Local Energy Resources Network (LERN)

LERN Meeting #30

LERN’s 30th meeting takes place on May 14th, 2024 | 11:00am – 12:15pm.

May’s LERN Meeting will feature a discussion with Lisa C. Hu from U.S. Department of Energy Office of State and Sika Gadzanku from U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

Lisa C. Hu, Program Lead


Lisa C. Hu (she/her) works as a program lead for the US. Department of Energy (DOE) in the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP). She previously served at the California Strategic Growth Council, where she co-led design and development of the Community Resilience Centers program; the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), where she led initial development of the Vulnerable Communities Platform; and The Greenlining Institute, where her research, advocacy, and coalition-building supported under-resourced and environmental justice communities. Lisa brings an energy justice and equity lens to inclusive stakeholder engagement, Tribal strategy, capacity-building, and technical assistance, in service of an equitable energy transition and ecosystem of diverse, thriving communities.

Sika Gadzanku, Energy Technology and Policy Researcher and Program Manager


Sika Gadzanku (she/her) is an energy technology and policy researcher and program manager in the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support (ADDS) Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She leads the Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) Expert Match Technical Assistance Program, co-leads NREL’s floating solar portfolio, and conducts research at the intersections of decarbonization, energy justice, and workforce. Her previous work includes techno-economic analysis and grid-scale modeling and analysis for distributed and grid-scale solar plus storage technologies.

The California Climate and Energy Collaborative (CCEC) hosts monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meetings every second Tuesday from 11am – 12pm to exchange knowledge, resources, input, and opportunities to help California local governments pursue their energy and climate goals.

California local governments and those who work with them on energy and climate goals are welcome to participate in these interactive, 1-hour meetings. Meetings will feature roundtable peer announcements, a review of timely assistance opportunities, featured speakers who will share information and solicit feedback on relevant funding and other assistance opportunities. Moderated by the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, this event will also conclude with a 10 minute “ask the BPC” to submit requests for help identifying energy or climate information or support that can help you pursue your goals.

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