REM 2017 Presentations

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

Chris Kent, U.S. EPA (Moderator)
Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL
Noah Bucon, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)

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

Registration and Exhibitor Floor

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. TRIANON BALLROOM

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


Welcome Address, Keynote & Power Table

Welcome to REM 2017

Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Welcome to New York City

Ellen Zielinski, Director of Clean Energy & Innovation, City of New York


Ralph Izzo


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.

Karl Rábago, Pace Energy and Climate Center (Moderator)
Jay Harf, L'Oréal USA
Courtney McCormick, PSE&G
Shawn Marshall, Lean Energy U.S.

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

Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. BEEKMAN

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.

Karin Corfee, Navigant (Moderator)
Yera Ortiz de Urbina, IRENA
Marcene Broadwater, International Finance Corporation


Renewable Energy Purchasing Syndicates

While the Power Purchase Agreement (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.

Miriam Posner, A Better City (Moderator)
Garrett Sprague, CustomerFirst Renewables
Joe Higgins, MIT
Pam Messenger, Friends of Post Office Square


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.

Eric O'Shaughnessy, NREL (Moderator)
Tyler O'Farrell, Puget Sound Energy
Julie Londo, DTE Energy
Keven Hoopiiaina, Rocky Mountain Power


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. BEEKMAN

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.

Ben Finzel, RenewPR (Moderator)
Kate Colarulli, CleanChoice Energy
Dan Whitten, SEIA
Dan Reicher, Stanford University


Future Visions: Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

The increasing emergence of distributed energy resources has the potential to transform the energy landscape. Come learn about the latest state and federal policies that are contributing to this revolution, as well as future visions for impacts on the energy market.

Erika Diamond, Energy Hub (Moderator)
Allison Clements, goodgrid
Rob Gramlich, Grid Strategies
Jonathan Hart, Center for Sustainable Energy


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 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.

Orrin Cook, CRS (Moderator)
James Lewis, Renewable Choice Energy
Marty Sedler, Intel Corporation
Mark LaCroix, Natural Capital Partners

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

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. BEEKMAN

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.

Rachael Terada, CRS (Moderator & Speaker)
Doug Miller, Rocky Mountain Institute
Alex Anich, NRG


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.

Mark Barnett, Foley Hoag (Moderator)
Jesse Grossman, Soltage
Mike Perna, ConEd
Matt James, Seminole Equity Partners


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 examine issues with a consumer protection lens that protects the buyer, seller, and overall supply chain.

James Critchfield, U.S. EPA, (Moderator and Speaker)
Rick Umoff, SEIA
Maya Kelty, 3Degrees

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

Networking Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. BEEKMAN

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.

Karl Rábago, Pace Climate & Energy Center
Doreen Harris, NYSERDA
Jon Binder, New York State Department of Conservation (DEC)


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.

Tess O'Brien, EnergySage (Moderator)
Duane Bailey, WGL Energy
Chris Barrett, Project Economics


Negotiating PPAs: Workshop

Explore the challenges and opportunities in negotiating Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) from a buyer, seller, and legal perspective. Participants will witness (and be invited to participate in) simulated negotiations on key commercial and project financing terms like curtailment, basis risk, development risk and credit support. We will then discuss the current "market" range of outcomes on each term. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of key negotiation points in these transactions, and hopefully be armed with a broader understanding of the respective parties’ motivations and requirements as well as a few creative solutions.

Workshop Leader
Peter Mostow, WSGR

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. THE MANHATTAN CLUB - 201 West 52nd Street, NYC

Green Power Party at The Manhattan Club at Rosie O'Grady's

Don't miss the view from REM's annual after dark extravaganza—the Green Power Party, brought to us by CleanChoice Energy. Taking place just a short walk from the hotel in the historic Manhattan Club (next to Rosie O'Grady's Saloon), the Green Power Party is the chance to catch up with colleagues and friends over a cocktail and take in the lights of Midtown Manhattan at night.

The Green Power Party is included in your REM registration (please remember your badge at the door), and a limited number of tickets are also being sold at the door. Please note: transportation is not being provided and only light appetizers are being served.

Location: The Manhattan Club (next to Rosie O'Grady's Saloon)
Address: 201 West 52nd Street, NYC (Link)

Please note: there are two Manhattan Clubs in the area, make sure to check the address before arriving.

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

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. BEEKMAN

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.

Welcome, Keynote & State of the Markets

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

John Williams, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, NYSERDA

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.

Blair Swezey, SunPower (Moderator)
Jenny Heeter, NREL
Jeff Deyette, Union of Concerned Scientists
Amy Grace, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

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

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. BEEKMAN

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.

Scott Eidson, 3Degrees (Moderator)
Janu Ramchandani, Track My Electricity
Tom Lindberg, ECOHZ
Vanessa Miler-Fels, Microsoft


The Role & Importance of Additionality for Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement

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.

Todd Jones, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) (Moderator)
Letha Tawney, WRI
Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates
Cindy Quan, Goldman Sachs


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.

Erin Craig, 3Degrees (Moderator)
Jaclyn Webb, Xcel Energy
Heather Mulligan, Puget Sound Energy
Holly Lahd, Target Corporation



1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. BEEKMAN

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 Singapore, Taiwan, and other Asian markets.

Vincent Hoen, Navigant/Ecofys (Moderator)
Yen-Haw Chen, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
Jared Braslawsky, RECS International
Lars Kvale, APX


Higher Education Roundtable

Colleges and universities are helping to lead the way in renewable energy procurement strategies. Join us to learn more about the unique challenges and opportunities for these institutions.

Chris O'Brien, Edison Energy (Moderator)
Michael Macrae, Harvard
Ryan McPherson, University of Buffalo
Sarah Zemanick, Cornell


Community Choice Aggregation

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

Chip Wood, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), (Moderator)
Dan Welsh, Westchester Power
Dorian Moore, Dynegy
Kathy Wells, Lancaster Choice Energy

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BEEKMAN

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.

Jennifer Martin, CRS (Moderator)
Guoxin Xu, National Renewable Energy Information Management Center
Dan Riley, WWF
Xiaoshan Yang, China General Certification


Navigating a Sea of Policy Uncertainty

Policy can always change, but the green energy industry is living in a time of enormous uncertainty. The corporate tax rate could be slashed, restricting the availability of tax equity. Tariffs could be levied on imported solar panels, making PPA prices unworkable. PURPA, an established tool, could face reform or repeal under a newly constituted FERC. How are companies tackling these risks? What are some smart strategies for your business? The panel will include a variety of perspectives from across the industry.

Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas (Moderator)
Gregory Wetstone, ACORE
John Collins, Cube Hydro
Russell Baruffi, Amazon Web Services


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.

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

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EAST CORRIDOR, 2nd FLOOR

Networking Break

4:15 p.m – 5:15 p.m. NASSAU

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?

William Thomas, LevelTen Energy (Moderator)
Craig Schultz, ICF
Miles Farmer, NRDC
Melissa Kemp, Cypress Creek Renewables


The Heightened Meaning of Being a Green Power Leader

In response to several ongoing macro trends in green power, businesses are setting aggressive renewable energy and carbon goals, integrating renewable energy purchasing options into their overarching strategy, and taking public stances on the need for global action on climate change. In this session we will explore the role of businesses’ leadership in green power in this new paradigm. How are leaders integrating renewable energy purchasing into holistic sustainability and energy strategies? How are leaders evolving strategies from renewable energy certificates to direct investments in on- and off-site installations?

Dan Sobrinski, WSP (Moderator)
Kevin Hagen, Iron Mountain
Umesh Goswami, Roche

Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change.