Energy drives our world and our economy and the majority of that energy comes from oil and gas.  Even though wind turbines and solar panels are popping up in many places, it’s easy to assume that the transition from oil and gas to renewable energy is well on its way. But in fact it has barely begun.

Scaling up wind and solar to match the scale of today’s oil and gas industry is a huge undertaking. While it is recommended and commendable to support ‘green’ sources of energy that have the potential to help preserve the planet for future generations, it won’t be quick or easy. But we are making significant progress and buildings are becoming Net Positive producers of energy.

Join us to find out how we are making that change in the global energy demand.

This program will be moderated by Doug Lynch of The LYNCH Group.


  • Corey Hoven, CTO, Next Energy Technologies
  • Craig Christenson, President & CEO, Turbine Technology Partners
  • Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Partner Brooks + Scarpa

About the Speakers

COREY HOVEN, CTO, Next Energy Technologies

Corey is the Founder and CTO of Next Energy Technologies, an innovative company that is commercializing windows that look conventional, but also generate electricity at exceptionally low costs.

Corey received his PhD from UCSB’s Department of Materials, where he also earned a BSc in Physics and a BSc in Anthropology in 2005, focusing on renewable energy and barriers to sustainable energy development. His overall research focus was on organic solar cells with a focus on device design.


CRAIG CHRISTENSON, President & CEO, Turbine Technology Partners

Craig is one of the Co-Founders of Turbine Technology Partners (TTP). TTP provides engineering consulting services to utility scale wind turbine manufacturers, project developers, and wind power plant owner/operators.

Prior to TTP, Craig held the position of SVP of Engineering for Clipper Windpower and was Chief Engineer for GE’s wind turbine product line. During his tenure at GE Energy, Craig’s technology team leadership enabled the rapid growth of GE Energy’s Wind business unit to become one of the world’s leading wind turbine suppliers.

Craig has received a U.S. Department of Energy R&D Partnership Award for his contribution to the advancement of wind power technology and holds several U.S. Patents.

LAWRENCE SCARPA, FAIA  Partner, Brooks + Scarpa Architects

The work of Lawrence Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable, energy efficient and contemporary design work today. Larry has been a recognized leader in the early adoption of solar energy systems combined with innovative architectural applications.  He has received more than 100 major design awards including twenty National AIA Awards, five AIA Committee On The Environment “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and as a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide.

Larry has taught and lectured at the university level at numerous schools. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California. Larry will highlight how innovations in technology and energy generation are resulting in Net Zero and Net Positive Energy Buildings.  Innovative architecture combined with energy producing technologies is a game changer for the built environment and is a concept that will have a significant impact on the design of communities and cities of the future.

DOUG LYNCH, Managing Director, The LYNCH Group

Doug has spent the majority of his career in the Oil and Gas industry and was one of the co-founders of The REACH Group, organizational effectiveness consultants to the upstream oil and gas industry.  His clients included all the world’s largest oil companies and governmental organizations.

Doug received his BSc in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his MBA from Pepperdine University and completed coursework towards a PhD (All But Dissertation) in Management Studies from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Now based in Santa Barbara, he consults part-time and teaches social entrepreneurship (go figure!) at Antioch University’s MBA program.  Doug is also an Accredited Investor and Advisory Board member for several tech startups.

Event Registration

When:  Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Student: $15.00

General-Early-Bird (online only): $30.00
Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Tuesday, May 14 at 8 p.m.

General-Walk-in: $40.00

Parking: FREE


5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins

6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Panelist Discussion

7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Tickets include appetizers and refreshments for both online and walk-in registrants. (Beer or wine separate– cash or pre-paid online or at check-in table.)

If you miss the Online Early-Bird Offer, we welcome guests on the day of the event at the Walk-in rate. (Online rate not applicable.) 

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