Conference to Look Under Hood of Electric Vehicles, May 5

The fifth installment of the Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference on May 5 will focus on electric vehicles and feature a keynote by California Public Utilities Commissioner Dian M. Grueneich.

The conference, titled "Car 2.0: The Race for Electric Transportation Leadership," will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 5 at the PG&E General Office Conference Center, 245 Market St., Room 105, San Francisco.

This conference will cover electric vehicles and their key role in the future of the world's transportation system. Panels will focus on some of the exciting new innovations in electric vehicle technology, the opportunities and competition from China, and the policies and economics that are paving the way for a transformation in the automobile sector.

Grueneich, appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2005, will kick off the conference with a keynote speech. A nationally recognized expert in energy and environmental issues with more than 30 years of experience, Grueneich focuses on transmission planning and permitting, energy efficiency, climate change, renewable energy resources, and low income consumer issues in her role at the CPUC.

The Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference is a student-led series founded in 2007 by Bhavik Joshi, BCEMBA 09, during his first semester in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program. His aim was to offer a platform for students from business, engineering, and policy schools at UC Berkeley and Stanford University seeking to make a career transition into clean, or green, technology.

The series gives students and other professionals access to the movers and shakers from academia, policy, and business that are shaping up the burgeoning green collar economy.

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