Energy Subsidies: If, when and how to remove the training wheels

Government support plays an important role in the development and commercialization of energy technologies, but there is much debate over how it can be most helpful–and if it should exist at all. This panel explores the state of subsidies in the energy industry, with a focus on what types of subsidies are most effective at jumpstarting the renewables sector; when, if, and how those subsidies should be phased out; and what coordination occurs between state and federal governments.

Moderator: Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business, Co-Director of the Energy Institute at Haas, and Director of the University of California Energy Institute

Severin Borenstein is E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and Co-Director of the Energy Institute at Haas.  He is also Director of the University of California Energy Institute.  He received his A.B. from U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T.  His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation in the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets.  Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.


Panelists
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Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Commissioner Carla Peterman serves on the California Energy Commission where she presides over the Renewables, Natural Gas, and Transportation Committees. She has conducted extensive research on solar photovoltaic markets and climate change at the University of California Energy Institute at Haas and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ms. Peterman will complete her doctoral studies in Energy and Resources at the University of California Berkeley; she holds a BA in history from Howard University, a MSC in environmental change and management, and an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.


Nancy Rader,
Executive Director, California Wind Energy Association

Nancy Rader is the executive director of the California Wind Energy Association (CalWEA), a nonprofit industry organization that promotes the production of electricity through the use of wind generators. Rader has 20 years of experience as a renewable energy advocate and has represented CalWEA since its inception in 2000.


Joseph Desmond,
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications, BrightSource Energy, Inc.

Joseph Desmond is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for BrightSource Energy. Desmond brings more than two decades of private and public energy sector experience to his role at BrightSource Energy, where he oversees communications, marketing, and government and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining BrightSource Energy, Desmond served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer at Ice Energy, Inc. and Senior Vice President of External Affairs at NorthernStar Natural Gas. Desmond served in numerous executive roles under California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger including Deputy Secretary of Energy for the State Resources Agency, Chairman of the California Energy Commission and Undersecretary for Energy Affairs. Prior to public service, Desmond spent four years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Infotility, Inc. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Lighting, Inc., and Vice President of Parke Industries. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). Desmond earned a B.S. in Marketing, Finance and Management from Northeastern University where he graduated magna cum laude.

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