City of LA, entrepreneurs, regulators meet at VerdeXchange

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A conference takes place today at which power company and port authority leaders will meet with city planners, air and water regulators, and green entrepreneurs. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on the verdeXchange.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will help launch the event at the downtown Marriott. Verdexchange will offer panels on hot topics in California's environmental politics: how well government mandates drive renewable energy, and what obstacles block to technology and more energy transmission.

Global warming and greenhouse gas-limiting mandates coexist alongside the state's uncertain economy. State policymakers will show up to talk about it all: new California Assembly speaker John Perez will make an appearance, as will state air resources board chair Mary Nichols.

Industry officials will discuss corporate sustainability. Solar power and how to finance it gets a special breakout session.

The conference aims beyond state and national borders: panelists will discuss the future of the cleantech industry in China, and the way international climate talks like those at Copenhagen will influence national and regional choices around the world.