REM 2016 Daily: Tuesday

REM 2016 Daily News and Events: Tuesday

REM 2016 Daily
Tuesday, October 18

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We hope you enjoyed yesterday's sessions, speakers, networking opportunities, and Green Power Party, and are looking forward to an exciting final day of REM 2016.

2016 Green Power Leadership Award Winners. On behalf of CRS and the U.S. EPA, we would like to say congratulations to this year's GPLA winners. Be sure to check out the GPLA website for award listings and watch the 2016 GPLA Winner video.

Green Power Party. Thanks to CleanChoice Energy for hosting last night's Green Power Party at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom. If you have any photos you'd like to share, send them to us and we'll add them to the Green Power Party page on the website.

A few important reminders for today:

1. Start Your Day With a Market Update. Following the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership Breakfast for Renewable Energy Providers, don't miss the market overview and projections about where it's heading in the State of the Markets panel beginning at 9:00 AM in the NextEra Energy Resources Ballroom (Cyril Magnin), following a keynote by CEC Commissioner Karen Douglas. Experts from CRS, LBNL, NREL, and Schneider Electric will offer their perspectives on where we've been and where we're going in the coming year. Don't go in unprepared: bring along your copy of the 2015 Green-e Verification Report, available at Released@REM.

Pssst...stay to the end of the State of the Markets panel for a special announcement!

2. #REM2016 Who have you been meeting, networking with, and learning from at #REM2016? Thanks for helping get the word out about the sessions and conversations you've been having, and be sure to follow us to find out what's happening throughout the conference.

3. The Last Day Is the Next-Best Day to Download the REM Guidebook App. The REM app is the best way for you to navigate today's sessions and side events. 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, search for Renewable Energy Markets 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 from Center for Resource Solutions, and NEO Network, powered by Schneider Electric.

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).

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


Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. FILLMORE

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.

Keynote: Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

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 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.

Jennifer Martin, CRS (Moderator)
Jenny Heeter, NREL
Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
John Hoekstra, Schneider Electric

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MISSION

State Renewable Energy Policy Update

A session about state renewable energy policy, including changes to RPSs and other policies to extend the useful contribution of renewable energy.

Michael O'Boyle, Energy Innovation (Moderator)
Tom Marcello, Thomson/Reuters
Alex Baldassano, GP Energy Management
Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition
Bernice McIntyre, WGL Energy (Services and Systems)


New International Initiatives

In 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.

Orrin Cook, CRS (Moderator)
Marsden Hanna, Google
Marc Stuart, Allotrope NDCIA
Jules Chuang, Mt. Stonegate Green Asset Management


Steal These Ideas: Solar Marketing Success Stories

This 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.

Blair Swezey, SunPower (Moderator)
Brian F. Keane, SmartPower
Tess O'Brien, EnergySage
Jason Sears, Green Mountain Energy Company



1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EMBARCADERO

Community Choice Aggregation (Part II) – Workshop: Getting Started, Key Issues, & Leveraging Innovation

This 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.

Shawn Marshall, Lean Energy (Moderator and Facilitator)
Barry Vesser, Center for Climate Protection (Facilitator)
Jan Pepper, Peninsula Clean Energy (Facilitator)
Dawn Weisz, MCE Clean Energy (Facilitator)
Cathy DeFalco, Lancaster Choice Energy (Facilitator)
Mike Gordon, Westchester Smart Power (Facilitator)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MISSION

Innovative Utility Products

Utilities 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.

Amanda Mortlock, 3Degrees/PacifiCorp (Moderator)
Kerynn Gianotti, PG&E
Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL
Josh Halley, Portland General Electric


Renewable Energy in the Supply Chain

Whether 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.

Melissa Klein, EPA (Moderator)
John Hoekstra, Schneider
Betty Cremmins, CDP
Serena Mau, Autodesk

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. MISSION

Utility Integration of Emerging Storage & Renewables

Learn more about how utilities are building energy storage into their operations, the challenges and successes, and how the customer benefits.

Mark Higgins, Strategen Consulting (Moderator)
Peter Bronski, Panasonic Enterprise
Dan Halperin, PG&E


International Opportunities: Understanding Purchasing Options in the European Union

For 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.

Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates (Moderator)
Jared Braslawsky, RECS International
Line Riise Jensen, Ecohz
Eric Boonman, Statkraft


New Financing Models

Breaking 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.

Blaine Collison, Altenex (Moderator)
Louis-Philippe Lalonde, Ygrene
Lee Taylor, REsurety
Angelin Baskaran, Morgan Stanley
Anish Hariharan, Goldman Sachs

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CYRIL MAGNIN FOYER

Networking Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PG&E PARC (MARKET)

Market Update: India and China

As 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.

Jennifer Martin, CRS (Moderator)
Gireesh Shrimali, Stanford University
Marty Sedler, Intel
Rick Weston, RAP


Renewable Energy Markets and the Clean Power Plan (Part II) – Workshop

A 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.

Todd Jones, CRS (Moderator)

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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