State Senator Josh Becker Convenes the Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Grid Reliability

SACRAMENTO – Typically, summer heatwaves add stress to our electricity grid. Increased warming and extreme heat events from climate change add a further burden. What must California do to ensure grid reliability while also reducing use of fossil fuels? Senator Josh Becker, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Energy Future, holds a hearing Tuesday to explore the issue.

Invited speakers include:

  • A representative for the California Independent System Operator, better known as CAISO
  • Michael Colvin, Director, California Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Alexis Sutterman, Program Manager, Energy Equity Program, California Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Cisco DeVries, CEO, OhmConnect
  • Brady Van Engelen, Senior Policy Manager, Bloom Energy
  • Sam Newell, Principal, Brattle Group
  • Sally McGarrahan, Associate Vice Chancellor University of California, Berkeley
  • Brian Biering, Legal Counsel, American Clean Power Association
  • Alex Morris, Executive Director, California Storage Alliance

The hearing is at:

9:30 AM Tuesday, August 9, 2022
1020 O Street, Room 1200

Due to the health and safety risks associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Senate continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines and seating for proceedings are limited to the extent social distancing allows.

The livestream link for the hearing will be available Tuesday morning at:

The agenda and a background paper are posted here:

Teleconference information is available here


Media Contact: Leslie Guevarra,, 415-298-3404