Leadership Sponsor Program
The Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI) seeks strategically minded industry leaders to join our efforts to accelerate the development and commercialization of sustainable, equitable, safe and reliable energy solutions. We define success by actual reductions of waste in the energy system. Leadership Sponsors are critical stakeholders in this success. Sectors are represented by executives from leading industry partners in utilities, technology, impact investment, retail, influential advocacy leaders and energy regulators/policy makers.
Convening leaders in industry, government, non-profits and academia to discuss and tackle society’s energy-related challenges.
Conducting timely, unbiased, evidence-based research to understand complex energy issues.
Driving market adoption at scale through demonstrations and partnerships, and by influencing industry and government decision-makers.
Producing graduates who will be tomorrow’s energy leaders and experts in government, the private sector and academia.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
EEI brings together industry leaders and policy makers to help with decision-making and facilitate access to cutting-edge innovation.
Advisors have in common a drive to leverage their positions in the marketplace to scale environmental and financial impacts, including addressing underserved market sectors. Advisors help us shape the projects and policies needed to achieve our shared vision in a competitive and dynamic energy landscape.
“Serving as the chair of the EEI Board of Advisors gives me the opportunity to work with a diverse set of key thought leaders and stakeholders that are committed to supporting and investing in the Institute’s meaningful work to accelerate California and the world’s ongoing clean energy transition.”
Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ralph Cavanagh (Board Chair)
Natural Resources Defense Council
Senior Advisor, Carbon Reduction
Director of Utility Partnership
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Vice President, Customer Services
San Diego Gas & Electric
Department Head, Connected & Environmental Business Development
Ryohei Hinokuma (Board Liaison)
Director of Market Transformation and Advocacy
Managing Director, Head of Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance
Director, Efficiency Solutions
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Panasonic Life Solutions Company of America
VP Strategy and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer
Southern California Gas Company
Chief Strategy Officer
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
California Public Utilities Commission
Founding & Managing Partner
Vice President, Customer Programs and Services
Southern California Edison
Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Advocacy & Applications Development
Takeyuki Yamaki (Board Liaison)
Chief, Strategic Technology Planning
Takamitsu Yasukouchi (Board Liaison)
General Manager, Liaison Department
LEADERSHIP SPONSOR PROGRAM BENEFITS
EEI is committed to ensuring a mutually beneficial partnership and developing personalized engagements and activities that provide value to industry partners.
Member of the Board of Advisors
This influential group plays an important role in advancing energy solutions to meet corporate, state, national and global energy goals.
The Institute hosts guest executives to speak at events, seminars, and courses. Invitations are given to Board members and their designees for such exclusive opportunities. In addition, sponsors are recognized on our monitor displays, website, and printed materials.
Market Intelligence Access
Sponsors enjoy access to the research and technological innovations developed at UC Davis.
Internship and Career Placement
EEI facilitates connections to top UC Davis students who have specialized training in energy and transportation systems.
Prestigious Student Fellowships
Sponsors can allocate a portion of their contribution to name a fellowship. The student fellow will work, under faculty direction, on a project that is of thematic interest to the company. The student will be introduced to the company and present his/her research.
Where there is a strong, shared interest beyond the scope of the Leadership Sponsor or Affiliate Program relationships, supplemental collaborative projects can be explored.
“SMUD benefits greatly from our collaboration with the Energy and Efficiency Institute and its research centers. Through real-world collaborative projects, we leverage the expertise of their faculty, staff, and students as we work to achieve our zero-carbon goal and to deploy integrated solutions that will benefit our customers, California, and the rest of the world. This partnership also gives SMUD the opportunity to invest in the future energy leaders that we and our partners will continue to hire need for the energy transition.”
Scott Martin, Chief Strategy Officer, SMUD
LEADERSHIP SPONSORS PROVIDE A MINIMUM OF $100,000 THAT SUPPORTS
Funding supports the development and commercialization of energy-efficient technologies; energy data collection, analysis and visualization; design, development and management of carbon neutral communities; and competitive funding packages to recruit and train top student talent.
Funding helps seed or launch much larger research activities and demonstration projects. Investments from sponsors can generate ratios as high as 30:1 for each dollar contributed.
Outreach and Marketing
Funding enables the Institute to conduct outreach that engages policymakers and key energy stakeholders. Sponsors are full participants in these meetings and events.
ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY INSTITUTE CONTACTS
Energy and Efficiency Institute, UC Davis
Karen M. Block
Executive Director of Development and External Relations
UC Davis Energy and Transportation