REM 2018 Agenda

Tuesday October 9, 2018

First tour 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Second tour 4:00-5:30 pm
OFFSITE: Allen's Landing, 1001 Commerce Street, Houston

Houston Historical Tour Events

Cruise the Bayou with a local historian and author, who will take you back to the late 1800s when Houston was founded. Our guide will share stories and provide historical information about the people, places and events along the bayou that helped shape modern Houston.

NOTE: A second tour has been added and is also limited to 21 and will be booked on a first-come first-served basis. Transportation will not be provided. Please meet at the dock at least 15 minutes prior to check in.

To Register: The tour is free, the cost is included in the cost of your conference registration. However, advance registration is required due to limited capacity. To register for the tour, simply select the session during the REM online registration process. If you've already registered for REM, you can still add the tour. You'll need your confirmation number to access and update your registration.

The tours could be cancelled depending on the weather. We will keep you posted.




2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. LIBERTY

Introduction to the I-REC Standard

The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) is a non-profit organization that provides a robust attribute tracking standards for use by national issuers around the world. Based upon the I-REC Standard codes and associated documents – the blueprints for the attribute tracking standard – these independent national issuers are able to implement robust and transparent attribute tracking systems, ensuring the highest quality and adherence to best practices for the avoidance of double counting, double certificate issuance and double attribute claiming. How the standard works and its implications for national markets will be reviewed in this workshop. The workshop is intended for those interested in market development, international renewables sourcing or international REC policy development.

Speakers

Jared Braslawsky, I-REC Standard
Maria de la Cruz, I-REC Standard
Chris Pooley, Pure Energi



5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. FOYER

Registration and Exhibitor Floor


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. HARRIS BALLROOM

Opening Night Reception




Join us in the Harris Ballroom overlooking Houston's beautiful Discovery Green to kick off the conference. Stop in for light refreshments and to network with other conference attendees before the programming begins!



Wednesday October 10, 2018

8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor


8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. HOUSTON 1

Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets 101 Workshop

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

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Welcome Address & Power Table


Welcome to REM 2018

Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Welcome to Houston

Lara Cottingham, Deputy Assistant Director
City of Houston Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department

Power Table

Don't miss this lively and informative conversation by major players regarding the highly dynamic landscape for renewable energy markets and market growth opportunities.

Speakers
Karl Rábago, Pace Energy and Climate Center (Moderator)
David Hughes, Schneider Electric
Mary Sotos, State of Connecticut
Adrian Anderson, Google

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. HOUSTON 1

Drivers of Voluntary Demand

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET TRENDS

The voluntary market is one of the most complex and dynamic sources of renewable energy demand in the world. This presentation will focus on how recent trends in the regulatory, development, voluntary and compliance spaces are shaping the North American demand for renewable energy and how fundamentals drive renewable energy pricing at both the national and regional levels.

Speakers
Maura Yates, Mothership Energy Group (Moderator)
Brooke Malik, 3Degrees
Helen Brauner, 7x Energy
Patrick Pfeiffer, Statkraft
Gary Cunningham, Tradition Energy
Adiytha Dahagama, Port of Houston

HOUSTON 2

Storage and Renewables: Policy and Market Trends

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET TRENDS

Storage is widely viewed as a critical solution to accelerating renewable energy deployment--helping grid operators and policymakers integrate higher penetrations of renewable resources and balance these sources with evolving load curves. This session will explore policy solutions and market trends that are helping energy storage play an essential market expansion role for renewable energy, and how these developments may affect renewable energy markets.

Speakers
Todd Jones, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Anissa Dehamna, Navigant
Rob Gramlich, Grid Strategies, LLC
Colleen Nash, ConnectGen LLC

HOUSTON 3

Scaling Up Solar

Tracks: POLICY, COMMUNITY, ESP & UTILITY

Just a few years ago there were only question marks but now it’s here to stay. Learn from the “veterans” as well as those just beginning in this fascinating story of profound and lasting change in the electricity market.

Speakers
Steven Eisenberg, SRECTrade (Moderator)
Tom Hunt, Clean Energy Collective
Wade Hughes, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Eva Molnar, Southern California Edison (SCE)
Matt Beasley, Silicon Ranch

11:45 a.m – 1:30 p.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM



Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon

Join us as we honor the inspirational leadership of green power purchasers, suppliers, organizations and individuals who are advancing green power markets. Awards will be presented by the U.S. EPA and Center for Resource Solutions.
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break


1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Structural Options for Procurement through Utilities & Communities

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, COMMUNITY, ESP & UTILITY, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

This panel will focus on structuring and financing options that best reach renewable energy goals consistent with corporate buyers’ risk tolerance. How do buyers navigate their choices? Which structure offers the most promise to meet the “typical” non-Google corporate off taker’s risk/reward profile? What options do utilities provide?How does a buyer procure an end-to-end energy solution that covers all the bases?

Speakers
Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas (Moderator)
Ryan Matley, Xcel Energy
Emily Williams, Edison Energy

HOUSTON 2

Innovative Partnerships for Community Impact

Tracks: COMMUNITY, ESP & UTILITY

In addition to working toward the shared goal of increasing community renewables, these unique collaborations are amplifying the co-benefits of renewable energy and seizing the opportunity to transform their communities. Our panelists will tell their tales of innovative partnerships from all over the US and how they are using renewable energy to accelerate additional social, economic, and environmental commitments. This discussion surrounds cross-sector partnerships between utility, CCA, competitive electricity, and nonprofit organizations creating change at the local level with renewable energy.

Speakers
Jillian Forte, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) (Moderator)
Yaima Braga, Green Energy Consumers Alliance
Justin Kudo, MCE (Marin Clean Energy)
Heather Schrock, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)

HOUSTON 3

Case Studies in Market Development

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET TRENDS

From regulated utilities to refugee camps, it can be a challenge to advance renewable energy projects and create the necessary environment for markets to grow. This panel will highlight lessons learned from Taiwan, Lebanon, UN Refugee Camps, and other regions globally.

Speakers
Orrin Cook, CRS (Moderator)
Zeyd Tabbara, BGC Environmental Brokerage Services, LP
Dave Mozersky, Energy Peace Partners
Yen-Lin Chen, Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification Center (T-REC)

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

State Policy & Voluntary Markets

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS

Regulators and regulatory policy experts will describe some of the most important developments in state renewable energy and carbon policy. They will also discuss how these changes are affecting customer claims and impact in the voluntary renewable energy market, and likewise how changing perceptions of voluntary action are affecting state policy.

Speakers
Heather O'Neill, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) (Moderator)
Glenn Blackmon, Washington Department of Commerce
Mary Sotos, State of Connecticut
Maya Kelty, 3Degrees

HOUSTON 2

Advancing Supply Chain Strategies in Asia

Tracks: CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET TRENDS

Renewable energy commitments continue to grow for corporations' owned and operated facilities and are now expanding to include their supply chains. This panel will examine the emerging opportunities for companies to advance renewable energy procurement among their Asian suppliers.

Speakers
George Hodge, CDP
Yen-Haw Chen, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
Santosh Singh, South Pole



HOUSTON 3

Buyer Beware: Different States, Different Purchasing Opportunities

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT POLICY, COMMUNITY, ESP & UTILITY

This panel will start by looking broadly at corporate renewable energy demand, both historically and in terms of evolving trends. Noting the patchwork of wholesale and retail regulation and deregulation in the U.S., the panel will then explore whether corporate purchases are being driven locationally by factors internal to buyers and by the proximity of buyer load to wind and solar resources, or rather by regulatory realities. We’ll touch on the challenges and opportunities presented by the variations in regional energy markets, and will focus on promising trends in previously underserved markets. Buyers will want to attend this panel if they are thinking about evaluating different regional markets, about versatility and diversity in their portfolios, and about identifying and responding to the potential for risk and volatility in the future.

Speakers
Peter Mostow, WSGR (Moderator)
Jeff Cook, NREL
Rachael Terada, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Risa Edelman, U.S. EPA


4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Texas Market Spotlight

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

This session puts Texas policy, trading activity, pricing for renewables in ERCOT and impacts for deregulated states in the spotlight. It will include an overview of market trends, drivers, and barriers. Panelists will delve into supply and demand fundamentals in the ERCOT market and legislative/regulatory changes that may impact pricing.

Speakers
Steve Krebs, CRS Board (Moderator)
Steven Batchelder, NRG
Tuan Pham, PowerFin Partners
Vanessa Tutos, EDPR

HOUSTON 2

Measuring Impact in the Voluntary Markets

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

Making a difference and maximizing impact—on renewable energy production, GHG emissions, renewable energy purchasing options, and other goals—is a primary concern for many corporate buyers of renewable energy. Thought leaders and market experts in this session will explore perspectives on impact and its different dimensions, how buyers and sellers can measure and communicate impact, the relationship between impact and different purchasing options, and the implications of different definitions of impact on overall demand and access to renewable energy.

Speakers
Todd Jones, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) (Moderator)
Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates
James Critchfield, U.S. EPA
Shannon Ames, Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI)

HOUSTON 3

Market Trends in Mexico & South America

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET TRENDS

This panel will assess the current state of renewable energy procurement in Mexico and South America, and how forthcoming policy changes may reshape the renewable energy landscape in those regions.

Speakers
Kory Trapp, Carbon Solutions (Moderator)
Julian Gibson, Enel
Fernando Lopes, Instituto Totum
Paola Del Rio, First Climate



7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Green Power Party at Sambuca Houston

Don't miss REM's annual extravaganza after dark—the Green Power Party, brought to us again this year by CleanChoice Energy. Taking place in an elegant street-level space in the historic Rice Hotel, this year's Green Power Party is just a short distance from the hotel in the heart of Houston's exciting downtown. The Green Power Party is the best chance to catch up with colleagues and friends over a cocktail and enjoy the great city of Houston.

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: Buses will run round trip between the hotel and the restaurant beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 10:30pm. They will pick up passengers at the Crawford Street entrance of the hotel. Only light appetizers are being served.

Location: Sambuca Houston
Address: 909 Texas Avenue, Houston (Link)

 
8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Floor


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. HOUSTON 1

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. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Welcome, Keynote & State of the Markets

Welcome Back to REM 2018
Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, CRS

Keynote
Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston
We are thrilled to welcome Mayor Turner to hear about the tremendous work the city has undertaken to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey, as well as establish itself as one of the nation's leading municipal purchasers of clean energy. Mayor Turner’s civic leadership has been nationally recognized through his service as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communications Standing Committee, vice chair of the National Climate Action Agenda, member of the C40 and Global Covenant for Mayor’s for Climate and Energy and an advisory board member of the African American Mayors Association.

State of the Markets

Get an inside look at the state of U.S. voluntary renewable energy markets and state renewable portfolio standards leveraging the latest data. Our expert panelists will provide their insights into where these markets are heading.

Speakers
Jennifer Martin, CRS (Moderator)
Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Eric O'Shaughnessy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Communicating About the Hard Stuff: Renewable Energy & Storage Technologies, Finance and Products

This interactive panel will provide real-world advice on ways renewable energy businesses and advocates can tackle communications about the most challenging aspects of the industry, including technology, financing and products. With panelists from a leading energy storage company, a leading renewable energy finance firm and a leading environmental and energy marketing firm, this panel will include case studies and Q&A with the audience.

Speakers
Ben Finzel, RENEWPR (Moderator)
Polly Shaw, Stem, Inc.
Tom Weirich, Rubicon Infrastructure Advisors
Jim Krane, Rice University

HOUSTON 2

Corporate PPAs 2.0: New Options for Corporate Procurement

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET TRENDS

This panel will discuss the current options among state-of-the-art corporate PPAs, whether in terms of VPPA structure or VPPA terms. It will explore risk management strategies, as well as techniques for sizing the buy. We’ll also explore the plusses and minuses of buyer alternatives to offtake, ranging from direct ownership to tax equity, and the implications of investing in new technologies like storage, fuel cells, and microgrids.

Speakers
Ally Charlton, Schneider Electric (Moderator)
Bryce Smith, LevelTen Energy
Thomas Greer, EDPR
Chad Wilkerson, T-Mobile US

HOUSTON 3

Local Renewable Energy Leadership & Resilience

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS, COMMUNITY, ESP & UTILITY, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

As our dependence on electricity continues to grow, the security, reliability, and resilience of the electric grid becomes even more critical to all involved. This panel will feature local leaders discussing emerging climate, weather, and other challenges facing the energy industry and how institutions, technologies and markets are shifting to respond.

Speakers
Jaclynn Lukach, PJM-EIS (Moderator)
Lara Cottingham, City of Houston
Danita Park, NRG



12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Lunch


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Getting a Deal Done Workshop: Challenges & Opportunities

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS, COMMUNITY, ESP & UTILITY, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET DEVELOPMENT

This workshop will offer 4-5 potential solutions to choosing renewable energy supply. Each table leader will host a break-out table to discuss their “unique” type of solution, and the challenges surmounted, solutions chosen/discarded, and any regrets or unexpected plusses found after the close of the deal. Each participant can rotate through two tables to discuss that solution and ask questions.

Speakers
Dan Sobrinski, WSP (Moderator)
Jay Harf, L'Oreal
Beth Wytiaz, Bank of America
Gloriamar Gamez Menendez, Dow


HOUSTON 2

Market Opportunities and Barriers to Renewable Thermal Workshop

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET DEVELOPMENT

This workshop will feature discussions on thermal energy usage claims, accounting, tracking, and tradability. What deals and programs are happening? What claims can and should be made?

Speakers
Chip Wood, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)(Moderator)
Randy Lack, Element Markets LLC
James R. Hewett, David Gardiner & Associates
Rebecca Smith, Oregon Department of Energy
Thomas Murray, Vermont Gas

HOUSTON 3

Market Instruments & Sustainable Development Workshop

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, INT'L MARKET DEVELOPMENT

The United Nations has identified affordable and clean energy as a key tenet for global sustainable development. Join this workshop to help explore how innovative market instruments, reporting frameworks, and recognition tools can create new opportunities for markets to support clean energy development globally.

Facilitators
Andrew Morton, UN Electric (Moderator)
Bernardo Lazo, Gold Standard
Soledad Mills, Equitable Origin
Maria de la Cruz, The International REC Standard

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. HOUSTON 1

Blockchain for Renewable Energy Markets Workshop

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT, INT'L MARKET DEVELOPMENT

Providers of products and services related to this technology are proliferating. This discussion-based workshop will focus on the renewables market and policy implications from various stakeholder perspectives. How does it help with decision making? How does it drive demand for renewables? What are the different approaches companies are taking?

Facilitators
Buck Endemann, K&L Gates (Moderator)
Scott Eidson, 3Degrees
Benjamin Gerber, M-RETS
Rebecca Smith, ODOE
Kristen Brown, Exelon
Douglas Miller, Energy Web Foundation (EWF)

HOUSTON 2

The Utility of the Future Is Here Workshop

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, COMMUNITY, ESP & UTILITY

Peer to peer discussion regarding shared challenges and opportunities with particular emphasis on the key trends shaping the evolution of utility programs ranging from program design to marketing to suites of offerings designed for each customer segment.

Facilitators
Amanda Mortlock, 3Degrees (Moderator)
Tyler O'Farrell, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
Robin Cunningham, WGL Energy
Tess O'Brien, EnergySage
Herb Marshall, Silicon Valley Power (SVP)

Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change.