Last Chance! “China, U.S. Race to Deploy e-Buses”

New! Webinar Option!

Buy your tickets for the webinar or to attend in person here.
Deadline for webinar signup is Fri., Oct. 20, 7 a.m. PT

When: Friday, October 20, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Morgan Lewis, One Market, Spear Tower, San Francisco

What: Join the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance for a lively discussion about the future of electric buses. 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. 

  • 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?


  • 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
  • New! John Boesel, CEO, Calstart.org. Moderator

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

Buy your tickets for the webinar or to attend in person here.
Deadline for webinar signup is Fri., Oct. 20, 7 a.m. PT

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PG&E Pacific Energy Center: Energy Education
Ongoing: San Francisco, California

PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center sponsors an ongoing series of educational seminars on energy-related topics including: Low-Energy Buildings, Lighting Design, Smart Grid and Solar Water Heating. Programs take place between 8 AM-5 PM at PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA. To register and see a schedule click here.



The Utility of the Future in the U.S. and China
Roundtable and Webinar
Offices of Morgan Lewis & Bockius
One Market, Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 10 – 12 p.m. PST

Major changes in policy, regulations and technology are disrupting business as usual among utilities in both the United States and China. What can we learn from each other to improve utilities for the future? What are the opportunities and challenges? What’s the role of energy efficiency in the utilities’ changing world?

The Alliance, in cooperation with the Department of Commerce, organized a unique opportunity to hear this special panel of leading experts illuminate these crucial topics. The event was also streamed live—audio only—as a webinar.

Panelists include:

  • Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program & Senior Attorney, NRDC. Moderator
  • Jan Berman, Sr. Director, Energy Efficiency Strategy, PG&E
  • Joe Kruger, Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Fritz Kahrl, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Kate Gordon, Vice Chair, Paulson Institute 
  • Ella Zhou, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Build your energy efficiency intelligence: A short seminar for Chinese real estate developers and local cleantech companies
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 8:30am – 10:30am (registration and breakfast began at 8:00 a.m.)

The China-U.S.Energy Efficiency Alliance, together with ChinaSF, Pacific Gas & Electric(PG&E) and Chinese Enterprise Association (CEA), organized a select group of Chinese real estate developers and technology leaders to learn how to integrate the latest energy efficiency technologies into their Bay Area properties. This event aimed to help the companies save money, cut harmful greenhouse emissions, and fight climate change.

PG&E experts provided key insights into energy efficiency compliance standards and incentive programs. There was also a tour of the state-of-the art energy showroom to see the latest low-carbon technologies.

The Alliance Chinese New Year’s Party 
Fundraiser and Networking
February 10, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:30pm
555 Mission Street, Suite 3300, San Francisco, CA

The Alliance celebrated the Year of the Monkey with opportunities for networking and learning more about the Alliance’s programs.

Energy Breakfast Roundtable
Monday, September 28, 2015 from 8:00am – 10:00am PST
San Francisco, CA

How California and China are working towards a low carbon energy future: What this partnership means in the run-up to the 2015 climate change negotiations in Paris

The Alliance co-organized an Energy Breakfast Roundtable with Morgan Lewis. The panelists, Barbara Finamore (President of the Alliance) and Brian Peck (Deputy Director for the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development – GoBiz) discussed collaborative activities between the United States and China to support a low carbon future, the important role for clean energy and energy efficiency in reducing greenhouse gases and harmful air pollutants, and the opportunities for U.S. cleantech business interested in the Chinese market.

The Alliance 10th Anniversary Celebration with E2
April 22, 2015
Monaco Hotel, Paris Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Started at 5:30pm

This was a celebration for the 10th Anniversary of the Alliance in collaboration with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Keynote Speech was by Dr. Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, followed by a panel discussion and reception.

Sponsored by ChinaSF

EE Business Development Mission to China

December 7-13, 2014

Successfully completed! The week-long mission started in Beijing and visited Tianjin, Qingdao and Changzhou/Wujin. These cities were chosen because they have specific needs for support in the energy efficiency sector, have the strong support of local officials, and have the ability to set up one-on-one meetings geared to the interests of participating companies.

The mission was geared to any small- and medium-sized company that has proven technology and/or expertise in the energy efficiency sector, including equipment, software and service providers. We focused on companies that have sufficient experience, staff and funding to be able to make a commitment to working in China. For purposes of this mission, energy efficiency includes residential and commercial building efficiency/green buildings (new buildings and retrofits) as well as industrial efficiency.

Webinar Series on doing business in China’s energy efficiency sector

April 2014

— Webinar #1 (Completed)*: Are there real opportunities for EE companies in China? Assessing recent developments in China’s energy efficiency market

— Webinar #2 (Completed)*: IP and other business risks in China’s ee market. How to develop a strategic plan for my company: Assessing company readiness for China and managing potential risks

* Copies available for webinar 1 and 2! Contact us if you’d like access: info@chinauseealliance.org; (t) 415-951-8975

This webinar series was organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce (U.S. Commercial Service), in collaboration with the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance and the U.S.-China Cleantech Center.  This is part of a strategy to assist companies in identifying opportunities in China’s ee market. Click here to visit the webinar webpage.

California-China Cooperation on Climate Change – Roundtable
June 5, 2014: San Francisco, CA

Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair of the California Energy Commission, and Matt Rodriquez, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, discussed the unique partnership between California and China that addresses climate change, air quality, and the role for clean energy and energy efficiency in reducing greenhouse gases and harmful air pollutants.

This Roundtable, a collaboration of the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance, the California Energy Commission, and the California Environmental Protection Agency, brought together representatives from the clean technology and energy industries, local governments and civil society. The roundtable provided a great opportunity to network and learn about the California-China partnership and what it means for clean technology businesses and communities in California.

Unleashing Energy Efficiency in China: Business Successes and Challenges
May 22, 2013: Washington, DC

The Alliance presented an expert Roundtable with panelists from business and government who shared practical insights on doing business in China in the energy efficiency sector.  The event kicked off with special remarks from Chair Robert Weisenmiller of the California Energy Commission in addition to a formal signing ceremony with DAS Antwaun Griffin, marking the Alliance’s new partnership with the US Commercial Service. The Alliance to Save Energy generously hosted the event, and the Business Council on Sustainable Energy and the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum provided publicity support.

China-SF To Cooperate On Energy Efficiency: What It Means For Your Business
August 13, 2012: San Francisco, CA

The Alliance teamed with the US Commercial Service to present an expert roundtable discussion on August 13. This event featured guest experts who presented on the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed between China and the City of San Francisco to cooperate on energy efficiency. Read a summary and see photos on our Roundtable event page.

China-US Energy Efficiency Solutions Summit
December 7-8, 2011: San Francisco, CA

Organized by the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance and hosted by BGI Energy Saving Co., Ltd., the Summit facilitated cooperation between Chinese and American energy efficiency solutions providers. With a number of distinguished industry pioneers and government representatives in attendance, the Summit offered unique insights into US experiences prospects for collaboration with China.

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