REM 2017 Agenda

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. NASSAU

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

Speakers
Chris Kent, U.S. EPA (Moderator)
Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL
Others to be announced

2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. OFFSITE: Location TBD

Tour

Join us for a tour of a facility leveraging cutting edge renewable energy technology. Details coming soon.

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Registration and Exhibitor Floor


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. HERB 'n KITCHEN RESTAURANT, GROUND FLOOR

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!

Monday, October 23, 2017

8:00 a.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor


9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. SUTTON BALLROOM

Welcome Address, Keynote & Power Table


Welcome to REM 2017
Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Keynote

Ralph Izzo

CEO, PSEG

Ralph Izzo is the chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG). Headquartered in New Jersey, PSEG is one of the ten largest electric companies in the U.S. and in the top ten in the nation for cumulative solar megawatts, with over $9.1 billion in total annual revenue.

Power Table

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

Speakers
Karl Rabago, Pace Energy and Climate Center (Moderator)
Jan Pepper, Peninsula Clean Energy
Jay Harf, L'Oreal USA
Others to be announced

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ROOM TBD

The Paris Agreement & the Role of the Voluntary Market

With the signing of the Paris Agreement, the international community has agreed to collectively undertake significant changes to keep global temperatures in check. The U.S., meanwhile, remains a notable exception to this Agreement, though recent sub-national initiatives hold promise in ensuring the U.S. meets global targets. This panel will assess the role and interactions of the voluntary renewable energy market in helping countries meet their Nationally Determined Commitments to the Paris Agreement.

Speakers
Marcene Broadwater, International Finance Corporation (Moderator)
Others to be announced

ROOM TBD

Renewable Energy Purchasing Syndicates

While the PPA model has grown rapidly in popularity among the largest renewable energy purchasers, the financing requirements of large deals has left the majority of the Fortune 500 out of the loop. In response, syndicate or aggregation models are being explored by corporates that want to get in on the action, but lack the ability to finance a deal themselves. This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities for corporates, developers, and matchmakers in completing these complex deals.

Speakers
To be announced

ROOM TBD

Solar: A Shining Opportunity for Utility Green Power

Join the conversation about utility innovation in solar markets with managers of the nation’s newest utility-scale programs. Panelists will discuss the ingredients necessary to launch successful programs and lessons learned for future programs.

Speakers
Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL (Moderator)
Tyler O'Farrell, Puget Sound Energy
Others to be announced

11:30 a.m – 1:15 p.m. SUTTON BALLROOM



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. ROOM TBD

Renewable Energy Communications in a New Age

Communicating about renewable energy has always been challenging, but the dramatic evolution of the news cycle over the past year has made outreach and engagement even more difficult. This interactive roundtable conversation will feature communications experts representing renewable energy companies, associations and academia, all moderated by a public affairs expert. The roundtable will discuss communications strategies and approaches, share anecdotes and offer communications suggestions for consideration.

Speakers
Ben Finzel, RenewPR (Moderator)
Kate Colarulli, CleanChoice Energy
Dan Whitten, SEIA


ROOM TBD

Obstacles & Opportunities in Global Renewable Energy Procurement

This panel will discuss the role of corporate sourcing in accelerating renewable energy deployment and meeting renewable energy and climate goals. In many countries, corporate sourcing of renewables has become a rapidly increasing trend, and corporations around the world are announcing increasingly ambitious commitments. With representatives from government agencies, corporations, and NGOs, the panel will focus on the main drivers for corporate demand for cost-competitive renewable energy, its overall potential, obstacles and the enabling frameworks needed to support various forms of corporate sourcing of renewables.

Speakers
Orrin Cook, CRS (Moderator)
Others to be announced

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ROOM TBD

Blockchain and Renewable Energy Markets

Blockchain is an emerging and transformative technical standard for distributed ledgers, which has the potential to streamline transactions. Join us to learn about how blockchain can interact with new and existing renewable energy markets.

Speakers
Rachael Terada, CRS (Moderator & Speaker)
Doug Miller, Rocky Mountain Institute

ROOM TBD

Small & Mid-Size Solar Project Development & Finance

Small and mid-size commercial solar has been a dead zone for solar development, but the potential for this market is huge from a capacity standpoint. This panel will explore financing, policy tools, and corporate strategies that can help raise this market from the dead.

Speakers
Jesse Grossman, Soltage
Others to be announced

ROOM TBD

Consumer Protection & Solar Claims

Join national experts to examine consumer protection and environmental claims issues across different solar ownership/leasing structures, pricing schemes, and state incentive programs. Panelists will discuss how examine issues with a consumer protection lens that protects the buyer, seller, and overall supply chain.

Speakers
James Critchfield, U.S. EPA, (Moderator)
Rick Umoff, SEIA
Others to be announced

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ROOM TBD

New York Policy Spotlight

REV, CES, CEF, VDER, EDP, NY-SUN, NYGATS, storage, green banking, voluntary markets, RGGI, and more. New York has it all.

Speakers
Karl Rabago, Pace Climate & Energy Center
Others to be Announced

ROOM TBD

Steal These Ideas: Digital Strategies to Reach Residential Consumers

This panel will focus on successful marketing campaigns to attract and keep residential customers engaged in renewable energy programs. Panelists will explore the challenges and rewards of their work.

Speakers
Duane Bailey, WGL Energy
Chris Barrett, Project Economics
Others to be announced

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. LOCATION TBD

Green Power Party


The action doesn't end when the sessions conclude for the day. Join us for drinks and appetizers at the Green Power Party in the heart of New York City. More details to come!
8:00 a.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

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. SUTTON BALLROOM

Welcome, Keynote & State of the Markets


Welcome Back to REM 2017
Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Keynote

Alicia Barton

President & CEO, NYSERDA

Alicia Barton was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 26, 2017. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.

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.

Speakers
Blair Swezey, SunPower (Moderator)
Jenny Heeter, NREL

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ROOM TBD

Utility-Scale Solar Pricing

As panel costs drop and solar becomes cost competitive with fossil fuels, developers have to continue to innovate their financing models to remain competitive through the scheduled ITC step-down. This panel will explore the challenges facing developers and financers.

Speakers
To be announced

ROOM TBD

Green Tariffs: Evolving Utility C&I Offerings

Commercial and industrial (C&I) customers represent a great opportunity for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy programs. Utilities have been adapting to C&I customer needs through Green Tariff Programs, which allow non-residential customers to power their facilities and operations with renewable energy. Join us for a discussion on how purchasers and utilities are utilizing Green Tariffs to change the renewable energy landscape.

Speakers
Jaclyn Webb, Xcel Energy
Heather Mulligan, Puget Sound Energy
Others to be announced

ROOM TBD

Trends in European Markets and Policy

Winter. Is. Coming. The European "Winter Package" is the next major European policy driver. This panel will assess the current state of the renewable energy procurement in Europe and how forthcoming policy changes may reshape the European renewable energy landscape.

Speakers
To be announced


12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. SUTTON BALLROOM

Lunch


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ROOM TBD

The Role & Importance of Additionality for Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets

Certain corporate purchasers of renewable energy and their partners have placed a new emphasis on “additionality” in renewable energy purchasing. This session will explore what additionality means in this context—both in terms of what is being asked for and what is actually delivered—along with why it has gained importance among some purchasers, how it is being or can be demonstrated or verified, and what its ascendance means for voluntary renewable energy markets.

Speakers
To be Announced

ROOM TBD

Community Choice Aggregation: East Coast Models

Momentum for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs continues to grow throughout the country. This panel will focus on opportunities and challenges experienced by CCAs in the Northeast.

Speakers
To be announced

ROOM TBD

Survey of Voluntary Markets in Asia

Global multinationals have been very active in searching for procurement solutions in Asia over the last few years. Policy environments, markets structures, and a lack of available deals have limited the ramping up of many of these markets, but there are plenty of new developments that may yield new opportunities. This panel will focus on the existing market infrastructure and opportunities for procurement in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and other Asian markets.

Speakers
To be announced


2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ROOM TBD

New Tools for Attribute Markets

Come learn about the latest developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency tracking systems, APIs to streamline transactions, and spot contracts for RECs.

Speakers
Pat Stanton, E4thefuture (Moderator)
Ben Gerber, M-RETS
John Melby, CBL Markets
Lewis Wagner, SRECTrade, Inc.

ROOM TBD

The Dynamics of China’s Emerging REC Market

On July 1st, China launched a Renewable Energy Certificate market and trading has commenced. This panel will allow attendees to learn directly from key Chinese officials and market actors on the dynamics and expectations of voluntary renewable energy procurement in the world's largest market.

Speakers
To be announced

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break

4:15 p.m – 5:15 p.m. ROOM TBD

Peaks, Solar, and Storage

What are the problems for greater market penetration of variable renewable resources? What are states doing to encourage solar and storage?

Speakers
Craig Schultz, ICF
Others to be announced

Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change.