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Finding California’s Energy Utopia

How do we achieve our dream of a safe, environmentally friendly energy future that is both technically feasible and economically affordable?
And how do we unlock the potential of California’s vast energy resources to create economic vitality, high quality jobs and realize our potential as an energy source for the nation?
The California Energy Action Summit brings together national energy experts, policy makers, academic economists and regional leaders in a focused dialogue about new energy technologies and their role in the future economic well-being of the state.  USC’s groundbreaking report analyzing the potential impact of the development of the Monterey Shale on job creation, economic activity, personal incomes and government tax revenues over the next 15 years will be presented, along with results of UCSB’s Santa Barbara County Onshore Oil and Gas Economic Study. Attendees will interact with private and public sector leaders about laying the foundation for a secure energy future, continued environmental leadership, robust economic growth and job creation in Santa Barbara County and California.

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BILL WHITE – Chairman, Lazard Houston, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy (1993-95), Mayor of Houston, Texas (2004-09)

Bill White joined Lazard in 2012 as Chairman, Lazard Houston, and Senior Advisor with a focus on energy. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. White served as Mayor of Houston, 2004-2009, and was twice reelected with an average margin of 88 %. As Mayor, Mr. White initiated the first major pension reform by any U.S. state or large city. His relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina earned national recognition. He served as Deputy Secretary of Energy of the United States, 1993-1995. As the Department’s chief operating officer, Mr. White successfully promoted the use of new technologies for oil and gas exploration, the development of alternative forms of energy and the diversification of the world’s oil supply.
Mr. White was CEO for seven years of WEDGE Group, one of Texas’ fastest growing energy-related businesses. Its subsidiaries engaged in a variety of oil and gas services and the manufacture of hydrogen plants and other downstream facilities. Mr. White has served on the boards of numerous public companies, including BJ Services, Pioneer Drilling, CB&I, and USEC. He began his career as an attorney specializing in antitrust securities and energy-related matters and he helped manage one of the nation’s most successful law firms. Mr. White also served on the Board of the National Electric Reliability Council and on the boards of many non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. White’s involvement with energy policy began in 1975, when he helped draft portions of comprehensive legislation to deregulate oil prices. He also helped craft the bill that initiated deregulation of natural gas field pricing in 1978. He has given hundreds of speeches and written dozens of articles on energy policy during the last thirty-seven years.

SHIRLEY WEBER, Ph.D. – California Assemblymember, (D-San Diego)

Shirley Weber was elected in November of 2012 to represent California’s 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and a part of San Diego. Born to sharecroppers of Hope, Arkansas, Shirley Weber has lived in California since the age of 3. She attended UCLA, where she received her BA, MA and PhD by the age of 26. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she became a professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) at the age of 23. Dr. Weber also taught at California State University at Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College before coming to SDSU.
Dr. Weber has lived in the 79th Assembly District for over 30 years. Her children attended public school in the district and she was elected to the school board. As a board member, and subsequent board president, she became known for her advocacy for closing the achievement gap and a higher standard of excellence for all children.
From 2005-2006, Dr. Weber hosted a popular weekly radio program weekly entitled, “It’s a New Day with Dr. Shirley Weber,” on KURS AM 1040. The program was broadcast live throughout San Diego and internationally over the internet. In 2006, she aired her program live from Johannesburg, South Africa, sharing her students’ perspectives and those of local South Africans. Dr. Weber has lectured throughout the United States, Caribbean and Africa.
Prior to being elected to the Assembly, she served as the mayor’s appointee and Chair on the Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission. Dr. Weber has also served on the Board of the NAACP, YWCA, YMCA Scholarship Committee, Battered Women Services, United Way, San Diego Consortium and Private Industry Council, and many more.
Dr. Weber is the mother of two children and the widow of the late Honorable Daniel Weber, a California state judge.

DELORE ZIMMERMAN, Ph.D. – President & CEO, Praxis Strategy Group

Delore is President of Praxis Strategy Group an economic research, strategy and development company.    He is a strategist with thirty years of domestic and international experience working with leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from the business, agriculture, energy, government and research sectors.  He has co-authored the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprising States report for the last four years – a study that looks at how the 50 states are transforming government and investing in building 21st century economies.
He co-developed the High-Performance Community Initiative while a Senior Fellow at the Denver-based Center for the New West and has spearheaded its ongoing development and deployment for over 15 years with regional development organizations, universities, and business leaders to create innovative, technology-based economies.  He is a co-founder and director of Praxis Africa, an agriculture development and media company headquartered in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.
Delore received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Dakota and a doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University where his work focused on the mobilization of territorial-based alliances for economic development.

PETER RUPERT, Ph.D. – Chair, Department of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara economics professor Peter Rupert is director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, a research unit that provides economic data, analysis, and forecasts to the Santa Barbara County community. Rupert, who joined the UCSB faculty in 2007, came to Santa Barbara from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where he had been a senior economic adviser for 13 years. Rupert’s areas of specialization include macroeconomics, monetary economics, labor and family economics. At UCSB he is vice-chair of the Department of Economics as well as associate director of the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 1994, Rupert held teaching positions at the University of Western Ontario, State University of New York at Buffalo, and West Virginia University. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Southern California and Birkbeck College, University of London. A graduate of Santa Clara University, he earned his Master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Rochester.

ANTHONY KOVSCEK, Ph.D. – Professor, Stanford University, Dept. of Energy Resources Engineering

Anthony R. Kovscek, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair for Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences, Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His teaching interests center broadly around the education of students to meet the energy challenges that we will face this century. Dr. Kovscek teaches undergraduate courses that examine the interplay of energy use and environmental issues including renewable energy resources and sustainability. At the graduate level, he offers classes on enhanced oil recovery and the thermodynamics of hydrocarbon mixtures. Dr. Kovscek’s research includes the recovery of unconventional hydrocarbon resources and mitigating carbon emissions from fossil fuels via geological sequestration of greenhouse gases.
In 1989 Dr. Kovscek received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and he earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. He is Co-director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage Affiliates and has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Lecturer-Carbon Sequestration for the Global Climate and Energy Project and SPE’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.

THOMAS CHRISTOFK – Air Pollution Control Officer, Placer County Air Pollution Control District

Tom Christofk was appointed the Air Pollution Control Officer for the Placer County Air Pollution Control District in 2002 after having served as the District’s General Manager since December 1999. Prior to this he was a Senior Management Analyst with the Placer County Executive Office, responsible for emergency/incident management and special projects and served as a Planning Section Chief on an Incident Command Team for the California Division of Forestry and Fire Protection.
From 1973 through 1981 he was an officer in the US Marine Corps, serving in a variety of command and staff positions, to include development testing of new systems in ship to shore movement and advanced munitions. From 1981 until 1990 he held a number of different positions with Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation to include Training Section Supervisor, Program Manager, and Marketing Manager for both ordnance and advanced technology programs. Thereafter he was a general manager of a small manufacturing company and marketing consultant until moving into the public sector in 1995 with Placer County.
Additionally, Tom is a past President of the Western States Trail Foundation, an association dedicated to preserving and maintaining the historic trail through the Sierra’s from Lake Tahoe to Auburn and has actively been involved both in competing and directing the annual 100 mile Western States Trail Ride (Tevis) endurance event since 1996. Tom has served on the Board of Directors for the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), and is a Past President of the Association. Tom has a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles.

TIM KUSTIC – California State Oil and Gas Supervisor, DOGGR

Tim Kustic is the State Oil & Gas Supervisor of California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division).  Working for the department for nearly 30 years, Tim has a keen understanding of the complex challenges faced by the oil, gas, and geothermal industries as well as by the Division, which is mandated to encourage the wise development of California’s energy resources while protecting the environment. Most recently, Kustic had served as the Division’s Technical Service Manager and he began his career in the petroleum industry.
At the Division, Kustic also served as a field engineer in the Bakersfield and Santa Maria district offices, as manager of the Sacramento district office, and as the Division’s Facilities Program Manager.
Tim received his Bachelor in Geology from Humboldt State University and completed coursework for a Masters of Public Administration at CSU Bakersfield. Tim, his wife, and their three children live in Sacramento.

KEVIN HOPKINS – Director of Research, The Communications Institute

Mr. Hopkins has more than 30 years’ experience in economic and energy research in the public policy sector. He previously served as a senior economist for the White House Office of Policy Development, where he directed the research used to develop the nation’s economic and energy policies. He later headed the White House Office of Policy Information, and was a senior policy and communication counsel to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. He subsequently was appointed as senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C., public policy research center, where he directed numerous large-scale economic research studies for the U.S. government. Thereafter, he served as a policy and communications director for the Office of the Mayor of the City of San Diego.
Mr. Hopkins has been a senior contributing editor to Business Week magazine (now Bloomberg Businessweek) for the past 20 years, and has directed or written more than 150 economic studies, research reports, and economic analyses. He began his work with The Communications Institute in 2008. Most recently, he was co-author of The Communications Institute’s 2011 benchmark “Powering California” study, which explored the broad range of future energy choices facing California.


Powering California: The Monterey Shale & California’s Economic Future – A joint project of USC’s Price School of Public Policy, USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and The Communications Institute

Onshore Oil and Gas in Santa Barbara County: Regional Economic Impact, Regulatory Reform and Energy Development in California

Oil-bearing Diatomite: Another Huge California Resource

California Renewable Portfolio Standards

Building Effective Public-Private Partnerships for GHG Emissions Reduction

Regulatory Issues Facing Energy Development in California

The Changing Environment in Sacramento

Panel Discussions

Emerging Energy Sources – Efficiencies, Renewables and Alternative Fuels

Greening of the Oil Patch: Recycling and Renewables in California Oil Fields

/ / Event Schedule

April 12, 2013

7:00 am 
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 am 
Welcome by Master of Ceremonies

Rich Ferguson
Magician, Mentalist and Author

8:05 am 
Opening Remarks

Lawnae Hunter
President, Economic Alliance of Northern Santa Barbara County

Ron Gallo
President & CEO, Santa Barbara Foundation

8:15 am
Energy and Economic Development: American Job Creation and the North Dakota Model
Delore Zimmerman
President and CEO, Praxis Strategy Group

8:35 am 
Panel: Emerging Energy Sources – Efficiencies, Renewables and Alternative Fuels
Moderator:  Mike Hackett, NRG Answers, LLC
Kathryn Arbeit, Director-Project Development, First Solar

Megan Birney, Energy Programs Manager, Community Environmental Council

Angela Hacker, Program Manager, emPower Santa Barbara County

Bob Riding, Community Energy Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Josh Simmons, Environmental Director, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

John Stahl, Pacific Wind Power, LLC

9:55 am: Break

10:15 am 
Keynote Address: Sustainable and Responsible Oil and Gas Development
Bill White
Chairman, Lazard Houston
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy (1993-95), Mayor of Houston, Texas (2004-09)

11:10 am 
Introduction of University of California, Santa Barbara Study
Bob Hatch
CEO, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

11:15 am 
UCSB Santa Barbara County Onshore Oil and Gas Economic Study
Peter Rupert
Chair, Department of Economics,
University of California Santa Barbara

11:50 pm: Break

12:00 pm: Luncheon

12:30 pm 
Luncheon Keynote: The Changing Environment in Sacramento
Shirley Weber
California Assemblymember, (D-San Diego)

1:00 pm: Break

1:15 pm
Oil-bearing Diatomite: Another Huge California Resource
Anthony Kovscek
Professor, Stanford University,
Department of Energy Resources Engineering

1:50 pm 
Building Effective Public/Private Partnerships for GHG Emissions Reduction
Tom Christofk
President, CA Air Pollution Control Officers Association
Air Pollution Control Officer, Placer County

2:20 pm 
Regulatory Issues Facing Energy Development in California
Tim Kustic
California State Oil & Gas Supervisor, DOGGR

2:45 pm:  Break

3:00 pm 
Powering California:  The Monterey Shale and California’s Economic Future
Kevin Hopkins
Director of Research, The Communications Institute
A joint project of USC’s Price School of Public Policy, USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and The Communications Institute

3:40 pm 
Panel:  Greening of the Oil Patch – Recycling and Renewables in California Oil Fields

Moderator:  Brett Krausse, Co-Chair EconNSBC Oil & Gas Initiative
Beth Marino,
VP, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Santa Maria Energy

Mark Heisler, GlassPoint Solar

John Miller, Macpherson Energy

Pat Plugge, General Manager, E&B Green Solutions

4:45 pm 
Closing Remarks

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Cocktail Reception


/ / Partners


Santa Barbara FoundationSanta Maria EnergyPCEC


Latham  Watkins Company WSPA  PXP  David McNabb Construction


Downey Brand kenai2

Cannon        Exxon Mobil


Penfield & Smith    HUB International

Quinn Pumps


E&B-Green  CalPortland Company

NALCO   Hollister & Brace


CIPA      Wallace Group

Halsell Builders      Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Pacific Western Bank




Santa Maria Sun

Santa Maria Times


Aegis Industries, Inc.
Andre, Morris & Buttery
Community West Bank
ERG Resources
 Towne Exploration Company, LP
URS Corporation
Vaquero Energy
Venoco, Inc.
Westberg + White, Inc.


Brinderson, L.P.
C.D. Lyon Construction
California Electric Supply
Casmalia Hitching Post
Central Coast Industries
Charter Brokerage & Investment Co.
Community Bank of Santa Maria
The J.F. Will Company, Inc.
Kelly Pipe Co, LLC
Lompoc Community Bank
MNS Engineers
Morgan Stanley — Brett Krausse
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Nerium International – Jan Kirkwood
Pacifica Commercial Realty
Speed’s Oil Tool Service, Inc


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Media Contact:
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The Economic Alliance of Northern Santa Barbara County (EconNSBC) is a grassroots effort of a diverse group of private sector and community leaders. A nonprofit organization committed to leveraging regional assets and talent to support existing Chamber and other local economic development efforts, EconNSBC is dedicated to the creation of a high-performance community ready to compete in the 21st Century global economy. By enhancing economic stability through innovation, entrepreneurship, industry cluster and other strategies, EconNSBC and its stakeholders and partners can grow high quality jobs and ensure sustainable economic vitality for northern Santa Barbara County.


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