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  SUNDAY - September 22, 2013
5:00 p.m. RECEPTION HALL
Registration Opens
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
RECEPTION HALL
Opening Night Reception: Sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources

Join us for an evening of networking as we kick off the conference, brought to you by NextEra.
  MONDAY - September 23, 2013
7:30 a.m. RECEPTION HALL
Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

SALON J
Pre-Conference Workshop:
Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets 101

An introduction to renewable energy, renewable energy certificates (RECs), and creating credible markets. Perfect for newcomers to the industry or participants that are looking to stay up-to-date. Please note that separate registration is required. Click here to read the full description

Speakers
Matt Clouse, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Moderator)
Jenny Heeter, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Jeff Swenerton, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)


ROOM 400/402
Pre-Conference Workshop:
Greenhouse Gas Accounting: Changes That Affect Your Marketing

A how-to workshop on accurately marketing renewables within a changing GHG accounting landscape. A must for those describing the emissions benefits of renewable energy to customers. Please note that separate registration is required. Click here to read the full description

Speakers
Josh Lieberman, Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA, Moderator)
Ian McGowan, 3Degrees
Robin Quarrier, CRS

9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM: SALON H
Opening Session

Welcome to Renewable Energy Markets 2013.

Speakers
Jennifer Martin, CRS
Roger Duncan; The Energy Institute, U.T. at Austin



Keynote Address:
Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

First appointed as a Commissioner to FERC in 2006, Chairman Wellinghoff is an energy law attorney with over 35 years of experience in regulatory, consumer and commercial law. Since being appointed Chairman, he created FERC's Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which is responsible for investigating and promoting new energy-efficiency technologies and practices.


Power Table
Top executives and major players discuss the landscape for renewable energy markets, organizational sustainability goals, and market growth opportunities.

Speakers
Karl Rabago, Rabago Energy LLC (Moderator)
TJ DiCaprio, Microsoft
Dan Kalafatas, 3Degrees

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

RECEPTION HALL
Networking Break: Sponsored by Community Energy

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

SALON J
Designing Utility Programs

Considerations and comparisons between program designs. REC-based programs versus bundled electricity programs. Co-benefits and costs for sourcing from local projects or investing in less-prevalent resources like solar. Working with commercial customers on long-term contracts and price structures.

Speakers
Carol Harwell, Austin Energy (Moderator)
Stasia Brownell, 3Degrees
Molly Hoyt, PG&E
Courtney Gilbert, Dominion Virginia Power


ROOM 400/402
Large-Scale Municipal Efforts: Green Buildings, Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency

In the absence of federal mandates, states and municipalities are stepping up and addressing green buildings, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Learn how city governments are tackling these issues, particularly for their facilities.

Speakers
John Powers, Renewable Choice Energy (Moderator)
James P. Cargas, City of Houston
Larry Falkin, City of Cincinnati


SALON K
Purchaser Spotlight: Intel, Pearson, and Powdr

High-level purchasers share their experiences and reasons for purchasing renewable energy.

Speakers
Blair Swezey, SunPower (Moderator)
Hanne Brown, Pearson
Brent Giles, Powdr
Marty Sedler, Intel

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM: SALON H
Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon

Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). A celebration of leading green power purchasers, green power suppliers, and organizations and individuals advancing green power markets.

Learn more about the Green Power Leadership Awards.
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

SALON J
Regional Market Spotlight: Texas

Policy, pricing, and financing issues. An overview of market trends, drivers, barriers, and impacts. Case studies on sourcing and supply, competitive electricity suppliers, as well as wholesale and broker issues?

Note: Texas MCLE credits are available for this session.

Speakers
Lars Kvale, APX (Moderator)
David Adelman, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
John Friskel, Clear Energy Brokerage & Consulting
Chris Hughes, Husch Blackwell
Mike Sloan, Virtus


ROOM 400/402
Marketing Utility Programs and Electricity Products: What Works?

Best practices for marketing. How often should you contact potential customers? What messages work for different demographics and regions?

Speakers
Nik Blosser, Celilo Group Media (Moderator)
Liz Jambor, Austin Energy
Berit Kling, Pacificorp
Nay Shayan, Portland General Electric


SALON K
Making the Business Case for Green Power

Why green power makes sense for businesses. What messages work to move the decision to purchase into the right hands?

Speakers
Rick Anderson, NextEra Energy Resources (Moderator)
Greg Pool, Walmart
Andy Smith, Cisco Systems
Bob Valair, Staples

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. RECEPTION HALL
Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

SALON J
Marketing Renewable Energy to Mainstream Americans

How green power marketing can scale up to entice consumers. Messaging that works when engaging the traditional consumer. Best practices for bringing renewable energy to consumers through the products they purchase and activities they participate in with leaders in the green marketing space.

Speakers
Adele Bihn, Data Marketing Inc. (Moderator)
Tess O'Brien, CleanPowerPerks
Laura Pagliarulo, Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES)


ROOM 400/402
GHG Accounting for Voluntary Renewable Energy Purchases

This session will provide an overview of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting policies and practices for renewable energy and REC purchases as a part of a corporate GHG inventory. The best practices, guidelines, and policies of several prominent organizations and reporting systems will be discussed and compared, in terms of accounting methods and eligibility rules. Participants will leave with an appreciation of the evolution of thought on GHG accounting for voluntary renewable energy purchases and an understanding of how different guidance and reporting systems reflect the GHG benefits of purchasing renewable energy.

Speakers
Matt Clouse, EPA (Moderator)
Todd Jones, CRS
Peggy Kellen, The Climate Registry
Mary Sotos, World Resources Institute


SALON K
Meeting Large Customers' Calls for Utility Green Power Programs

Large electricity users like Google have recently called on electric utilities to develop new generation capacity or green electricity programs tailored to the users' specific needs and goals. Users and utilities have different abilities, risks and realities when working toward such programs. This session will look at the potential for these programs from all angles, and feature an active discussion.

Speakers
Roger Duncan, University of Texas (Moderator)
Tom Darin, American Wind Energy Association
Sam Arons, Google
Stephen Krebs, OwnEnergy, Inc

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. RECEPTION HALL
Networking Break
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SALON J
Green Marketing: Business Perspectives

Examples of businesses leveraging their green power purchases to sell more of their own products. Hear success stories. Employee engagement and internal marketing; marketing and promoting your purchase within your organization.

Speakers
Mel Jones, Sterling Planet (Moderator)
Gregory Butler; Becton, Dickinson and Company
Cheryl Weisensel, UW Credit Union
Rob Healey, BMW


ROOM 400/402
Tracking System Forum

The use of certificate tracking systems has greatly increased in recent years as compliance markets ramp up and as more RECs are transacted in voluntary markets. A discussion on current hot topics for tracking systems. This session will invite attendees to actively participate in the discussion in small groups.

Speakers
Rachael Terada, CRS (Moderator)
Don Tucker, ERCOT
Amy Fredregill, M-RETS
Paul Belval, NEPOOL
Jaclynn Lukach, PJM-GATS


SALON K
Emerging Models for Community Renewables Programs

Success stories, financing issues, claims, marketing, and innovations. Community solar case studies, implementing programs in deregulated energy markets, and financing community solar projects through crowdfunding.

Speakers
Adam Capage, 3Degrees (Moderator)
Shay Ohrel, Green Mountain Energy Company
Andreas Karelas, RE-volv

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Green Power Party
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7–9 P.M.
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  TUESDAY - September 24, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

ROOM 616
Coffee with Green-e Energy

Meet with Green-e Energy staff for an informal coffee. Learn more about the program and connect with staff and other program participants.


SALON J
Carbon Offsets 101

This essential introduction to carbon offsets covers the basics of how offsets work and provides an overview of the global voluntary market. This hour-long class will explain offset terms and definitions, project types, quality criteria, project standards and credit certification, and retail offset transactions and product certification. We will also cover the state of and trends in the voluntary marketplace, and an overview of different players in the market. Please note that separate registration is required.
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Speaker
Todd Jones, CRS

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM: SALON H
State of the Markets

An inside look at the state of voluntary renewable energy markets and state renewable portfolio standards. Projections of where these markets are headed and insights on the President's Climate Action Plan.

Speakers
Rachael Terada, CRS (Moderator)
Jenny Heeter, NREL
Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Holmes Hummel, U.S. Department of Energy

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

RECEPTION HALL
Networking Break Sponsored by Green-e

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

SALON K
On-Site Renewable Energy, RECs, PPAs, or Bundled Electricity Products: What Has the Most Value for Purchasers?

Case studies on companies that choose to install renewable energy on-site versus those that choose to purchase RECs, buy through a utility or competitive electricity supplier, or enter into a power purchase agreement directly with a generator. An exploration of messaging and customer perceptions.

Note: Texas MCLE credits are available for this session.

Speakers
Bryn Baker, World Wildlife Fund (WWF, Moderator)
Jay Carlis, Community Energy
Erin Craig, TerraPass
Sarah Gibson, Dell


SALON J
Market Outlook Across Technologies

The rate of development and deployment for different renewable resources varies widely. Hear from experts on the current state and outlook for wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, biomass across North America. Opportunities, barriers, and projections.

Speakers
Chris Namovicz, U.S. Energy Information Administration (Moderator)
John Bonitz, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Dana Hall, Low Impact Hydropower Institute
Larry Sherwood, IREC
Tom Darin, AWEA

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

RECEPTION HALL
Networking Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

SALON J
Regional Compliance Market Outlook

Compliance markets are an important driver of renewable energy, and many companies participate in more than one market. An overview of regional markets for renewable energy.

Speakers
Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates, Inc. (Moderator)
Nick Culver, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Chris Leveriza, WGES
Ken Nelson, Element Markets
Supria Ranade, BGC Environmental Brokerage Services


SALON K
Higher Education Roundtable

Hear from public and private schools and a variety of clean energy solutions they have implemented: RECs, on-site, long-term contracts, and more. More than 675 schools have climate-neutrality commitments, but many schools remain reluctant to enter the green power markets. But as "forever" institutions, schools are uniquely positioned to make long-term commitments to renewable energy. This panel will look at how the supply side can better understand schools' needs in terms of products and procurement, and how schools can better understand the market opportunities and offerings. The session will highlight best practices and needs gaps and identify opportunities to close gaps and bring new participants into the market. How the market can more quickly respond to this opportunity of aggregate demand?

Speakers
Blaine Collison, U.S. EPA (Moderator)
Andy Kim, Austin Community College District
Chris O'Brien, American University
Matt O'Keefe, University of New Hampshire

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM: SALON H
Lunch

Hungry for valuable networking opportunities? Join us in the main ballroom, or attend an optional lunch session.

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

SALON J
Fundamentals of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

An introduction to PPAs for companies and institutions. How to write a PPA and manage the process for your organization.

Speakers
Stephen Krebs, OwnEnergy, Inc.
Blaine Collison, U.S. EPA


SALON K
The Intersection of Renewable Fuel Credits and RECs

Discussions on how renewable generators might be eligible to receive Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Impacts in the renewable energy industry. Lessons learned in the REC market that can be applied to the emerging market for RINs.

Speakers
Matt Clouse, U.S. EPA (Moderator)
Erika Myers, ICF International

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

SALON J
Marketing Energy Efficiency with Renewable Energy

Overlaps, connections, and challenges in marketing energy efficiency with renewable energy. Opportunities and messaging strategies.

Speakers
Jason Sears, Green Mountain Energy Company (Moderator)
Brian Keane, SmartPower
Alden Hathaway, Sterling Planet


SALON K
Renewable Portfolio Standard Challenges and Solutions: Influencing RPS Changes

Evolving rules impact compliance and voluntary markets. What happens when a state RPS changes? How to get involved and influence decision makers. What strategies work for engaging PUCs?

Note: Texas MCLE credits are available for this session.

Speakers
Rick Umoff, Solar Energy Industries Association (Moderator)
Robert (Bob) C. Grace , Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC
Jeff Deyette, Union of Concerned Scientists

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

RECEPTION HALL
Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SALON J
Green Marketing: Customer Demographics

An overview of today's green power customers. Trends on consumer perceptions of renewable energy and climate change.

Speakers
Suzanne Shelton, Shelton Group

Agenda and panel lineup is subject to change.