California’s move away from natural gas to clean electricity
Aug 11, 2021 12:00 PM
Panama Bartholomy
California’s move away from natural gas to clean electricity

The Golden State is beginning to shift its buildings and power sector away from natural gas. Why are state and local governments doing this? What will it mean for homes and the state’s economy? Is electricity actually better than natural gas for heating and cooking? Can the grid handle it? All these question and more will be answered by Mr. Bartholomy.

Panama Bartholomy is the Executive Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition. Forging partnerships among varying disciplines and stakeholders, he has managed and facilitated the creation and implementation of some of the largest climate and energy programs in the United States. Panama’s work focuses on finding policy and program solutions for communities facing energy efficiency, renewable energy, land use and climate change challenges. Panama combines frontline experience with state and local government policy and has dealt extensively in the regulatory and utility arenas.  

Previously, Panama was the Advisor on Energy and Natural Resources to California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez where he oversaw the State of California’s energy and environmental legislation and budget. He earlier served as Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewables Division and advisor for Chairmen Douglas and Pfannenstiel, worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education, and ran the Sustainable Schools program for the Division of the State Architect. Panama served on the City of Sacramento Planning Commission and the County of Sacramento Environmental Commission, and is a former board member on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and past president of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC.