REM 2019 Agenda

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Wednesday September 4, 2019

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. GALLERY 1

Voluntary Renewable Energy (RE) 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

Speakers
Maggie Lund, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Chris Kent, U.S. EPA
Others To Be Announced

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

Introduction to the I-REC Standard

The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) is a non-profit organization active in 24 countries that provides attribute tracking standards for use by I-REC-approved issuers. Based upon the I-REC Standard codes and associated documents, these issuers are able to issue I-RECs into the I-REC tracking system. How the standard works and its implications for national markets will be reviewed in this workshop. The workshop is intended for those interested in market development, international renewables sourcing or international REC policy development.

Speakers
Jared Braslawsky, I-REC Standard



5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. FOYER

Registration and Exhibitor Floor


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PALM TERRACE

Opening Reception




Join us on the beautiful Palm Terrace to kick off the conference. Feel the ocean breeze and watch the palms sway. Stop in for light refreshments and to network with other conference attendees before the programming begins!


Thursday September 5, 2019

8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Welcome Address & Power Table


Welcome to REM 2019

Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Opening Keynotes

Kate Gordon
Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR), State of California
Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of climate change, energy, and economic development. Prior to being appointed Director, she was a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, and was a Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Kendall Helm
Vice President of Energy Supply, SDG&E
Kendall Helm is a PhD economist and the Vice President of Energy Supply at SDG&E. In this capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of acquiring energy and capacity to the serve SDG&E customers, including electric generation and resource planning. She was previously Senior Economist for International Affairs and Trade at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Power Table

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

Speakers
Karl Rábago, Pace Energy and Climate Center (Moderator)
Jennifer Martin, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Kate Gordon, Governor's Office of Planning & Research
Others To Be Announced

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

Strategies for Achieving 100% Community-Wide RE Goals

Recently, more than 100 cities have established community-wide renewable energy goals. This session will explore how leading cities are taking action to meet aggressive community-wide renewable energy goals and the role of utility solutions in meeting their goals. It will explore procurement strategies, innovations, and key challenges.

Speakers
Lori Bird, WRI
Dan Sobrinski, WSP
Others To Be Announced


GALLERY 2

Across Continents: What it Takes to Make and Execute a Global RE100 commitment

orporate RE100 commitments continue to grow and more companies are looking to find solutions in a variety of geographies globally. Finding credible and impactful renewable energy at a price that makes sense is hard to achieve. This session will tackle power purchase agreements, green tariffs, onsite renewable solutions, battery storage, electric vehicles and more. Come learn about how corporates and governments are thinking through these procurement challenges and opportunities.

GALLERY 3

Renewable Natural Gas: A New Solution for Corporate Energy Procurement

While companies with climate commitments reduce their Scope 2 emissions through the purchase of renewable electricity, Scope 1 emissions from the combustion of natural gas have been notoriously more difficult to eliminate. Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a new clean energy option that not only captures fugitive emissions from waste, but it can also offer companies a new way to address Scope 1 emissions. This presentation will look at what exactly RNG is, the types of programs and incentives driving this interest, and discuss some of the key policy and compliance issues associated with developing such projects.

Speakers:
Buck Endemann, K&L Partners
Ben Gerber, M-RETS
Blaine Collison, David Gardiner and Associates
Others To Be Announced

12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES 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. – 2:30 p.m. GALLERY 1

Intersections Between Green Power Customers and EV Customers

This session will explore how the customer demographics of participants in existing programs, such as green power programs, compare with those of current electric vehicle (EV) buyers. We’ll review the results of a comparative analysis of green power program participants and electric vehicle owners to assess their similarities and differences and discuss the resulting implications for both utility green power and electric vehicle programs. New initiatives will also be explored, including using green power at EV charging stations and transit agencies using renewable energy for electric buses.

Speakers
Geoff Bastian, 3Degrees
Elise Benoit, Enel X
Others To Be Announced
GALLERY 2

Voluntary Market Growth in Asia

The last few years have seen the emergence of new voluntary market opportunities and initiatives throughout Asia. Multinational corporations (MNCs) are looking to source renewable energy in the region for their own operations as well as increasingly pushing their supply chains. Come learn about regional trends and initiatives, highlighted by developments in India, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Speakers
Orrin Cook, CRS
Yen-Haw Chen, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research
Others To Be Announced


GALLERY 3

The Evolution of RPS

States aren’t just increasing renewable portfolio standard (RPS) targets; they’re rethinking RPS. California, New Mexico, and Washington are moving to carbon-free mandates, while many other states are considering similar changes. Massachusetts has adopted a clean peak standard. These and other evolutions and transformations are changing the impact of RPS policy on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and goals. This session will contemplate the future of RPS and the landscape of state and regional renewable energy and carbon policy and markets, with new challenges and opportunities.

Speakers
Glenn Blackmon, Washington State
Maya Kelty, 3Degrees
Michael Macrae, Harvard University
Ali Shajrawi, Karbone

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

Clean Transportation Policy: EVs, LCFS, RINs and More

The transportation sector now generates the largest share of GHG emissions in the US and an increasing share globally. There are policies specifically aimed at cleaning up the sector, including the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) in California and Oregon, with other states potentially to follow. This session will explain these programs in terms of their effectiveness and how they will interact with and affect other markets and sectors, in particular the voluntary renewable electricity market.

Speakers
Josh Bledsoe, Latham & Watkins, LLP
Steven Eisenberg, SRECTrade
Others To Be Announced

GALLERY 2

Utility and Project Developer Opportunities: Engaging Low Income Communities in Renewable Energy Programs

Community solar programs have been gaining in popularity across the country, and there are new initiatives aimed at reducing barriers for low income community participation in these projects. In addition, locating renewable energy projects in Opportunity Zones can provide compelling tax incentives for project developers. This session will explore opening green power options to low income communities without increasing customer costs, as well as utilities developing partnerships with communities and nonprofits. Customer disclosures, avoiding greenwashing, and appropriate renewable energy usage claims will also be explored.

GALLERY 3

Implications of the New Data Era: Blockchain, Time-Based RECs, and Hourly Load Matching

How are technologies newly introduced into the voluntary renewable energy market helping? Are they? Join us for a discussion of the various approaches being taken and lessons learned to date. We’ll cover new blockchain renewable energy tracking systems, time-based RECs, and hourly load matching and management.

Speakers
Rachael Terada, CRS
Others To Be Announced

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROM

Table Topics

This session will feature 12-15 tables based on topics of interest. They will be informal roundtable settings with 1 table lead per each. Groups will rotate after 20 minutes.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

CleanChoice Energy Cocktail Reception

Join us for a Cocktail Reception hosted by CleanChoice Energy directly after the Table Topics sessions. We'll enjoy drinks and light appetizers as we reflect on the day. This will be the best chance to catch up with colleagues and friends over a cocktail and a nosh.


 
8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Floor


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. GALLERY 1

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. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Welcome, Keynote & State of the Markets

Welcome Back to REM 2019

State of the Markets

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

Speakers
Michael Leschke, CRS (Moderator)
Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Others To Be Announced

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

The Future of the Voluntary Market in the U.S.

As RPS targets increase, is the voluntary market as we know it shrinking? What should be the role of the voluntary market and does it need to change? Do we have to choose between being voluntary and avoiding over-procurement? This panel will describe the changing landscape, share experiences and challenges, and discuss these existential questions.

Speakers
Todd Jones, CRS
Others To Be Announced

GALLERY 2

Corporate PPAs, GOs, and Making an Impact in Europe

The European voluntary market continues to develop and faces a number of challenges for market participants from changes in regulation to evaluating impactful alternatives for renewable energy procurement (power and gas). This session with highlight the transitions from RED I to RED II, differences between AIB and non-AIB countries, and how Corporate buyers are addressing their internal goals (Scope1, 2 and 3 emissions) with tools including GOs, PPAs and biomethane certificates.

Speakers
Wouter Smits, ACT Commodities
Others To Be Announced

GALLERY 3

Risk vs. Reward: How Corporates Are Tailoring Structure to Manage Risk

The dynamics in the renewable energy market are shifting and project sponsors are increasingly contracting with corporate buyers and other hedge providers as fewer utility deals are available. As this occurs, deal structures are evolving as well. Virtual PPA’s (VPPA’s) and sleeved deals are becoming more prevalent and this results in a different set of risks for all parties to manage. This discussion will explore these trends in detail and tools that are available to mitigate risk.

Speakers
Matt Bogdan, WSGR
Helen Brauner, 7x Energy
Beth Wytias, Bank of America
Others To be Announced


12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Lunch


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

The Future of Small-Scale Aggregation Deals Workshop

As corporate buyers seek solutions to their unique procurement needs, aggregated deals become attractive, flexible solutions. In January 2019, Bloomberg, Cox Enterprises, GAP Inc., Salesforce, and Workday announced an aggregation deal for 42.5 MW of a 100 MW solar project in North Carolina. This innovative deal allowed each member of the consortium to claim similar-sized, small portions of the project. Find out more about this new deal structure and others to come.

Facilitators
Erik Hansen, Workday
Rebecca Sternberg, BayWa
Rob Collier, LevelTen Energy
Others to Be Announced

GALLERY 2

Evolving Market Trends in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Workshop

This session will cover the evolving market trend of morphing solar + storage into fully operational microgrids, which provide an expansion of applications and opportunities. Discussion will include the Implementation of microgrid capabilities and the additional benefits gained in both "grid connected" AND "islanded" mode. Key learnings from a pilot microgrid project serving as a test bed for green innovation and the future of energy applications, will also be presented.

Facilitators
Dr. Erin Boyd, Apparent, Inc.
To be Announced
GALLERY 3

Social Impact, Renewables, and Corporate Engagement in Fragile Energy Regions Workshop

Premium renewable energy products and programs are emerging that allow corporations to demonstrate leadership by supporting renewable energy growth in markets where the associated environmental and social co-benefits can contribute to transforming the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. This session will discuss social impact and responsibility, as well as financing, extending or sustaining new renewable energy systems in conflict-affected fragile regions. Learn how these emerging options can help support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

New Markets: Scaling RNG Workshop

As we embark on our collective journey to a low-carbon economy, voluntary RNG programs offer a great pathway for gas utility customers to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop will provide an opportunity to speak with experts in voluntary green power programs and discuss building on successes that could be applied to RNG programs. This discussion will include a deep dive into the various policy and market barriers to RNG adoption, and solutions that could bring more of these programs to market.

Facilitators
Jillian Forte, CRS
David McDougall, 3Degrees
Others To Be Announced

Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change.