First Energy Transformation Dialogue

8.5.15 - 8.7.15

The first Energy Transformation Dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) took place from August 5-7 in Sacramento and San Francisco, California. Organized by the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and co-hosted by the California Energy Commission (CEC), the event brought together key energy and utility regulators from developing countries in Latin America and Asia to learn about the power sector transformation currently underway in California and in other countries.


Tremendous advancements towards low-carbon energy are occurring in the power sector. The price of solar has fallen 80% in five years, and the cost of wind power has been reduced by nearly half. Energy storage technology is on its way to becoming economically viable, offering the potential to mitigate the intermittency issues of renewable energy (RE). Distributed generation (DG) is reducing the need for large investments in utility-scale generation, and advanced sensors and smart-grids have the ability to effectively manage demand and increase energy efficiency. These new technologies and advancements are transforming the electricity sector and hold significant mitigation opportunities for the power sector, a large contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change, while also increasing resiliency, reducing line losses, and lowering energy costs. The goal of the dialogue was to accelerate this transformation toward renewable and distributed energy in developing countries by creating a forum for in-depth discussion between countries and to learn from California, Germany, Mexico and others.

The dialogue built on previous MAIN dialogues and efforts to support countries’ work on designing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). It is also meant to coincide with countries’ current efforts underway to develop national climate pledges under the UNFCCC, as well as the launch of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which can help finance and garner national attention to reforming energy markets.

Key points from the dialogue include the following:

This dialogue was convened with the generous support of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

Dialogue Resources:

Dialogue Agenda
First Energy Transformation Dialogue Meeting Summary
GCF Factsheet
INDC Factsheet
Distributed Energy Resources Factsheet
California Factsheet
Green Resilience Factsheet


Day 1:

California Energy Commission Keynote Presentation: The Growth of Renewable Energy in California Commissioner David Hochschild
Energiewende: Germany’s Energy System and the Status of the Energy Transition Markus Kurdziel
The Green Climate Fund and National Climate Pledges Leading to Paris Ned Helme
Power Sector Reform in Mexico: an Overview by SENER Luis MuÑozcano
Energy Transformation in Uruguay Beatriz Olivet
Challenges MAIN Countries Face in Managing Grid and Transmission Issues Gerardo Canales
CAISO: Integrating Renewables and Distributed Energy Resources into California’s Electricity Markets Lorenzo Kristov
Greening the Grid: Integrating Renewable Energy into the Grid David Palchak
Indonesia’s Renewable Energy Policy Ida Nuryatin Finahari
Advancements in Smart and Clean Energy Technologies: How R&D Addresses Advancements Alan Solomon
The Development of Smart Grid Pilot Projects in Argentina Oscar Medina

Day 2:

California’s Policies and Other Structural Programs Promoting Distributed Energy Resources Stephen St. Marie
Focusing on Distributed Energy Resources: Duke Energy’s Commercial Strategic Initiatives William F. Tyndall
Distributed Energy Policy in Costa Rica Oky Segura Elizondo
DER by Southern California Edison Dhaval Dagli
MERALCO’s Renewables Program in the Philippines Anna A. Reodica
Chile’s National Energy Commission on Renewable Energy Programs and INDC Options Jose Carrasco 

Day 3: 

Tour and Overview of the California Independent System’s Operator Mark Rothleder