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Energy Matters Dec 14, 2021

Building a constructive energy future for California

Aera Energy President and CEO Erik Bartsch presents keynote address at the 2021 Kern Energy Summit

Aera Energy President and CEO Erik Bartsch, serves as keynote speaker at the Kern Energy Summit 2021 in Bakersfield.

Aera Energy President and CEO Erik Bartsch, serves as keynote speaker at the Kern Energy Summit 2021 in Bakersfield.

Aera Energy’s President and CEO Erik Bartsch spoke about building a constructive energy future for California at the 15th annual Kern Economic Development Corporation’s Kern Energy Summit in November.

“Society’s wellbeing depends on access to clean and affordable energy, but we can’t simply ignore the needs we have today, as they too are inescapable,” said Bartsch. “The global supply and demand system is delicately balanced and changes impact families all over the state.”

In order to develop a pragmatic approach to creating a constructive energy future, Bartsch said the state must confront its dual reality — oil is needed today, and our energy system needs to progressively move towards less carbon-intensive processes and products.

“At Aera, we understand the urgency of climate change. And we want to work with the state and others to find viable solutions so that we can meet both our goal of carbon reductions by 2030 and the state’s aspiration to reach carbon net neutrality by 2045. To bring viable ideas to customers, California is going to need to get serious about Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS),” he said.

Adding, “we need to recognize the supporting role oil plays and consider it a necessary component in a suite of energy offerings along with biodiesel, biofuel, hydrogen, and low carbon electrification of transportation. Why? Because even accounting for the governor’s call for internal combustion engine sales to cease in 2035, we will need liquid fuels for the foreseeable future in California.”

Deborah Builder, senior vice president of development, 8minute Solar Energy, introduced Bartsch at the event illustrating what Bartsch says is just the type of collaboration we will need to create a constructive energy future for California.

Watch Bartsch’s speech in its entirety, here:

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