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  SUNDAY – September 23, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm Opening Night Reception: Sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources
Join us for a night of networking as we kick off the conference.
  MONDAY – September 24, 2012 
7:30am –9:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:00am – 9:15am Renewable Energy 101
An introduction to renewable energy, renewable energy certificates (RECs), and creating credible markets. Perfect for newcomers to the industry or participants that are looking to stay up-to-date. Please note that separate registration is required.

•Session Moderator: Rachael Terada, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Matt Clouse, US EPA – Green Power Partnership
Jenny Heeter, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
9:30am – 10:45am Opening Session

• The Honorable Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of the District of Columbia (invited)
• Jennifer Martin, CRS
• Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Power Table

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

• Session Moderator: Karl Rábago, Rábago Energy LLC
• Miranda Ballentine, Wal-Mart
• Mel Jones, Sterling Planet
Veronique Marier, District Department of the Environment
• Harry Warren, Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc

10:45am – 11:00am Networking Break: Sponsored by Clean Currents
11:00am – 12:00pm Green Buildings and Renewable Energy
Updates to LEED’s green power point and green building market growth opportunities. Motivating tenants and building decision makers.

• Session Moderator: Alex Pennock, Center for Resource Solutions
• Bradford Dockser, Chief Executive Officer, Green Generation Solutions, LLC
Robert Maddox, Sterling Planet
• Randal Stites, Polinger Shannon and Luchs

Making the Business Case for Green Power
Why green power makes sense for businesses. What messages work to move the decision to purchase into the right hands.

• Session Moderator: Alyssa Kagel, Washington Gas Energy Services
• Marty Sedler, Intel Corporation
• Kelly Semrau, SC Johnson
• Keiko Yokoyama, Sony

Utility Roundtable
Discussion with a panel of experts about different situations utilities face. Procurement issues and lessons learned. Using specific renewable resources for both RPS and voluntary programs.

• Session Moderator: Adam Capage, 3Degrees
• Jim Browder, Dominion Virgina Power
• Molly Hoyt, PG&E
• Heather Mulligan, Puget Sound Energy

12:00pm – 1:30pm Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon
Hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). A celebration of leading green power purchasers, green power suppliers, and organizations and individuals for advancing green power markets.
1:45pm – 2:45pm Deepening Market Penetration With Green Power Communities & Strategic Alliances
Facilitating strategic partnerships between cities/municipalities, large institutional energy users and multiple green power suppliers. Green Power Communities as a platform for increasing renewables in both large and small communities.

Session Moderator: Blaine Collison, US EPA - Green Power Partnership
• Josh Halley, Green Mountain Energy Company
• Laura Pagliarulo, Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc
• Brendan Shane, D.C. Department of Environment

Long-term Commitments To Renewables
How can the industry shift to a more sustainable model of long-term contracts and commitments?

• Session Moderator: Rick Anderson, NextEra Energy Resources
• Anthony Amato, ERG
• Trey Gibbs, Sterling Planet
• Yuri Horwitz, Sol Systems
• Thomas Rawls, NativeEnergy

Marketing: Social Media
Why is being social with your customer important? How can you use social media easily and effectively? This session provides tips on building and nurturing a network as well as how to harness digital tools to create effective and engaging campaigns.

• Session Moderator: Tanya Gulnik, Clean Currents
•Brian F. Keane, SmartPower
•Leslie Myers, 3Degrees

2:45pm – 3:00pm Networking Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm Federal Purchases Of Renewable Energy
Market growth opportunities resulting from Executive Order 13514, requiring an increase in federal agency renewable energy use. Perspectives and guidance from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), and the General Services Administration (GSA).

• Session Moderator: Jeff Deyette, Union of Concerned Scientists
Anne Crawley, DOE FEMP

Purchaser Spotlight
High-level purchasers share their experiences and reasons for purchasing renewable energy.

• Session Moderator: Alden Hathaway, Sterling Planet
• Steve Depalo, McDonald's
Jack Groh, NFL
• Melissa Stevens, Mohawk Paper
• Bob Valair, Staples

Hospitality: Green Hotels, Green Meetings, Green Power
How hotels and the hospitality sector are greening their operations through the use of renewable energy. How sustainable business practices can reduce environmental impacts and increase customer satisfaction

• Session Moderator: Randy Swisher, CRS Board member
Linda Beltran, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Denise Naguib, Marriott International, Inc.

4:00pm – 4:15pm Networking Break
4:15pm – 5:30pm The Nexus Between Electric Vehicles (EVs) And Renewable Energy
How is the current generation of EV manufacturers and charging stations taking advantage of the availability of renewable energy to provide drivers with an emissions-free driving experience? Opportunities for utilities and REC marketers.

• Session Moderator: Shay Ohrel, Green Mountain Energy Company
• Robert Healey, BMW
• Phil Ovitt, NRG Energy
• Karl Rábago, Rábago Energy LLC
• Brady Radovich, SolarCity

Purchaser Recognition Programs
Learn about existing and upcoming recognition programs such as Green-e Marketplace, EPA's Green Power Partnership, and B Corporation.

Session Moderator: Lori Bird, NREL
• Orrin Cook, Center for Resource Solutions
Mollie Lemon, U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership
Heather Van Dusen, B Lab

Regional Market Spotlight: DC Metro And PJM
Policy, pricing, and financing issues. An overview of market trends, drivers, barriers, and impacts. Case studies on sourcing and supply as well as wholesale and broker issues.

• Session Moderator: Ryan Cook, Clear Energy Brokerage & Consulting LLC
• Kevin Anderson, Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc
• George Ashton, Sol Systems
• Ben Foster, Optony Inc
• Kevin Quilliam, SRECTrade

7:00pm – 9:00pm Green Power Party
Sponsored by Washington Gas Energy Services
Join in on a great time with friends and colleagues!

  TUESDAY – September 25, 2012
8:00am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am Green-e Breakfast
If you are a current Green-e participant or would like to learn more about the Green-e programs from staff, please join us for an informal breakfast.
9:00am – 10:00am State of the Markets
An inside look at the state of voluntary renewable energy markets and state renewable portfolio standards. Projections of where these markets are headed.

Moderator: Jennifer Martin, Center for Resource Solutions
Lori Bird, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates, Inc.
Elizabeth Salerno, American Wind Energy Association
10:00am – 10:15am Networking Break
10:15am – 11:15am Behavior, Environmental Decision-making, & Communicating Climate Change
How to talk to consumers about renewable energy and climate change. Consumer perceptions of climate change. Communicating effectively while maintaining transparency.

• Session Moderator: Melissa Adams, Washington Gas
Jay Carlis, Community Energy, Inc.
Kathy Kuntz, Cool Choices
Katie Ryan, Green Mountain Energy Company

Green Power Policy Updates and Developments
Policy updates that affect the voluntary renewable energy market. Learn the latest on GHG Accounting guidelines, biomass eligibility for green power, the Dodd Frank act, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

• Session Moderator: Matt Clouse, US EPA - Green Power Partnership
• Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates, Inc.
Robin Quarrier, Center for Resource Solutions
Mary Sotos, WRI

11:15am – 11:30am Networking Break
11:30am – 12:30pm Markets and Trading: Regional Perspectives
An overview of market trends, drivers, barriers, and impacts. Insights into markets in California and the Midwest. Impacts of natural gas pricing on renewables.

• Session Moderator: Paul R. MacGregor, Nexant
• Scott Eidson, 3Degrees
Deb Erwin, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.
Daniel Seif, Rocky Mountain Institute

Maintaining And Growing Utility Green Power Programs
How to go beyond the basics to market, build and maintain a successful green pricing program

• Session Moderator: Anne Blair, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
• Robert Heinrich, Data Marketing Inc
• Steve Mudd, Xcel Energy
• Jenny Wright, Tennessee Valley Authority

The Intersection of Renewable Fuel Credits and RECs
Discussions on how renewable generators might be eligible to receive RINs under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Impacts in the renewable energy industry. Lessons learned in the RECs market that can be applied to the emerging market for RINs.

Session Moderator: Matt Clouse, US EPA - Green Power Partnership
• Vince Camobreco, US EPA
Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Thomson Reuters

12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
Please join us for engaging keynote addresses by Holmes Hummel and Nancy Sutley.

Holmes Hummel
Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy & International Affairs

Nancy Sutley
Chair, Council on Environmental Quality

2:00pm – 3:00pm International Voluntary Renewable Energy Buyers
How to maintain voluntary renewable energy purchase integrity in different markets. A focus on global corporations that purchase renewable energy, and the claims they make about their purchases.

• Session Moderator: Lars Kvale, APX, Inc.
Jared Braslawsky, RECS International
• Jen Derstine, U.S. Department of Commerce
• Phillip C. Adviento, Philippine Electricity Market Corporation

Green Marketing: Customer Trends And Profiles
An overview of today's green power customers. Trends on consumer perceptions of renewable energy and climate change.

• Session Moderator: Rick Anderson, NextEra Energy Resources
• Meg Denney, Community Energy
• Ashley Paterson, 3Degrees
• Richard Walsh, Sterling Planet

2:45pm – 5:00pm Higher Education Workgroup
More than 675 institutions of higher education have signed-on to be a Climate Neutral Campus. Many campuses have jumped in feet first and are well on the way to achieving their goal, but some campuses have still to make the first move. The Higher Education Workgroup will bring together campuses from both ends of the spectrum with the suppliers of renewable energy to discuss what can be done to bring more campuses up-to-speed, what has/hasn't worked so far, and what each party needs to hear to get the commitment moving forward.

Space is limited to the first 20 Higher Education Institutions and the first 20 sellers of renewable energy. Only one person per organization may attend.

The Higher Education Workgroup is presented by the Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference (REM) 2012. Pre-registration is required.
3:00pm – 3:15pm Networking Break
3:15pm – 4:15pm Communities: Building Renewable Energy from the Ground Up
Strategies and case studies for communities that are interested in green power. Procurement strategies, community choice aggregation (CCA), crowdfunded programs, partnerships with utilities, and reverse auctions.

Session Moderator: Jenny Heeter, NREL
• Brian F. Keane, SmartPower
• Veronique Marier, D.C. Department of Environment
• Andy Noel, REC Solar Inc.

Commercial And Industrial Opportunities
How to use commercial and industrial data to increase participation in utility programs.

• Session Moderator: Dan Lieberman, 3Degrees
• Adele Bihn, DMI
Leslie Brazeau, Seattle City Light (SCL)
Liz Jambor, Austin Energy