Chivas Lam Joins the Alliance Board

The Alliance is pleased to announce that Chivas Lam joined the Alliance board this month. Lam is a managing partner and cofounder of a China-U.S. firm, MNL Partners. It develops clean energy projects and joint ventures by pairing Chinese capital with U.S. innovators. It also has offices in San Francisco and Boston.

Lam, who is based in Shanghai, was previously a venture partner at a $2.7B firm, Qiming Ventures, where he focused on clean energy investments. Qiming, headquartered in Shanghai, was founded by American Gary Rieschel.

Upcoming Panel: “China, U.S. Race the Deploy e-Buses”

 

City buses go electric by BYD in Xian, China. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in the U.S. and China in developing the market for e-buses and charging infrastructure.

City buses by BYD go electric in Xian, China. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in the U.S. and China in developing the market for e-buses and charging infrastructure. Photo/BYD

Join the Alliance for a lively discussion on Oct. 20 about the future of electric buses and trucks. With experts in EV manufacturing and energy from China and the US, we’ll explore how both countries can take advantage of this technology to cut carbon emissions and boost the economy.  Click here for tickets and venue. The panelists will discuss:

  • PG&E’s and SCE’s $824 million proposals now before California regulators to build charging infrastructure and launch innovative rate schemes.
  • Why there are so many more e-buses on China’s roads than in the U.S?
  • What can China and the U.S. learn from each other to accelerate adoption of electric buses and trucks, to influence public policy, financing, and technology?

Confirmed panelists include:

  • David Sawaya, PG&E’s lead on the CPUC proposal.
  • Andy Swanton, vice president, BYD, China’s largest EV manufacturer.
  • Dean Taylor, SCE’s senior scientist on EVs and lead on the CPUC proposal.
  • Yunshi Wang, UC-Davis, Director, China Center for Energy and Transportation

(Full disclosure: PG&E and SCE are Alliance donors.)

For tickets, click here. Early bird pricing through Oct. 12, 2017. Buy now and save! Space is limited.

 

Alliance Seeks New Board Members

Alliance board member Terry Fry and Alliance executive director Marjorie Sun recruiting at Board Match.

Alliance board member Terry Fry and executive director Marjorie Sun recruiting at Board Match.

 

The Alliance made its debut at Board Match in San Francisco yesterday. It’s a speed-dating event between about a hundred Bay Area non-profits–selected by Board Match–and hundreds of individuals who want to become board members or volunteers. Nearly 40 folks stopped by to chat with us. We’re thrilled! If you’re interested in becoming a board member of the Alliance, email us. We’d love to hear from you.

Alliance President on Charlie Rose

Alliance president Barbara Finamore was interviewed by Charlie Rose this week! Check out the video here. It’s a great interview that puts into context the current visit to the U.S. by Chinese President Xi Jinping with President Trump. Barbara describes what the U.S. stands to lose as the Trump Administration dismantles existing climate change policies, what the U.S. can gain by pursuing clean energy, and how China is leading to combat carbon emissions.

Paulson Institute’s Kevin Mo Joins Alliance Council

Dr. Kevin Mo, Managing Director of Paulson Institute in China

Dr. Kevin Mo, Managing Director of Paulson Institute in China [Paulson Institute photo]

The Alliance is honored to announce that Dr. Kevin Mo, managing director of the Paulson Institute Representative Office in Beijing, has become a member of our Leadership Council. The Alliance Board approved his appointment March 3. Among his many accomplishments, Mo is a leading expert on promoting policies to accelerate energy efficiency in buildings . Before joining the Paulson Institute, he was director of Energy Foundation’s China Building Program for five years. He also worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council as director of its international sustainability buildings project. He earned his doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s at Tsinghua University and a bachelor’s degree at Zhejiang University.

The Alliance Leadership Council comprises leaders in energy and energy efficiency in the public and private sectors. Council members advise the Alliance on trends, programs and strategic planning.