REM 2016 Agenda

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. MISSION

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets 101 

Are you new to the renewable energy industry, or do you have new employees that would benefit from our Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets 101 Session? Get a valuable baseline education from renewable energy experts before launching into the conference!

This pre-conference workshop, sponsored by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for Resource Solutions, is designed to provide background and information resources essential for maximizing attendees' experience of the conference. Expert speakers will provide a general overview of green power and a brief history on the development of a market for clean, renewable energy. Attendees will receive a detailed introduction to the key industry issues, players and products that affect the progress of green power, as well as insight on past, present and future market indicators.

Please note that separate registration is required. The fee for the workshop is $75.00

Sarah Busch, CRS
Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL
Chris Kent, EPA

2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


AT&T Ballpark Green Glove Tour

Visit the country's greenest ballpark! AT&T Park—home of the San Francisco Giants—has won numerous awards for its innovative use of technology and groundbreaking sustainability practices. Transportation will be provided to and from the tour from the conference hotel. Please meet in the Parc 55 hotel lobby for check-in at 2:15 PM on Sunday, October 16. The bus will depart the hotel promptly at 2:30 PM. The onsite tour is scheduled for approximately 3:30-4:30 PM.

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Registration and Exhibitor Floor

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Opening Night Reception

We're kicking off the conference with a Sunday evening reception—stop by to network with fellow conference attendees before the action begins!
I have always found the REM conference to be the most useful and relevant event of the year for us.
— Dawn Weisz, CEO, Marin Clean Energy

Monday, October 17, 2016


Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor


Opening Plenary, Welcome Address and Keynote

Welcome to REM 2016
Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Melissa Lavinson, VP, Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, PG&E

Power Table

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

Karin Corfee, Navigant Consulting (Moderator)
Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas
Neha Palmer, Google
Melissa Lavinson, Vice President, PG&E

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. MISSION

Getting to 100

Now that over 100 large corporations, governments, and universities have made pledges to derive 100% of their electricity from renewable sources, what's next? Join a diverse panel from the corporate, city government, university, and nonprofit worlds to explore what comes after the pledge.

Roberto Zanchi, CDP (Moderator)
Jessie Denver, SF Department of the Environment
Erik Hansen, Workday
Sara Drescher, Forest County Potawatomi Community


Renewable Energy Markets and the Clean Power Plan (Part I)

The ways in which the CPP is anticipated to affect RE markets and a discussion of solutions for states.

David Wooley, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP
Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates
Tommy Vitolo, Synapse Energy


Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Programs (Part I): Lessons Learned & the Path Forward

Momentum for Community Choice Aggregation programs continues to grow throughout the country. Join us for an update about the burgeoning California CCA market, the emerging New York market, and key findings regarding the role CCAs play in the path towards a sustainable future.

Ann Hancock, Center for Climate Protection (Moderator)
Dawn Weisz, MCE (Marin Clean Energy)
Mike Gordon, Joule Assets/Sustainable Westchester
Benjamin Foster, Fosterra


Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator for EPA's Region 9 Office in San Francisco

Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon

An awards celebration to honor leading green power purchasers, green power suppliers, and organizations and individuals advancing green power markets. Awards will be presented by the U.S. EPA and Center for Resource Solutions.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MISSION

Community Solar Markets and Customers

Join the conversation about national and regional community solar markets. Panelists will discuss new trends, explore customer perceptions and demands, and reflect on lessons learned.

Karin Corfee, Navigant Consulting (Moderator)
Peter Coleman, CleanChoice Energy
Wade Hughes, SMUD
Tom Cooper, Pacific Consulting Group


California / Western Market Spotlight

This session puts policy, pricing, trading activity, and financing issues in the WECC and the West in the spotlight. It will include an overview of market trends, drivers, barriers, and impacts in both voluntary and compliance spaces. In particular, panelists will delve into supply and demand fundamentals in the WECC market and legislative/regulatory changes that may impact pricing.

Scott Eidson, 3Degrees (Moderator)
Keith Collins, CAISO


Corporate Strategies for Renewable Energy Procurement

Any seasoned financial advisor will recommend a diverse portfolio of investment options for your retirement account. Shouldn’t the same principles apply to sourcing renewable energy for your company’s footprint? Join a panel of corporate purchasers and renewable energy providers to discuss how a diverse renewable energy portfolio can be achieved, and the benefits and challenges of pursuing one.

Tom Weirich, CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities (Moderator)
Ellen Balfrey, APEX Clean Energy
Michael Barry, Bloomberg LP
Russell Baruffi, Amazon

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. MISSION

Solar Markets

This session will discuss market and financing challenges and opportunities for solar markets in 2016 and beyond. Panelists will explain volumes, liquidity, pricing, and forecasts; characterize supply; and explore markets with growth potential based on supply and demand and the impact of different policy developments, programs, legislative changes and regulation in different markets. Other topics may include varying ownership and finance structures and the challenges and opportunities for compliance and tracking infrastructure.

Lori Bird, NREL (Moderator & Speaker)
Ali Shajrawi, Karbone Inc.


Solving for "Why": The Case for Corporate PPAs

While the Fortune 50 companies blaze ahead with their next round of physical and virtual PPAs, there are a lot of companies who are just starting out - not just with PPAs, but with any renewable energy purchase. So what's the big deal? This panel will look at the drivers, benefits and pitfalls of various power purchase mechanisms including financial, environmental, marketing, and community aspects. Getting an internal champion, based on these benefits, and with full transparency around the opportunities and risks, is often necessary to have any chance for a PPA to get to a CFO's desk.

Roger Fernandez, EPA (Moderator)
Kim Fiske, 3Degrees
Bentham Paulos, PaulosAnalysis
Terence de Pentheny O'Kelly, CustomerFirst Renewables


Utility and Corporate Roles in a Changing Market

In 2015, over half of all wind Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in the US were executed by non-utility customers. This trend is leading to shifts in how developers are contracting for renewable projects, as well as the utility industry's role in clean energy deployment. This panel will explore some of the changes in geography, contract terms, utilities' role, and market development for the renewables industry as a result of increased corporate procurement.

Jacob Susman, OwnEnergy, Inc. (Moderator)
Todd Flowers, Dominion VA Power
Marty Spitzer, WWF
Rob Threlkeld, General Motors

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. MISSION

Consumer Protection for Distributed Solar

This session will cover solar pricing and claims issues for different solar energy purchasing options, including onsite owned, onsite leased, and community solar. It will examine consumer protection issues related to different pricing schemes (including net metering, value of solar, alternative solar pricing options). It will examine environmental claims issues across different ownership/leasing structures, different pricing schemes, and for different state incentive programs.

James Critchfield, EPA (Moderator)
Maya Kelty, CRS


Creating Direct PPA Connections

Whether it’s the hotel bar, a friend of a friend, or, there are many ways to create new relationships. Join this panel to learn more about the different ways in which buyer/project relationships are initiated, cultivated, and secured.

Peter Mostow, WSGR (Moderator)
Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas
Lily Donge, RMI
John Powers, Renewable Choice Energy

Sponsored By


U.S. Tracking Systems (discussion)

Join this interactive discussion of the new opportunities and challenges for tracking systems presented by a changing landscape of renewable energy and climate policy. In particular, the discussion will focus on the role of technology in integrating portfolio management into tracking system utilization. How can existing systems and current functionality support integration, and what new or different functionality can be added to further support the market? Panelists and attendees will break out into groups to discuss topics that may include inter-system functionality, tracking energy efficiency, tracking avoided emissions, and the role of tracking systems in state compliance with the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Jaclynn Lukach, PJM (Moderator)
Steven Eisenberg, SRECTrade, Inc.
Benjamin Gerber, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)
Richard Graves, Ethical Electric

Sponsored by:

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Green Power Party

The action doesn't end when the sessions conclude for the day. Join us for the Green Power Party, hosted by CleanChoice Energy, at the beautiful and historic Merchants Exchange Club! Located at the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, right on the historic California Street Cable Car line, the Merchants Exchange Building takes you back to the City's elegant and storied past. Shuttle transportation will be provided from the Parc 55 hotel lobby to the Club starting at 6:30PM.


Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. FILLMORE

U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership Breakfast
for Renewable Energy Providers

Join us during breakfast for an overview of the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. This session is intended for renewable energy providers, and is the perfect introduction to the Green Power Partnership for newcomers.

State of the Markets

An inside look at the state of voluntary renewable energy markets, state renewable portfolio standards, and international renewable energy markets. Projections of where these markets are headed.

Jennifer Martin, CRS (Moderator)
Jenny Heeter, NREL
Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MISSION

State Renewable Energy Policy Update

A session about state renewable energy policy, including changes to RPSs and other policies to extend the useful contribution of renewable energy.

Michael O'Boyle, Energy Innovation (Moderator)
Tom Marcello, Thompson/Reuters
Alex Baldassano, GP Renewables
Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition
Bernice McIntyre, WGL Energy Services


New International Initiatives (workshop)

In this panel, we take a look at collaborative efforts underway to help foster the development of new voluntary markets. While the opportunity to create meaningful impact in new markets is high, there are a number of key challenges that must be addressed. This panel will highlight experiences learned from recent initiatives in various international locales.

Orrin Cook, CRS (Moderator)
Marsden Hanna, Google
Alexia Kelley, Allotrope NDCIA


Steal These Ideas: Marketing Success Stories

This panel will focus on successful marketing campaigns in competitive markets, from rooftop solar to retail energy provider’s renewable energy and REC programs. Panelists will explore the challenges and rewards of their work.

Blair Swezey, SunPower (Moderator)
Brian F. Keane, SmartPower
Tess O'Brien, EnergySage
Jason Sears, Green Mountain Energy Company



1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MISSION

Innovative Utility Products

Utilities are finding creative ways to keep customers happy. Learn more about how three leading West Coast utilities are communicating with their customers differently, building new renewable energy projects, and more.

Amanda Mortlock, 3Degrees/PacifiCorp (Moderator)
Kerynn Gianotti, PG&E
Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL
Josh Halley, Portland General Electric


Renewable Energy in the Supply Chain – Workshop

Whether sourcing renewable energy across an expansive international retail network or working with suppliers to use renewable, corporate purchasers face many challenges in greening their entire operations. Find out more about the current supply chain demand drivers, the importance of good supplier relationships, and next steps in overcoming key barriers.

Melissa Klein, EPA (Moderator)
John Hoekstra, Schneider
Betty Cremmins, CDP


Community Choice Aggregation (Part II) – Workshop: Getting Started, Key Issues, & Leveraging Innovation

This interactive session will feature topical, small group discussions with CCA leaders to learn first-hand about how to get a program started, the role of community and customer engagement, challenges and opportunities in power procurement, credit and local power development, and examples of how CCAs are integrating renewable power and clean technologies into their programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two roundtable topics of their choosing.

Shawn Marshall, Lean Energy (Moderator)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. MISSION

Utility Integration of Emerging Storage & Renewables

Learn more about how utilities are building energy storage into their operations, the challenges and successes, and how the customer benefits.

Mark Higgins, Strategen Consulting (Moderator)
Peter Bronski, Panasonic Enterprise
Dan Halperin, PG&E


International Opportunities: Understanding Purchasing Options in the European Union – Workshop

For U.S. corporates looking to advance their global renewable energy procurement, Europe is often seen as the next logical step. Join our panel of EU-based experts to discuss the state of the current voluntary market across the Atlantic. From, GOs to tracking systems to production vs. consumption mandates, you will learn what is similar and what is different about the U.S. and European market models.

Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates (Moderator)
Jared Braslawsky, RECS International
Line Riise Jensen, Ecohz
Eric Boonman, Statkraft
Marko Lehtovaara, Grexel


New Financing Models

Breaking ground on a new renewable energy project requires project developers to have the necessary financing in place. Join us for a discussion of new financing models that are being deployed to help facilitate the growth of the renewables market.

Blaine Collison, Altenex (Moderator)
Louis-Philippe Lalonde, Ygrene
Lee Taylor, Resurety
Angelin Baskaran, Morgan Stanley
Anish Hariharan, Goldman Sachs

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PG&E PARC (MARKET)

Market Update: India and China – Workshop

As procurement from large corporations expands globally from owned and operated facilities to supply chain partners, the desire to complete deals in India and China is immense. This panel will look to provide updates on the opportunities and market infrastructure challenges facing two of the world’s largest markets.

Jennifer Martin, CRS (Moderator)
Gireesh Shrimali, Stanford University
Marty Sedler, Intel


Renewable Energy Markets and the Clean Power Plan (Part II) – Workshop

A workshop, where participants will break out into groups, discuss specific topics and report back to the group. Topics include rate- and mass-based plan design, ERC set-asides, voluntary renewable energy market implications and solutions.

Todd Jones, CRS (Moderator)

Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change