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Launched in 2020 as part of the CEC's 45th Anniversary celebration, the Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards is an annual event designed to honor the leadership and outstanding achievements of Californians who help advance the state’s clean energy goals. The awards aim to motivate and inspire all stakeholders to continue to lead California to a 100 percent clean energy future by 2045. As California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “We will never waver on achieving the nation’s most ambitious clean energy goals.” The 2020 Clean Energy Hall of Fame Award winners exemplified these principles. Learn more about these leaders, their contributions and the 2020 event here.

2020 Awards Event Recording - YouTube

2020 Winners of the California Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards; Dr. Jame O'Bannon, Lifetime Achievement; Aria Ramsey, Eddie Price, Pamela Quan, and Rey Leon, Clean Energy Champion; Kaushik Tota, Youth Game Changer

Nomination Information

The nomination period is open until June 25, 2021. Please complete the information at the bottom of the page to submit nominations.

2021 Nomination Period is Closed.


The awards honor individuals and entities making exceptional contributions to help California achieve a 100 percent clean energy future for all. The categories include one, “Lifetime Achievement,” four “Clean Energy Champions” and one “Youth Game-Changer.” 

Lifetime Achievement 

The Lifetime Achievement award will recognize an individual who has retired or announced their retirement during the year of the event who has at least 20 years of experience advancing clean energy, is seen as a leader in their community, and who has had a significant positive impact on the State of California and environmental justice communities.  

Clean Energy Champion 

Four Clean Energy Champion awards will recognize individuals or organizations who are contributing to California’s clean energy future through their bold moves, leadership, and innovative ideas, while helping benefit communities in California through more equitable outcomes. 

Youth Game-Changer  

One Youth Game-Changer award will recognize an individual who is 18 years of age or younger who, or an entity/organization focused on youth that, is helping to advance California toward a clean energy future through innovative methods and inspiring the new generation of energy experts, entrepreneurs, and leaders to change the game. 

2021 Selection Committee

Stephanie Chen

Senior Policy Counsel, MCE

Shrayas Jatkar

Policy Specialist, California Workforce Development Board

Danny Kennedy

Chief Energy Officer, New Energy Nexus

Eddie Price

2020 Clean Energy Champion, Community Relations Coordinator, GRID Alternatives

Sarah Rubin

Chief Outreach and Engagement Advisor, California Dept. of Conservation

Christina Snider

Tribal Advisor, Governor’s Office

Leuwam Tesfai

Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma’s Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor, California Public Utilities Commission

Kaushik Tota

2020 Youth Game Changer, Climate Youth Ambassador Program, Founder

Joe Xavier

Director, California Dept. of Rehabilitation