California’s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan is a comprehensive framework of efficiency goals and strategies spanning all groups and sectors. The Strategic Plan provides a roadmap for utilizing efficiency as the highest priority energy resource for meeting California’s energy needs.
Rory Cox, the project manager of the Strategic Plan, and Kristina Skierka, one of the plan’s primary architects, will discuss the role of the Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan in California. They will explore how and why the plan came into existence, explain the main features of the plan, and examine the effect of the plan on energy consumption in California.
About the speakers:
Rory Cox has been an analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission since April, 2012. He is the project manager for the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. First adopted in 2008, the Plan is a single roadmap to achieve maximum energy savings across all major groups and sectors in California. The Plan has led to several detailed Action Plans regarding Zero Net Energy Buildings, Heating and Air Conditioning, Lighting, and other topics. Rory also oversees California IOU marketing for demand side programs. Rory spent the previous 14 years working for Pacific Environment, a small non-profit headquartered in San Francisco that works on conservation issues around the Pacific Rim, including in the Russian Far East, China, Alaska, and in California. From 2006 to 2012, Rory directed the organization's California Energy Program, which had a mission of "keeping California's clean energy promise." Rory was a 2010 Together Green Fellow (a project of Audubon and Toyota), and has an MA in International Relations from San Francisco State University.
A strategist by trade and an environmentalist at heart, Kristina Skierka brings over 20 years of public affairs, marketing and energy-sector experience to Energy Initiatives. President of Energy Initiatives, Kristina has led some of the most well-known environmental leadership campaigns in the marketplace today. Named an Energy Foundation Senior Fellow in 2009, Kristina worked on-site for two years with the California Public Utilities Commission to implement the visionary goals of California's Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Prior clients have included a range of F500 corporations, cleantech startups and energy efficiency companies. In addition to working with the private sector, Kristina has helped a number of nongovernment efforts and public awareness campaigns, including Flex Your Power, The Freedom Prize, and the Green-e, the nation's leading voluntary certification program for renewable energy.