SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The future of energy

"Should energy policy be a local or a state issue? Molly Sterkel, program manager for the California Public Utilities Commission, David Hochschild of Solaria, and Dan Kammen, director of UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, consider what progress we are making toward renewables, and what kind of innovations will change the way we use energy."

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