The Santa Maria valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2017 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Summit will be held on Wednesday, August 16 from 8 am to 1 pm at the Santa Maria Fairpark, in the Fountain Pavilion. The Summit is sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership, which the Chamber of Commerce administers.

“We are featuring topics which will be of great interest to local governments, elected officials, businesses and the general public”, said Glenn Morris, President and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Experts locally and from across the state will provide important information and updates on regulations, programs, sustainability, and the future of California’s energy production and use.”

The current slate of speakers and topics include:
 “After Diablo Canyon: California’s Energy Future” – John Shoals, Local Public Affairs
Representative, PG&E
 “Water Conservation Efforts: Preparing for the Next Drought” – Tom Fayram, Deputy Director
of Water Resources, County of Santa Barbara
 “Business Innovation Toward Sustainability: CalRecycle and RMDZ Program” – Bruce Quigley,
Supervisor, CalRecycle Loan Division
 “An Overview of Upcoming Statewide Energy Regulations” – Martha Brook, P.E., Advisor to
Commissioner McAllister, California Energy Commission
 “Advantages of Solar for Municipalities, Businesses, and Residents” – April Price, Community
Environmental Council
 “Micro Grids and Smart Grids: Embracing New Energy Technology”- Joseph Herr, Grid
Integration & Innovation Principal, PG&E
 “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability- What can we ALL do?” – Panel of program experts

Registration begins at 7:30 am with coffee and continental breakfast. The presentations begin at 8:00 am and are scheduled to end at noon. People will be urged to stay and talk one-on- one with officials and agencies, many of which will have display tables and will provide information and literature. The event is
slated to end at 1pm.

There is no cost to attend, but you must register by sending an email to or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at (805) 925-2403 ext 812.

The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership has been promoting energy efficiency and helping businesses and municipalities since 2010. PG&E and SoCalGas are the funding partners for the Partnership. Staples Energy provides the Direct Install energy upgrades. Other members of the Partnership are the municipalities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Solvang, Buellton and the County of Santa Barbara. The Partnership has assisted over 450 businesses in north Santa Barbara County, has provided energy upgrades to municipal buildings, and has held numerous outreach events for local communities.