Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2016 – May

Green LAVAWelcome to the May, 2016, Cleantech Calendar of events for entrepreneurs, start-up executives, investors, service professionals and community leaders around Southern California and beyond. These are the events, conferences and programs that focus on clean energy, sustainable development, reducing environmental impacts and highlighting progress.  Check back periodically for updates.  On tap this month:  SV AgTech; California Energy Summit; Innovation Coast Conference; CTC’s Wind, Storage and Power for LA; and the San Diego Smart City Hackathon.  Go listen, learn and participate!

May 4 – 5 – The World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), chaired by industry leader Ira Ehrenpreis, convenes the who’s-who in the energy innovation sector to discuss the important energy issues and opportunities of our time. The event will host the leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, policymakers, and other prominent members of the energy ecosystem for two days of conversation, dialogue, and networking. Tesla Factory, Fremont, CA.

May 4 – 6 – The nation’s longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets, Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) has a well-established history of providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on these topics and serving as the best event for networking with colleagues from the business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors. It is easily the largest carbon conference in North America and known as the sector’s must-attend event. Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

May 6 – The 3rd Annual Silicon Valley AgTech Conference brings together farmers, technologists, venture capitalists and governmental representatives to discuss how technology will affect farming. AgTech is applying biotech, robotics, software and hardware technology to all aspects of agriculture. The AgTech Conference will share the stories of these companies and those who invest in them. We will explore drones, big data, water, sustainability, biotech, cleantech, transportation, the sharing economy and more.  Computer History Museum, Mountain View, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

May 10 – 12 -The 4th Annual California Energy Summit will bring policy-makers together with utility, IPP, energy storage and DR executives to provide the latest information on the opportunities and threats in California and discuss potential strategies for the future. They will not only examine the impacts on California, but also the finance-ability of projects across the West. Doubletree Suites, Santa Monica

May 11 – 12 – Now in its ninth year, Solar Summit is Greentech Media’s flagship annual solar conference that attracts leaders from across the solar value chain. Join us for two full days of unrivaled networking opportunities and innovative, engaging panel sessions that will provide a unique mix of market intelligence and coordination among industry players. This conference will present deep dives by top industry executives and thought leaders that will help attendees navigate the challenges in the market, as well as offer high level networking opportunities that enable you to advance corporate business strategies.  Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, AZ

May 17 –  2016 Innovation Coast Conference and Competition presented by the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Global Innovation.  Network with innovation experts from companies of all sizes.  Attend sessions led by industry experts from consumer products, digital media, software and medical devices to learn how they innovate and partner with emerging companies.  Featured keynote presenters on innovation.  Witness finalists compete for at least $45,000 in prizes.  Town & Gown, USC, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

May 18 – Clean Technology Council presents Wyoming Wind & Utah Energy Storage to Power Los Angeles.  Lincoln Bleveans of Burbank Water and Power will discuss a proposed 1200 MW (Megawatt) underground compressed air energy storage (CAES) facility in Utah. The project combines 3000 MW of proposed wind energy in Wyoming, a proposed 500 mile high-voltage transmission line from Wyoming to Utah, 300 MW of existing wind in Utah, and an existing 500 mile high-voltage transmission line from Utah to Southern California. The CAES facility would be installed in 300 MW phases, and together with renewables, could help replace an existing 1900 MW coal-fired generating station in Utah. Total Wine & More, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

May 20 – 22 – San Diego Smart City Hackathon organized by The Silent Intelligence in partnership with UCSD Center for Wireless Communications, the City of San Diego, Cleantech San Diego, and others will crowdsource the most innovative technology solutions from our tech community and beyond (academia, corporations, independent software developers) to help the City deliver on its Climate Action Plan.   Participants will have a chance to come up with original creative prototype solutions to difficult city problems, which require wireless sensors and a lot of data – such as energy and water monitoring, waste management, transportation, and other city services. UC San Diego

May 25 – The Connected and Charged Symposium is the premier business and civic leadership forum on the latest challenges and strategies for new technologies and solutions in connected vehicles, mobility and electrification. Now in its sixth year, the event draws 250+ business and civic leaders from across the region to examine the current and future state of transportation technology, market development and policy issues. SAP Campus, Palo Alto, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

May 25 – 26 – For twenty-five years, the Institute of the Americas Energy Program has brought together thought leaders from government, industry, and civil society to facilitate dialogue, inform rational policymaking, and foster economic development across the Western Hemisphere. The La Jolla Energy Conference  is key to those efforts.  Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

May 25 – 26 – The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) presents the 34th Energy Management Congress the largest energy efficiency conference and technology expo held in the Pacific Northwest specifically for business, industrial, governmental, and institutional energy users. The West Coast Energy Management Congress, hosted by Puget Sound Energy, is designed to help end users, business leaders, and energy managers find solutions to control their energy costs, improve power reliability, upgrade existing systems and equipment, explore renewable energy options, and leverage financing and performance contracting options to implement new and retrofit projects. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

Green LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on opportunities and challenges coincident with the design, development and deployment of sustainable products, services and businesses.  Green LAVA is generously supported by Stradling, LLP.