2016 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

Congratulations to the 2016 C3E Award Winners!


The Role of Women Internationally in Decarbonizing our Energy Future

The world is on the cusp of a clean energy revolution. Some new technologies can help provide clean energy by harnessing the power of the sun, wind, and other renewable resources. Other technologies can enable more efficient use of energy in buildings, industry, and vehicles. These technologies, when coupled with supportive policies, can significantly reduce carbon pollution from traditional fossil fuels, improve local air quality, create jobs, enhance energy security, and provide improved access to energy around the world. Yet barriers to the adoption of clean energy technologies abound, and the cost of some technologies remains high. By working together, governments and other stakeholders can overcome barriers and advance the adoption of clean energy technologies.

Success will depend not only upon a portfolio of solutions, but on the ideas and talents of all members of society. Such diversity will not be possible without greater participation by women in the clean energy revolution. This C3E symposium brings together women who are tackling the challenge from many perspectives across the spectrum of basic research to policy and finance. The symposium is a platform for interdisciplinary discussion, networking, and collaboration with women who are global leaders in clean energy. In addition, the C3E awards program recognizes mid-career leadership and accomplishments in eight categories. The C3E Symposium and awards are organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, and Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy.

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Leading Sponsors

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, we supply some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. Yet we also know that our customers count on us for far more than that. They also expect us to contribute to a better quality of life in our communities, a vibrant economy and a brighter tomorrow for our children and grandchildren. Our commitment to sustainability is about fulfilling this broader vision of PG&E’s role.

Never has this work been more important to our future. As a California utility, we are at the forefront of changes that are reshaping the energy business, driven by exciting new technologies and the need to transition to a low-carbon economy, while providing customers with more control over their energy choices. In 2015, we supported raising the state’s renewable energy standard for electric utilities to 50 percent by 2030, while doubling energy-efficiency targets. We backed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and pledged reductions to greenhouse gas emissions as a signatory to the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Initiative. And in December, we joined a California delegation at the international climate talks in Paris to highlight the state’s success in achieving cleaner energy along with strong economic growth. At the same time, we achieved industry-leading supplier diversity results, spending a record $2.5 billion that helped thousands of women-owned and minority-owned businesses to grow and hire. PG&E is also consistently named as one of the top utilities in the nation for workforce diversity and inclusion. We are inspired by the C3E award winners and their accomplishments. And like them, we look forward to finding fresh opportunities to do even more.


Shell is proud to support the 2016 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. We have long recognized the importance of the climate challenge, along with the ongoing critical role energy plays in enabling quality of life for people across the world. The global energy system is changing, both to meet greater demand and to respond to environmental stresses. The big challenge for society is how to provide much more energy with much less carbon dioxide. Meeting this challenge requires a combination of the best of renewables, alongside gas and oil to meet all types of energy needs – from power to plastics, and heating to transport. At Shell, we are exploring solutions in areas of our technical expertise, including bringing cleaner-burning natural gas to a wider market, innovation in biofuels and hydrogen as alternative transport fuels, and carbon capture and storage, as well as emerging energy system technologies, supply-chain management and the execution of large-scale projects. Such diverse, complex needs require collaboration and diverse thinking from the best minds, which is why Shell actively invests in the development of women in STEM education, our business and the energy industry. In 2014, Shell was recognized in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, and named Top 50 Employer in Workforce Diversity (2014), Minority Engineer (2015) and Woman Engineer Magazine (2015). Additionally, our own Selda Gunsel was just awarded the STLE’s highest technical award for her outstanding contributions in tribology, lubrication engineering and related sciences. Our thanks to DOE, MIT Energy Initiative and Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy for the opportunity to contribute to the community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers of women in clean energy. We commend the C3E Award winners and nominees for their tireless excellence addressing and resolving some of the greatest challenges that society faces. Visit: http://www.shell.com/global/future-energy.html

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison (SCE) is delighted to sponsor the first C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium in California and congratulates the winners on their impressive achievements. SCE is one of the nation’s largest electric power companies, serving a diverse population of nearly 14 million in a 50,000-square mile area within coastal, central and southern California. The company has a long history of safely delivering reliable, affordable – and now, clean – energy to our customers. Our customers are embracing localized energy resources – such as private rooftop solar, plug-in electric vehicles and energy storage – to meet their needs. SCE is making investments to modernize its distribution system into an advanced power network to better integrate the technologies our customers are adopting while maintaining reliability and power quality. Our vision for a modern power system fosters customer choice, encourages technology innovation and promotes the deployment of low-carbon resources. Grid modernizing investments represent the core of the company’s business strategy, and SCE expects the 21st century power network will create new opportunities to better serve our customers and communities. This is an exciting time to be in the electric power business – ripe with opportunities for growth and to provide customers with customized products and excellent service. A diverse and well-trained workforce is essential to execute SCE’s strategy and capitalize on the opportunities ahead. The company’s ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce allows us to leverage the unique experiences of our employees and better reflect the communities we serve. The electricity industry is changing, and we embrace that change. We are helping to create a dynamic energy future, providing the vision, innovations and resources to create value for our customers and communities. For more information about SCE, please visit www.sce.com/corporateresponsibility.

Solar City

SolarCity was founded in 2006 by two brothers determined to create a better way to deliver affordable solar energy. Since its inception, SolarCity has grown to become America’s largest solar provider for homeowners and businesses. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates, and makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything so that homeowners and businesses can simply switch to solar energy and save. To learn more visit www.solarcity.com.


Sustaining Sponsors


Cummins is proud to support and engage in the C3E Symposium to create more opportunities for women in advancing clean energy. As a global power leader, we have developed the cleanest and most fuel efficient engines and power generators in the world.

Cummins employs over 54,000 innovative minds who design, develop, test, refine, service and support our technology on behalf of our customers in 190 countries. We are global citizens working in over 600 facilities around the world, 30 of which are located in the U.S. Our focus on building success in our people and communities and our commitment to an inclusive, gender-balanced workplace aligns with the C3E initiative.

It’s important to endorse women in the area of clean energy and in technical careers to support role models, as well as motivate and inspire passionate, young minds. We support this initiative and our employees work every day around the world to do the same.

Stated simply by our leaders:

“Through the Cummins Foundation, internal programs and employee volunteers, we reach out to connect students to STEM activities, education and role models. Our goal is to leverage our employees’ passion and knowledge to shine a light on paths that women can take in order to positively affect our world – and empower themselves. Both making the world a better place for all.” – Jennifer Rumsey, CTO 2015

“Character, ability, and intelligence are not concentrated on one sex over the other, nor in persons of certain accents or in certain races, or in persons holding degrees from universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.” – J. Irwin Miller, former Chairman and CEO 1972

First Solar

First Solar is a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar-energy solutions. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable-energy systems protect and enhance the environment. With more than 12 gigawatts installed worldwide, First Solar believes that clean, affordable solar electricity is an essential part of the worldwide energy mix. The company’s proven energy solutions have diversified the energy portfolio and reduced the risk of fuel-price volatility, while delivering a levelized cost of electricity that is cost competitive with fossil fuels. First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed and currently operates many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants. By integrating technologies, services and expertise across the entire solar value chain, First Solar delivers bankable PV energy solutions that enable a world powered by reliable and affordable solar electricity.

General Electric (GE)

GE is the world’s digital industrial company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. In the energy sector, GE brings our customers efficiency and cost effectiveness across the entire energy value chain. From greater gas recovery, to wind farms that adjust to weather changes, to power plants that use analytics to increase their efficiency – GE marries the digital and physical solutions needed to bring energy to people in an increasingly complex world.

Ecomagination is GE’s business strategy to deliver improved economic and environmental outcomes for our customers across sectors and in our own operations. We are demonstrating how a digital industrial company uses innovative and intelligent resource-efficiency solutions to help customers grow and compete. We execute our strategy by focusing on partnerships, new business models, and cleaner-technology research and development, and by leading conversations around big ideas to inspire action. Ecomagination’s success has been and will continue to be based on our relentless focus on results and on investment in cleaner-technology R&D. In 2015, we invested $2.3 billion in cleaner-technology R&D and generated $36 billion in revenues from Ecomagination technologies and solutions.


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s only national laboratory solely dedicated to the research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies. Scientists and staff at the lab are involved in all aspects in transforming the way the nation and the world use energy, including making advances in fundamental science, integrating new technologies, analyzing potential breakthroughs and validating products. NREL is able to use its deep technical expertise and unmatched breadth of capabilities to drive the transformation of energy today and into the future. The mission of NREL began with the study of solar power in the 1970s, but since then has been expanded considerably. In addition to renewable energy produced through sunlight, ongoing research at the lab dives into geothermal, biofuels, wind, water and hydrogen. NREL is operated for the Department of Energy by Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is proud to support the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. The San Diego-based energy company provides safe, reliable, clean energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

From innovative customer solutions, like the Renewable Meter Adapter, which helps customers save time and money in installing private solar, to leading the way in achieving California’s clean energy goals, SDG&E delivers on its commitment to improve the lives of the people it serves. The company’s future focus is to balance our clean energy goals with providing more choices and affordable energy to our customers.

Today, SDG&E delivers 33 percent of its energy from renewable resources—well ahead of California’s mandate. And SDG&E isn’t stopping there. The energy company is on track to deliver more than 40 percent clean renewable energy by 2018, and 50 percent by 2030. The company is also leading the transition to clean vehicles through the Power Your Drive program, which will install 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations within the counties of San Diego and Orange.

For more information visit sdge.com/newsroom or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.


“Save money. Live better.” Sam Walton created Walmart to bring affordable household products to people in small towns. He put the customer first, and he created a strong company with dedicated associates and deeply held values of service, excellence, respect for the individual and integrity. More than 50 years later, hundreds of millions of customers in 28 countries trust Walmart to bring them food, apparel, household goods and other general merchandise at an everyday low price – not just through stores, but through e-commerce – anywhere, anytime. We have stores in 11,500 communities, employing more than 2.3 million associates and thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people.

Because of our heritage, we seek to use our scale and capabilities to help others – not only customers and Walmart stakeholders, but also society at large. We accomplish this through our focus on opportunity, sustainability and community. Visit: http://corporate.walmart.com/

Supporting Sponsors


As Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric company, APS generates safe, affordable and reliable electricity for nearly 1.2 million retail and residential customers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties. APS is among the top investor-owned utilities in the nation for customer satisfaction and electric reliability. The company serves its customers with a balanced energy mix that includes low-cost coal generation, clean-burning natural gas plants and a fast-growing portfolio of solar power. It also includes Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the nation’s largest power producer for 24 consecutive years. As one of Arizona’s largest local businesses, APS takes its commitment to the community seriously. The company is the state’s largest taxpayer and has a total annual economic impact of more than $3 billion. Last year, APS employees volunteered 127,000 hours in the community, and the company contributes $10 million a year to charitable causes throughout the state.


Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.


Çimsa is pleased to be the participating sponsor of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and we congratulate the winners for their impressive work. Çimsa is an international cement and building materials company continuously growing by creating a difference in the industry with an experience of more than 40 years, broad product range, innovative employees and a human and environment conscious approach. Using the resources efficiently, recycling the wastes as energy and raw material and investing in renewable energy resources are important steps in our sustainability road map. As Çimsa we decrease the consumption of energy by the use of equipment that consumes less energy, conducting crushing, burning and grinding process optimization studies and energy recycling investments. We aim to generate 50% of the power that we consume in Mersin 1st and 2nd plants, which also brings a decrease in CO2 release, with our Çimsa Electricity Generation from Waste Gasses Project. As Çimsa we believe that diversity matters and gender mainstreaming in our sector is a key issue. With our human resources policies and social good practices, we became a role model in the cement industry in Turkey. In 2015, Çimsa received “Social Gender Equality Award in Working Life Grand Prize” by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

DBL Partners

DBL Partners are venture capitalists and impact investors. We invest in companies that can deliver top-tier venture capital returns and enable social, environmental and economic benefits. In fact, we believe healthy financial performance and positive social change are inherently connected. That is why we invest in and help nurture outstanding entrepreneurs and companies in cleantech, information technology, sustainable products and services, and healthcare.


Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) supplies power to approximately 450,000 customers, or 95 percent, of Hawaii’s population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Electric Light and Maui Electric, and provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American Savings Bank, one of Hawaii’s largest financial institutions. As the first state in the nation to set a 100 percent renewable energy goal, Hawai‘i’s clean energy future couldn’t be brighter. HEI is leading the way as our companies transform to meet this ambitious goal, enabling our communities, businesses and families to prosper and flourish. Together, we will work towards environmental sustainability and energy independence, building a strong local economy and a better tomorrow for all of Hawai‘i.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is engaged in all aspects of the new energy economy. We have assisted our clients in the development of more than 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy in the United States alone. We are also involved in advanced biofuels development, the licensing and deployment of nuclear power generated by small modular reactors, energy storage and carbon capture and storage projects. We advise project developers, investors, lenders and utilities on the permitting, development and financing of the full range of clean-energy projects. Our lawyers represent industry leaders and counsel both startup and established companies on emerging energy- technology research and development opportunities. We also assist clients in obtaining government funding and qualifying for incentives for clean- energy development.

We deal with the entire life cycle of clean-energy project development, including regulatory counseling, project contracts, financing, acquisition and sales structuring, as well as development on public lands. Our clients rely on our breadth of experience to help identify and resolve complex issues that come to light during the development phase of many first-of-a-kind projects.

Our energy-efficiency practice includes engagement for our clients in rulemaking, regulatory compliance and enforcement, as well as energy-saving performance contracting.


Honeywell’s innovative technologies are making our world cleaner and more sustainable, more secure, connected, energy efficient and productive.

Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanization. We are uniquely positioned to blend physical products with software to support connected systems that improve homes, buildings, factories, utilities, vehicles and aircraft, and that enable a safer, more comfortable and more productive world. Our solutions enhance the quality of life of people around the globe and create new markets and even new industries.

Today, nearly half of our portfolio is linked to energy efficiency, and a growing portion supports clean air and clean water to promote good and safe living – especially in parts of the world where the need is greatest. We are committed to enabling a better quality of life and a cleaner, more sustainable environment for future generations.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation, was established more than 100 years ago and now delivers reliable, safe water and electricity to 3.8 million residents and businesses in Los Angeles. More than 8,800 employees serve the City of Los Angeles with water and power in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner. LADWP continues a major transition of its water and power supplies, while working to maintain and improve reliability to ensure a clean energy and sustainable water future for Los Angeles. To make this future a reality, LADWP is divesting from coal-power generation and is making unprecedented investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric- vehicle infrastructure and power reliability. Similar investments are occurring for a sustainable water future focusing on expanding water conservation, enhancing stormwater capture and increasing water recycling. LADWP is also committed to developing regional cleantech industry to assist Los Angeles meet its environmental mandates and build a prosperous green economy.

North Western Energy

For more than 100 years, NorthWestern Energy has delivered the energy and exceptional service that our 701,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly.

We own and operate a diverse generation fleet of wind, water, natural gas and coal-fired resources, a high-voltage transmission system and a distribution system that reliably delivers responsibly produced electricity to our 421,800 electric customers daily. We also own and operate natural gas production, transmission and distribution systems serving our 279,200 gas customers.

Our mission is simple: Working together to provide safe, reliable and innovative energy solutions that create value for customers, communities, employees,and investors.

We’re guided by our values:








Pattern Energy

Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) is an independent power company listed on the NASDAQ (“PEGI”) and Toronto Stock Exchange (“PEG”). We have a portfolio of renewable energy facilities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Chile that use proven, best-in-class technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, we manage our fleet through our Operations Control Center in Houston, Texas.

We intend to create long-term value for our shareholders in an environmentally responsible manner and with respect for the communities where we operate. We have a strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship, which drives our dedication to operate high-quality renewable energy facilities. Pattern Energy plans to grow our business through third-party acquisitions, including from Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development), our shareholder and a leading developer of renewable energy assets. For more information, visit patternenergy.com

Sacramento Municipal Utility Districts (SMUD)

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County and adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy-efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD is the first large California utility to receive more than 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources. Visit smud.org.

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