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THE PALM DESERT AB 811 CONFERENCE HELD JUNE 12, 2009



Local governments, financial institutions, and public/private sector representatives from throughout California joined together on Friday, June 12, 2009 to hear about the opportunities and key considerations associated with AB 811 Financing, enabled by emergency legislation in July, 2008. Held at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert campus, this one day, intensive conference compared and contrasted emerging program models with the help of an all-star cast. View the complete program.

• Palm Desert's Energy Independence Program was launched in August, 2008, and is now in its third phase of financing, with over $7,500,000 committed for energy efficiency and solar upgrades.

• The pilot phase of the Berkeley FIRST program, providing financing for solar only, is fully subscribed at $1,500,000.

• Sonoma County completed a feasibility study and is moving forward with a $105,000,000 offering.

• San Diego wants to offer a completely "hands-off" program with no City involvement.

Each of the programs mentioned above represents a different model – a different funding source, different “eligible” technologies, and different levels of service. While AB 811 was meant to serve all cities and counties, the jury is still out on what is effective program design. The Palm Desert AB 811 Conference was intended to give all local governments and their advisors insight into the planning processes and the results so far of the AB 811 experience.

Click on the video below to watch part of Ted Flanigan's presentation.

- FEATURED SPEAKERS and PRESENTATIONS-
(Click on panel name for the PowerPoint presentation)
Cisco DeVries, President, Renewable Funding
The Berkeley Story
Ann Livingston, Sustainability Coordinator, Boulder County, Colorado
Boulder County's ClimateSmart
Brian Gitt, Bevilacqua Knight, Inc
Federal Stimulus Funding Update
Rodney Dole, County Treasurer, Sonoma County
The Sonoma County Story, "Taking Energy Independence to Scale"
Office of Energy Management
A Day in the Life of the Palm Desert Office of Energy Management
Breakout Session #1A: Preparing for Bond Takeout! : Ken Dieker (Del Rio Advisors), Kathy Larocque (Sonoma County), Sam Sperry (Meyers Nave), Tricia Ortiz (Richard, Watson, Gerson), Craig Hill (Northcross, Hill and Ach), Jim Cervantes (Stone and Youngberg)
Breakout Session #1B: Branding and Marketing : Virginia Nicols (EcoMotion), Vincent Battaglia (Renova Solar), Cheryl O'Connor (Sonoma County EIP), Mike Bacich (Riverside Public Utilities)
Breakout Session #2A: Turn-Key Assessment Services : Kay Hazen (Kay Hazen and Company), Cisco DeVries (Renewable Funding), Bob Williams (Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets), Laura Franke (Clean Energy Advocates), John Paul McNeil (Powerhouse)
Breakout Session #2B: The Utility Connection: Craig Perkins (The Energy Coalition), Jennifer Green (Center for Sustainable Energy), Del Evans (Pacific Gas and Electric Company), Eric Nelson (Utility Consultant)
Ted Flanigan, President, EcoMotion
Crafting a Program that Makes Sense for You!

The Conference in the Media

Creative Greenius on the AB 811 Conference


View the complete program

To request a copy of EcoMotion's What Works for You: A 20-Point Guide to AB 811, please call us at
(949) 450-7155 or email us at TFlanigan@EcoMotion.us

Please check back for film footage and photos of the conference.

. . . our members are all over the world.                                            
  EcoMotion, Inc.
15375 Barranca Pkwy, Suite F-104, Irvine, CA 92618
949-450-7151
Email:  TFlanigan@EcoMotion.us