Clean Energy in California

2014 Itinerary

Tuesday, March 11(Arrival Day) **Casual Dress

Individual Departures from Raleigh

  • No later than 1:30 pm: Arrive in San Francisco
  • 2:00 pm: Bus picks up group from SFO airport in Terminal 3, Bus Courtyard 4, travel to Hotel for early check in
  • Students who are meeting the group at the hotel, must be at the hotel by 3:00PM.
  • 4:45 pm: Johnson Overview & student discussion at Fisherman’s Wharf (Meet in Lobby)
    • Student Presentation:  Ian Kelly (Lawrence Livermore National Lab)
    • Student Presentation:  Pablo Taccioli (STEM)
    • Student Presentation:  Xiaomin Chen (PG&E)
    • Student Presentation:  Victor Smith (California Public Utility Commission)
    • Student Presentation:  Ellis Baehr (Energy Efficiency Service Companies- ESCOS)
  • 7:00 – 9:30 PM:  Dinner – Walk together as a group to Bistro Boudin
    Address: 160 Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor

    • Speaker During Dinner: Melissa Semcer, CPUC (Alum)

Wednesday, March 12 (San Francisco Day) **Business Casual Dress

Breakfast on your own


  • Starbucks Coffee, 499 Bay Street and 2801 Jones Street;
  • Denny’s, 495 Beach St

8:00am –11:00am – Speakers at the hotel, Sonoma II

  • 8:00AM: Tom Anklam, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • 9:00AM: Tripp Hyde, STEM
  • 10:00AM: David Meyers, DC Systems

11:00am: Travel to PG&E via Trolley for lunch and company visit

  • Cable Car – Powell-Mason towards Powell & Market
    Head Southwest toward Cyril Magnin Street
    Continue onto 5th Street
    Turn left onto Howard Street

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch at La Boulange

  • Address: 781 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94103

1:00pm – 2:30 pm:  Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center)

  • Address: 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

2:30pm: Depart for Tesla

  • Student Presentation:  William Supple (Tesla)
  • Student Presentation:  Anusha Jagannathan (California Economy)
  • Student Presentation:  Karan Gupta (Nuclear Fusion)

3:30pm – 5:00pm:  Tesla

  • Address: 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

5:15pm – 6:30pm: Bus back to SF

  • Student Presentation:  Xin Li (Progress of the Smart Grid in California)
  • Student Presentation:  Holly Kuestner (California In-State Power Generation vs Out of State Electricity Imports)
  • Student Presentation:  Lindsey Dattels (Energy Consumption Related to Water-use in California)

6:30pm: Dinner on own in SF

Thursday, March 13 (Napa Day) **Casual Dress

Breakfast on own

8:00 am: Leave for Clean Power Finance with luggage

  • Student Presentation:  Carla Ortiz Fuentes (Clean Power Finance)

9:00am – 11:00am: Company Visit: Clean Power Finance

  • Address: 201 Mission Street, 11th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105

11:00am – 11:45: Drive to Whole Foods, Pick up pre-ordered lunch

  • Address: 3502 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549
    • Student Presentation: Fei Xu (NextEra)
    • Student Presentation: Shiyao Wu (Status of Wind Energy in the US)

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Drive to NextEra

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Wind Site Visit: NextEra Energy Resources

  • Address: High Winds Energy Center, 6700 Birds Landing Rd, Birds Landing, CA 94512

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Travel to Napa

  • Student Presentation:  Kayla DeCarr (Sustainable Practices in the California Wine Industry)
  • Student Presentation:  Michelle Tran (California State Energy Policy)

4:00pm – 5:30pm: Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard

  • Address: One California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599

5:45pm – 6:00pm: Travel and Check in to Hotel in Napa: Bus Drops Group Off

  •  Napa Winery Inn
    Address: 1998 Trower Ave Napa, CA
    Phone: 707-257-7220
    Note: There will be a wine reception at the hotel from 5:30-6:30PM

Dinner on your own in Napa

Friday, March 14 (Site Visit Day) **Casual Dress in AM, Business Casual in PM

6:00am – 7:00am: Breakfast provided by hotel

7:00 am: Check out of hotel

7:00 am – 8:30 am: Leave for NCPA with Luggage

  • Student Presentation: Jing Tan (Geothermal Energy)
  • Student Presentation:  Sara Lindenfeld (History of the Geysers)
  • Student Presentation:  Pa Ye (The Northern California Power Agency-NCPA)

8:30 am – 10:30 am: Site Visit: NCPA

  • Address: Socrates Mine Road, Middletown CA

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Travel to Whole Foods Napa to pick up pre-ordered lunch

  • Address: 3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa Ca, 707-224-6311
    • Student Presentation:  Gabriel Goffman (Role of Silicon Valley in Fostering Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency)
    • Student Presentation:  Nick Garafola (Navigant)
    • Student Presentation:  Qi Zhang (Status of Electric Vehicles in the US)

12:00 pm  – 1:00 pm: Travel to Navigant

1:30 pm – 3:00pm: Company Visit: Navigant

  • Address: One Market Street, Spear Street Tower, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA

3:00 pm –4:00 pm: Travel back to Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf (Trip Overview on bus)

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner on your own

6:45 pm: Meet in lobby and walk as group to Capurro’s for Alumni Reception

**(Business Casual Dress)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Alumni Reception (appetizers and drinks) at Capurro’s

  • Address: 498 Jefferson Street, San Francisco

Saturday, March 15 (Departure Day)

  • Breakfast on your own
  • Individual departures by noon – please arrange beforehand with hotel concierge


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