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Energy Seminar: Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves, CPUC

September 27, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
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Low-income and disadvantaged communities face significant barriers to the adoption and deployment of distributed generation technologies, from low homeownership rates to difficulty in securing financing. Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves will discuss how the California Public Utilities Commission has been addressing equity in distributed generation policies and programs. She will touch on equity in Solar Access Programs, San Joaquin Valley Electrification Pilots, Microgrids, and long-term Distributed Energy Resource Planning; and she will discuss the challenges that cut across these diverse policies approaches.

Speaker bio
Martha Guzman Aceves was appointed Commissioner at the CPUC by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016. Her portfolio includes issues related to distributed energy, fiscal oversight of utilities, broadband access, water affordability and conservation, increasing access to clean energy programs for Disadvantaged Communities, and preventing disconnections of basic utilities. Commissioner Guzman Aceves serves as co-chair of the Emerging Trends Committee, and is one of two Commissioners on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group in coordination with the California Energy Commission. She also represents the CPUC on the California Broadband Council and the Lithium Valley Commission. In May 2021, Commissioner Guzman Aceves was appointed to the NRRI Board of Directors.

Commissioner Guzman Aceves earned a Master of Science degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University.