REM 2018 Agenda

Tuesday October 9, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. FOYER

Registration and Exhibitor Floor

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. HARRIS BALLROOM

Opening Night Reception

Join us in the Harris Ballroom overlooking Houston's beautiful Discovery Green to kick off the conference. Stop in for light refreshments and to network with other conference attendees before the programming begins!

Wednesday October 10, 2018

8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. ROOM TBD

Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets 101 Workshop

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 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

Kirsten Ho, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL
Chris Kent, U.S. EPA

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. HOUSTON BALLROOM

Welcome Address & Power Table

Welcome to REM 2018

Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Power Table

Don't miss this lively and informative conversation by top executives and major players regarding the highly dynamic landscape for renewable energy markets and market growth opportunities.

Karl Rábago, Pace Energy and Climate Center (Moderator)
Other Speakers to be Announced

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. HOUSTON 1

Drivers of Voluntary Demand

The voluntary market is one of the most complex and dynamic sources of renewable energy demand in the world. This presentation will focus on how recent trends in the regulatory, development, voluntary and compliance spaces are shaping the North American demand for renewable energy and how fundamentals drive renewable energy pricing at both the national and regional levels.

Brooke Malik, 3Degrees
Helen Brauner, 7x Energy
Others to be Announced


Storage and Renewables: Policy and Market Trends

Storage is widely viewed as a critical solution to accelerating renewable energy deployment--helping grid operators and policymakers integrate higher penetrations of renewable resources and balance these sources with evolving load curves. This session will explore policy solutions and market trends that are helping energy storage play an essential market expansion role for renewable energy, and how these developments may affect renewable energy markets.

Todd Jones, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Anissa Dehamna, Navigant
Rob Gramlich, Grid Strategies, LLC


Scaling Up Community Solar

Just a few years ago there were only question marks but now it’s here to stay. Learn from the “veterans” as well as those just beginning in this fascinating story of profound and lasting change in the electricity market.

Tom Hunt, Clean Energy Collective
Wade Hughes, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Others to be Announced

11:45 a.m – 1:30 p.m. HOUSTON BALLROOM

Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon

Join us as we honor the inspirational leadership of green power purchasers, suppliers, organizations and individuals who are advancing green power markets. Awards will be presented by the U.S. EPA and Center for Resource Solutions.
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Structural Options for Procurement through Utilities & Communities

This panel will focus on structuring and financing options that best reach renewable energy goals consistent with corporate buyers’ risk tolerance. How do buyers navigate their choices? Which structure offers the most promise to meet the “typical” non-Google corporate off taker’s risk/reward profile? What options do utilities provide?How does a buyer procure an end-to-end energy solution that covers all the bases?

Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas (Moderator)
Other speakers to be announced


Collaborative Models to Increase Renewables Usage

What are the infrastructure, policy, community, and financing opportunities and restrictions? Our panelists will tell their tales from different electricity provider models from all over the US working toward a shared goal of increasing renewable energy for consumers. Includes CCAs, Competitive Electricity, Utility, and nonprofit partnerships.

Yaima Roldan Casillas, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Justin Kudo, MCE (Marin Clean Energy)
Other speakers to be announced


Case Studies in Market Development

From regulated utilities to refugee camps, it can be a challenge to advance renewable energy projects and create the necessary environment for markets to grow. This panel will highlight lessons learned from Taiwan, Lebanon, UN Refugee Camps, and other regions globally.

Orrin Cook, Center for Resources Solutions (CRS) (Moderator)
Zeyd Tabbara, BGC Environmental Brokerage Services, LP
Dave Mozersky, PREC
Other speakers to be announced

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

State Policy & Voluntary Markets

Regulators and regulatory policy experts will describe some of the most important developments in state renewable energy and carbon policy. They will also discuss how these changes are affecting customer claims and impact in the voluntary renewable energy market, and likewise how changing perceptions of voluntary action are affecting state policy.

Heather O'Neill, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) (Moderator)
Glenn Blackmon, Washington Department of Commerce
Mary Sotos, State of Connecticut
Maya Kelty, 3Degrees


Advancing Supply Chain Strategies in Asia

RE100 commitments continue to grow for corporations' owned and operated facilities and are now expanding to include their supply chains. This panel will examine the emerging opportunities for companies to advance renewable energy procurement among their Asian suppliers.

Gian Autenrieth, South Pole
Other Speakers to be Annnounced


Buyer Beware: Different States, Different Purchasing Opportunities

This panel will look broadly at corporate demand profiles, how demand is evolving and whether it is being driven locationally by regulatory realities or factors internal to buyers, what’s unique about the various regional energy markets, how ERCOT is evolving their leadership role, and more. We’ll touch on the challenges and opportunities presented by the patchwork regulatory landscape, the evolution of demand from the coasts, the eventual sunsetting of tax breaks, and the impact of Washington politics on the industry looking forward. How should buyers be evaluating these markets, thinking about versatility in their portfolios, and responding to the potential for volatility in the future.

Peter Mostow, WSGR (Moderator)
Jeff Cook, NREL
Other Speakers to be Announced

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Texas Market Spotlight

This session puts Texas policy, trading activity, pricing for renewables in ERCOT and impacts for deregulated states in the spotlight. It will include an overview of market trends, drivers, and barriers. Panelists will delve into supply and demand fundamentals in the ERCOT market and legislative/regulatory changes that may impact pricing.

Steve Krebs, CRS Board (Moderator)
Other Speakers to be Announced


Measuring Impact in the Voluntary Markets

Making a difference and maximizing impact—on renewable energy production, GHG emissions, renewable energy purchasing options, and other goals—is a primary concern for many corporate buyers of renewable energy. Thought leaders and market experts in this session will explore perspectives on impact and its different dimensions, how buyers and sellers can measure and communicate impact, the relationship between impact and different purchasing options, and the implications of different definitions of impact on overall demand and access to renewable energy.

Todd Jones, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) (Moderator)
Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates
James Critchfield, U.S. EPA
Shannon Ames, Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI)


Market Trends in Mexico & South America

This panel will assess the current state of the renewable energy procurement in Mexico and South America, and how forthcoming policy changes may reshape the renewable energy landscape in those regions.

Kory Trapp, Carbon Solutions (Moderator)
Julian Gibson, Enel
Other Speakers to be Announced

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Green Power Party at Sambuca Houston

Don't miss REM's annual extravaganza after dark—the Green Power Party, brought to us again this year by CleanChoice Energy. Taking place in an elegant street-level space in the historic Rice Hotel, this year's Green Power Party is just a short walk from the hotel in the heart of Houston's exciting downtown. The Green Power Party is the best chance to catch up with colleagues and friends over a cocktail and enjoy the great city of Houston.

The Green Power Party is included in your REM registration (please remember your badge at the door), and a limited number of tickets are also being sold at the door. Please note: transportation is not being provided and only light appetizers are being served.

Location: Sambuca Houston
Address: 909 Texas Avenue, Houston (Link)

8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ROOM TBD

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.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. HOUSTON BALLROOM

Welcome, Keynote & State of the Markets

Welcome Back to REM 2018
Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston—Invited
We are thrilled to welcome Mayor Turner to hear about the tremendous work the city has undertaken to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey, as well as establish itself as one of the nation's leading municipal purchasers of clean energy. Mayor Turner is also a co-chair of the nationwide Climate Mayors coalition.

State of the Markets

Get an inside look at the state of voluntary renewable energy markets, state renewable portfolio standards, and international renewable energy markets leveraging the latest data. Our expert panelists will provide their insights into where these markets are heading.

Jennifer Martin, CRS (Moderator)
Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Eric O'Shaughnessy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Other speakers to be announced

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Communicating About the Hard Stuff: Renewable Energy & Storage Technologies, Finance and Products

This interactive panel will provide real-world advice on ways renewable energy businesses and advocates can tackle communications about the most challenging aspects of the industry, including technology, financing and products. With panelists from a leading energy storage company, a leading renewable energy finance firm and a leading environmental and energy marketing firm, this panel will include case studies and Q&A with the audience.

Ben Finzel, RENEWPR (Moderator)
Polly Shaw, STEM Finance
Tom Weirich, CohnReznick Capital
Valerie Salinas-Davis, EnviroMedia


Corporate PPAs 2.0: New Options for Corporate Procurement

This panel will discuss the current options among state-of-the-art corporate PPAs, whether in terms of VPPA structure or VPPA terms. It will explore risk management strategies, as well as techniques for sizing the buy. We’ll also explore the plusses and minuses of buyer alternatives to offtake, ranging from direct ownership to tax equity, and the implications of investing in new technologies like storage, fuel cells, and microgrids.

Ally Charlton, Schneider Electric (Moderator)
Bryce Smith, LevelTen Energy
Other Speakers to be Announced


Local Renewable Energy Leadership & Resilience

This panel will feature local leaders discussing the impacts of the hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico and their responses with particular emphasis on renewable energy.

Speakers to be Announced

12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. HOUSTON BALLROOM


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Getting a Deal Done: Challenges & Opportunities

This workshop will offer 4-5 potential solutions to choosing renewable energy supply. Each table leader will host a break-out table to discuss their “unique” type of solution, and the challenges surmounted, solutions chosen/discarded, and any regrets or unexpected plusses found after the close of the deal. Each participant can rotate through two tables to discuss that solution and ask questions.

Dan Sobrinski, WSP (Moderator)
Jay Harf, L'Oreal
Gloriamar Gamez Menendez, Dow


Market Opportunities and Barriers to Renewable Thermal Workshop

Topics to be discussed include: thermal energy usage claims, accounting, tracking, and tradability. What deals and programs are happening? What claims can and should be made?

Randy Lack, Element Markets LLC (Moderator)
Rebecca Smith, Oregon Department of Energy
Others to be Announced


Market Instruments & Sustainable Development

The United Nations has identified affordable and clean energy as a key tenet for global sustainable development. Join this workshop to help explore how innovative market instruments, reporting frameworks, and recognition tools can create new opportunities for markets to support clean energy development globally.

Speakers to be announced

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Blockchain for Renewable Energy Markets Workshop

Providers of products and services related to this technology are proliferating. Come hear some of their elevator pitches followed by table discussions. How does it help with decision making? How does it drive demand for renewables? What are the different approaches companies are taking?

Speakers to be announced


The Utility of the Future Is Here Workshop

Peer to peer discussion regarding shared challenges and opportunities with particular emphasis on the key trends shaping the evolution of utility programs ranging from program design to marketing to suites of offerings designed for each customer segment.

Amanda Mortlock, 3Degrees (Moderator)
Tyler O'Farrell, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
Tess O'Brien, EnergySage
Robin Cunningham, WGL


Obstacles & Opportunities for Integrating Renewables into the Electrification of the Transportation Sector Workshop

The rapid growth of electric vehicles has ensured that the energy transition will extend beyond the electricity sector. While EVs reduce nonpoint source pollution, charging them with renewable energy is the next necessary step for deep decarbonization. This workshop will explore how renewable energy markets can and should interact with the transportation sector to minimize the environmental externalities associated with powering these vehicles.

Noah Bucon, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) (Moderator)
Steven Eisenberg, SRECTrade, Inc.
Other Speakers to be Announced

Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change.