REM 2017 Program
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Program Tracks for REM 2017 include:
Green Power Leaders. How corporate and institutional renewable energy purchasers are leading the way in the market. For example:
- Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement
- City and State Government Renewable Energy Procurement
- Renewable Energy in the Tech Sector
- Innovative Corporate Engagements/Partnerships
- Onsite Renewable Energy Installations
- Renewable Energy in the Supply Chain
- Corporate Engagement in Renewable Energy Market Development
- The Role of Corporations in Global Climate Policy and Negotiations
Direct Renewable Energy Procurement, Project Development & Finance. The role of direct procurement and renewable energy project development in the voluntary market; opportunities and strategies. Financial models and innovations. For example:
- Power Purchase Agreements
- Financing Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement
- Solar for Commercial and Industrial Customers
- Beyond the Deal (for example, certification and reduction).
Renewable Energy Policy. How regulatory policy and pending legislation at state, federal and local levels will influence the direction and growth of renewable energy markets and investments; any legal issues impacting markets; changes to guidance and voluntary standards that could impact market activity. For example:
- State RPS Updates
- Solar Policies (Net Metering, Value of Solar, etc.)
- Spotlight on New York Energy Policies
- Changes to state carbon policies affecting voluntary and corporate renewable energy
Community, Energy Service Provider & Utility Programs. Issues faced by providers of renewable energy. Sessions will address the unique challenges and opportunities faced by each of these provider categories: utility programs & products, community choice aggregation, competitive electricity and REC suppliers, and developer-led community renewables. For example:
- Marketing Renewable Energy & REC programs
- Community Solar (utility-led and developer-led)
- Community Choice Aggregation
- Utility Programs for Corporations
- Residential Programs
- Competitive Electricity Suppliers
- City Engagement with Renewable Energy
- Innovative Utility Products and Programs
International Renewable Energy. Green power procurement outside of North America. For example:
- International Renewable Energy Markets and Market Development
- International Corporate Renewable Energy Purchasing Goals
- Country Spotlight(s)
Market Growth and Trends. Data and trends on regional and technology-specific renewable energy markets. New platforms and practices, exchanges, auctions, brokerages, and tracking systems. For example:
- Spotlight on New York and the Northeast Power Markets
- Regional Voluntary and Compliance Markets
- Renewable Energy Tracking Systems
- Solar Market Trends
- Trader and Broker Data and Outlooks
Power TableTop executives and major players discuss the landscape for renewable energy markets, organizational sustainability goals, and market growth opportunities.
Getting to 100Now 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 corporate purchaser, city government, federally recognized Indian tribe and nonprofit to explore how these 100% goals are made and what comes after the pledge.
PG&E PARC (MARKET)
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.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Programs (Part I): Lessons Learned & the Path ForwardMomentum 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.
Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator for EPA's Region 9 Office in San Francisco
Green Power Leadership Awards LuncheonAn 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.
Community Solar Markets and CustomersJoin the conversation about national and regional community solar markets. Panelists will discuss new trends, explore customer perceptions and demands, and reflect on lessons learned.
PG&E PARC (MARKET)
California / Western Market SpotlightThis 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.
Corporate Strategies for Renewable Energy ProcurementAny 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 developers to discuss the state of corporate procurement, pros and cons of different renewable energy options, internal infrastructure challenges, and several case studies.
Solar MarketsThis 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.
Solving for "Why": The Case for Corporate PPAsWhile 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
Nicola Peill-Moelter, Akamai
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 discuss some of the changes in geography, contract terms, utilities' role, and market development for the renewables industry as a result of increased corporate procurement.
Consumer Protection for Distributed SolarThis 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.
Creating Direct PPA ConnectionsWhether it's the hotel bar, a friend of a friend, or Farmersonly.com, 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.
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.
JULIA MORGAN BALLROOM
(BUSES DEPART FROM PARC 55 LOWER LOBBY)
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 Julia Morgan Ballroom! Located at the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, right on the historic California Street Cable Car line, the 465 California Street 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 Ballroom starting at 6:30PM.
|8:00 a.m.||NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM (CYRIL MAGNIN)
|8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||FILLMORE|
U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership Breakfast
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.
|9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM (CYRIL MAGNIN)
Karen Douglas has served on the CEC since 2008, and fills the Attorney position on the five-member Commission. Commissioner Douglas is the lead commissioner on power plant siting. She previously served as Director of the California Climate Initiative at the Environmental Defense Fund.
State of the MarketsAn 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.
|10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER
|11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||MISSION|
State Renewable Energy Policy UpdateA session about state renewable energy policy, including changes to RPSs and other policies to extend the useful contribution of renewable energy.
PG&E PARC (MARKET)
New International InitiativesIn 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 developments in various international locales, including Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, and Mexico.
Steal These Ideas: Solar Marketing Success StoriesThis panel will focus on successful marketing campaigns surrounding solar products in competitive markets, from rooftop solar to retail energy provider's solar energy and SREC programs. Panelists will explore the challenges and rewards of their work.
|12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.|| NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCE BALLROOM (CYRIL MAGNIN)|
|1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||EMBARCADERO
Community Choice Aggregation (Part II) – Workshop: Getting Started, Key Issues, & Leveraging InnovationThis 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.
|1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||MISSION
Innovative Utility ProductsUtilities 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.
Renewable Energy in the Supply ChainWhether 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.
|2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER
|2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.||MISSION
Utility Integration of Emerging Storage & RenewablesLearn more about how utilities are building energy storage into their operations, the challenges and successes, and how the customer benefits.
PG&E PARC (MARKET)
International Opportunities: Understanding Purchasing Options in the European UnionFor 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.
New Financing ModelsBreaking 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.
|3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER
|4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||PG&E PARC (MARKET)
Market Update: India and ChinaAs 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.
Renewable Energy Markets and the Clean Power Plan (Part II) – WorkshopA 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.
Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change.