

City of San Marcos

(Directions: From SR 78 exit Nordahl Road and turn north. Make your first right at Montiel Road and follow event signs.)


WHAT:     Dignitaries will launch construction on a project to relieve traffic congestion on State Route 78 near Interstate 15 in inland North County. Estimated to cost a total of $40 million, the project involves widening both eastbound and westbound SR 78 and replacing the Nordahl Road Bridge. Caltrans, SANDAG, and the cities of Escondido and San Marcos are working together on the improvements. Dignitaries who are scheduled to attend the event include San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, SANDAG Board Chairman and Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks, and Caltrans District 11 Acting Director Bill Figge.

VISUAL:   Displays of SR 78 improvements, including maps showing the widening of westbound and eastbound SR 78 and the replacement of Nordahl Road Bridge.

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