REM 2016 Daily: Monday

REM 2016 Daily News and Events: Monday

REM 2016 Daily
Monday, October 17

QUICKLINKS: Daily Agenda | Attendees | GPLA | Hotel | Speaker Bios | Released@REM | Green Power Party | Help!

Welcome back to San Francisco! We hope you enjoyed the Opening Night Reception sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources last night as much as we did, and we look forward to reconnecting with everyone over the next couple days. A few important reminders for today:

1. Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs). The annual GPLAs will be held in the NextEra Energy Resources Ballroom (Cyril Magnin) from 11:30 to 1:15. Please join us for lunch and to congratulate the winners as they accept their awards. After the ceremony, swing by the GPLA booth in the foyer to see the list of winners, read a description of their achievements, and watch the 2016 GPLA Winner Video. The Green Power Leadership Awards website will be updated after the ceremony with more information and a link to the video.

2. The Party You Can't Miss. The 2016 Green Power Party is taking place in one of the most stunning, historic event spaces in the city, the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchant's Exchange building in the heart of the financial district. Sponsored by CleanChoice Energy, this year's Green Power Party promises to be our best yet. Buses begin leaving from the hotel lobby at 6:30 pm. If you'd like to walk, it's a scenic 15-minute, one-mile walk through downtown San Francisco. Check out the Green Power Party page for details and tickets (REM 2016 attendees get in free with badge).

3. Download the REM Guidebook App. The REM app is the best way for you to navigate sessions, side events, parties, and more. With the app, you can plan your day with a personalized schedule, browse program tracks and speakers, interact on social media, learn more about our sponsors and supporting organizations, and more. To get the guide, you can either Download the Guidebook app from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace, or visit from your phone's browser. To download our guide from the Guidebook application once you've downloaded it, search for Renewable Energy Markets 2016.

4. Tweet This. Follow us @REMconf and use #rem2016 throughout the conference to join the conversation about what to see, where to go, and what to do at REM 2016.

Reports, whitepapers, one-sheets, videos, podcasts, publications, and presentations for REM 2016 attendees can be found at Released@REM. If you have something you'd like to share with attendees, just let us know, and we'll post the link (it can be an easier place for attendees to find than, say, your company website). Visit Released@REM to find recent reports. If you have a recent release or publication you'd like to have included in Released@REM, please let us know, and we'll add it.

Need Help?
Swing by the Registration Table in the Cyril Magnin foyer (4th Floor) at any time if you need help or have questions. Media can contact Jeff Swenerton at or 415-265-8142 (cell).

Monday Agenda
To view the agenda online, visit the REM 2016 Agenda.


Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor


Opening Plenary, Welcome Address and Keynote

Welcome to REM 2016
Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Melissa A. Lavinson Vice President, Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, PG&E Corporation
As PG&E's CSO, Melissa manages and directs a team responsible for PG&E's sustainability efforts and engagement, along with advising corporate leadership on how best to integrate and align PG&E's sustainability and business strategy.

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 a.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 corporate purchaser, city government, federally recognized Indian tribe and nonprofit to explore how these 100% goals are made and 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.

Todd Jones, CRS (Moderator)
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)
Wade Hughes, SMUD
Tom Cooper, Pacific Consulting Group
Laura Pagliarulo, CleanChoice Energy


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 developers to discuss the state of corporate procurement, pros and cons of different renewable energy options, internal infrastructure challenges, and several case studies.

Ellen Balfrey, APEX Clean Energy
Michael Barry, Bloomberg LP
Russell Baruffi, Amazon Web Services
George Favaloro, PWC

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.
Alden Hathaway, Sterling Planet


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
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.

Jacob Susman, EDF Renewable Energy (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
Jenny Heeter, NREL


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 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.

About Renewable Energy Markets 2016
For over 20 years, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Attracting participants from around the globe who share an interest in and commitment to promoting clean energy, REM remains the only conference of its kind focusing on national and international markets for renewable energy. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this annual meeting of clean energy stakeholders includes generators, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders, and sets the agenda for the year to come.

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