REM 2019 Agenda

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Wednesday September 4, 2019

 
1:15 – 5:00 pm
OFFSITE: Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant

Opened in 1963, the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant treats approximately 175 million gallons of wastewater per day generated in a 450-square-mile area by more than 2.2 million residents. One of the by-products of the wastewater treatment process is methane gas, which is collected at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The methane fuels two continuously running generators that can each produce up to 2,235 kilowatts of electricity. Using the methane produced on site, the Point Loma plant has not only become energy self-sufficient, it is also able to sell excess power it generates to the San Diego energy grid. This tour will walk you through the anaerobic digester process and detail how renewable natural gas helps to generate the facility.

To Register: The cost of the tour is included in your (Full 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.

Attire: Closed-toe walking shoes are required
Transportation: Bus/shuttle will depart at 1:15pm from the Omni hotel lobby.



1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

Voluntary Renewable Energy (RE) 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
Maggie Lund, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Chris Kent, U.S. EPA
Jeff Cook, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

Introduction to the I-REC Standard Workshop

This workshop is intended for those interested in the background and developments related to the International REC Standard and the use of this standard in national REC markets. National REC markets that are adherent to the I-REC Standard rules can be established on a compliance or on a voluntary basis. This development is coordinated with local government authorities or stakeholders. There are currently active REC markets that adhere to the I-REC Standard in more than 25 countries around the world, with more than 14 TWh of certificates having been issued across these markets in 2018. Join us at this workshop to learn more about REC market development around the world and the work of the I-REC Standard.

Speakers
Jared Braslawsky, I-REC Standard Foundation



5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. FOYER

Registration and Exhibitor Floor


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PALM TERRACE

Opening Reception




Join us on the beautiful Palm Terrace to kick off the conference. Feel the ocean breeze and watch the palms sway. Stop in for light refreshments and to network with other conference attendees before the programming begins!


Thursday September 5, 2019

 
8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Floor

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Welcome Address & Power Table
Welcome to REM 2019

Opening Keynotes


Kate Gordon
Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR), State of California
Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of climate change, energy, and economic development. Prior to being appointed Director, she was a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, and was a Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Kendall Helm
Vice President, Customer Operations, SDG&E
Kendall Helm is a PhD economist and the Vice President, Customer Operations at SDG&E. In this capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of acquiring energy and capacity to serve SDG&E customers, including electric generation and resource planning. She was previously Senior Economist for International Affairs and Trade at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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
Ben Finzel, RENEWPR (Moderator)
Jennifer Martin, CRS
Kate Gordon, Governor's Office of Planning & Research
Adam Kramer, Switch
Kendall Helm, SDG&E

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

Renewable Natural Gas: A New Solution for Corporate Energy Procurement

Tracks: RENEWABLE FUELS, MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

While companies with climate commitments reduce their Scope 2 emissions through the purchase of renewable electricity, Scope 1 emissions from the combustion of natural gas have been notoriously more difficult to eliminate. Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a new clean energy option that not only captures fugitive emissions from waste, but it can also offer companies a new way to address Scope 1 emissions. This presentation will look at what exactly RNG is, the types of programs and incentives driving this interest, and discuss some of the key policy and compliance issues associated with developing such projects.

Speakers:
Tanya Peacock, SoCalGas (Moderator)
Buck Endemann, K&L Partners
Ben Gerber, M-RETS
Blaine Collison, David Gardiner and Associates
Tim Pabst, STX Commodities



GALLERY 2

Across Continents: What it Takes to Make and Execute a Global RE100 Commitment

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

Corporate RE100 commitments continue to grow and more companies are looking to find solutions in a variety of geographies globally. Finding credible and impactful renewable energy at a price that makes sense is hard to achieve. This session will tackle power purchase agreements, green tariffs, onsite renewable solutions, battery storage, electric vehicles and more. Come learn about how corporates and governments are thinking through these procurement challenges and opportunities.

Speakers
Kristin Hanczor, The Climate Group (Moderator)
Erin Lawrence, General Motors
Lana Carmichael, Schneider Electric
Rick Freeman


GALLERY 3

Strategies for Achieving 100% Community-Wide RE Goals

Track: COMMUNITY & RESIDENTIAL

Recently, more than 100 cities have established community-wide renewable energy goals. This session will explore how leading cities are taking action to meet aggressive community-wide renewable energy goals and the role of utility solutions in meeting their goals. It will explore procurement strategies, innovations, and key challenges.

Speakers
Lori Bird, WRI
Dan Sobrinski, WSP
Don Bray, Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Errick Thompson, City of Dallas


12:00 p.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. – 2:30 p.m. GALLERY 1

The Evolution of RPS

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS

States aren't just increasing renewable portfolio standard (RPS) targets; they're rethinking RPS. California, New Mexico, and Washington are moving to carbon-free mandates, while many other states are considering similar changes. Massachusetts has adopted a clean peak standard. These and other evolutions and transformations are changing the impact of RPS policy on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and goals. This session will contemplate the future of RPS and the landscape of state and regional renewable energy and carbon policy markets, with new challenges and opportunities.

Speakers
Ali Shajrawi, Karbone (Moderator)
Glenn Blackmon, Washington State
Maya Kelty, 3Degrees
Michael Macrae, Harvard University
Jonathan Brown, Statkraft


GALLERY 2

Voluntary Market Growth in Asia

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

The last few years have seen the emergence of new voluntary market opportunities and initiatives throughout Asia. Multinational corporations (MNCs) are looking to source renewable energy in the region for their own operations as well as increasingly pushing their supply chains. Come learn about regional trends and initiatives, highlighted by developments in Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Speakers
Orrin Cook, CRS (Moderator)
Yen-Haw Chen, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research
Michelle Murphy Rogers, Allotrope Partners
May Liew, SP Group


GALLERY 3

Intersections Between Green Power Customers and EV Customers

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, COMMUNITY & RESIDENTIAL

This session will explore how the customer demographics of participants in existing programs, such as green power programs, compare with those of current electric vehicle (EV) buyers. We’ll review the results of a comparative analysis of green power program participants and electric vehicle owners to assess their similarities and differences and discuss the resulting implications for both utility green power and electric vehicle programs. New initiatives will also be explored, including using green power at EV charging stations.

Speakers
Michael O'Brien, Renewable Northwest (Moderator)
Geoff Bastian, 3Degrees
Elise Benoit, Enel X
Nicole Lewandowski, EVgo

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

The Future of Small-Scale Aggregation Deals

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

As corporate buyers seek solutions to their unique procurement needs, aggregated deals become attractive, flexible solutions. In January 2019, Bloomberg, Cox Enterprises, GAP Inc., Salesforce, and Workday announced an aggregation deal for 42.5 MW of a 100 MW solar project in North Carolina. This innovative deal allowed each member of the consortium to claim similar-sized, small portions of the project. Find out more about this new deal structure and others to come.

Speakers
Josh Kaplan, REBA (Moderator)
Erik Hansen, Workday
Rebecca Sternberg, BayWa
Rob Collier, LevelTen Energy
Michael Barry, Bloomberg

GALLERY 2

Utility and Project Developer Opportunities: Engaging Low Income Communities in Renewable Energy Programs

Track: COMMUNITY & RESIDENTIAL

Community solar programs have been gaining in popularity across the country, and there are new initiatives aimed at reducing barriers for low income community participation in these projects. In addition, locating renewable energy projects in Opportunity Zones can provide compelling tax incentives for project developers. This session will explore opening green power options to low income communities without increasing customer costs, as well as utilities developing partnerships with communities and nonprofits. Customer disclosures, avoiding greenwashing, and appropriate renewable energy usage claims will also be explored.

Speakers
Jenny Heeter, NREL (Moderator)
Patrick Morand, Duane Morris LLP
Charles Vaughan, Southern California Edison
Molly Hoyt, PG&E

GALLERY 3

Clean Transportation Policy: EVs, LCFS, RINs and More

Tracks: RENEWABLE FUELS, POLICY, MARKET TRENDS

The transportation sector now generates the largest share of GHG emissions in the US and an increasing share globally. There are policies specifically aimed at cleaning up the sector, including the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) in California and Oregon, with other states potentially to follow. This session will explain these programs in terms of their effectiveness and how they will interact with and affect other markets and sectors, in particular the voluntary renewable electricity market.

Speakers
William Murtha, Argus Media (Moderator)
Josh Bledsoe, Latham & Watkins, LLP
Steven Eisenberg, SRECTrade
Arpit Soni, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break

4:20 p.m – 4:40 p.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Keynote Address

R. Rex Parris, Mayor, Lancaster, CA
Since his election as mayor in 2008, R. Rex Parris has positioned the City of Lancaster, California as a global leader in sustainability. Combatting climate change through unconventional ideas and innovative partnerships, Mayor Parris’ leadership propelled Lancaster to recently become one of the world’s first Zero-Net Energy Cities, generating more energy than it consumes. In addition to this groundbreaking achievement, Lancaster has been designated Alternative Energy Research Center of Excellence for the State of California.


4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Table Topics

This session will feature informal roundtable discussions with a table lead for each. Groups will rotate after 20 minutes.

Four Keys to Getting a Community Solar Deal Done: Shaun Laughlin, Standard Solar

The Water-Energy Nexus: Peggy Kellen, CRS

Taiwan Case Study: Launching a New RE Tracking System: Kai-Pin Huang, Electronics Testing Center, Taiwan

RE Purchasing Trends in Latin America: Rodrigo Sanchez, Energia-Libre

China: Emerging RE Procurement Opportunities: Rachael Terada, CRS

Renewable Hydrogen & Emerging Alternative Fuels: Bud Beebe, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Ret.)

A Patchwork of Policies: Risks to Regional Progress in the West: Todd Jones, CRS

Uncovering Pathways to Expand RE Deployment in the Southeast: Jeff Cook, NREL and Lauren Bowen, Southern Environmental Law Center

Describing the Impact of RE Procurement: Ed Holt, Ed Holt & Associates

The Latest Risk Mitigation Tools for C&I Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement: Hannah Hunt, REsurety

Procuring Renewables: Onsite vs. Grid: Jerry Dennis, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

California Energy Storage Policy & Market Outlook: Sarah Busch, CESA

5:40 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. FOYER

CleanChoice Energy Reception

Join us for our annual reception sponsored by CleanChoice Energy directly after the Table Topics sessions. We'll enjoy drinks and light appetizers as we reflect on the day. This will be the best chance to catch up with colleagues and friends over a drink and a nosh.


 
8:00 a.m. FOYER

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Floor


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. GALLERY 1

U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership
for Renewable Energy Providers Breakfast

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.

GALLERY 2

Storytelling to Drive Business Objectives Breakfast

The way in which we communicate with our key audience(s) is constantly evolving. This session presents a broad overview of what you need to know about topics such as branding, websites, social media, and both digital and traditional marketing and public relations strategy. You'll learn how to tell a better story in order to drive engagement with your audiences whether they be clients, customers, policymakers, or partner organizations. Q&A to follow.

Speakers
Jay Buys, Visceral
Ben Finzel, RENEWPR

GALLERY 3

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Renewable Energy Industry Breakfast

Join us for a discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry, followed by time for networking. We’ll discuss strategies that work for expanding roles for women and ethnic minorities in the renewable energy field, including challenges and successes of trying to move in this direction with intention and thoughtfulness.

Speakers
Heather Schrock, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
E'Lon Hall, WRISE
Dana Clare Redden, Solar Concierge

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES BALLROOM

Welcome Back, Keynote & State of the Markets

Opening Keynote

Track: RENEWABLE FUELS

Jeff Walker
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
Jeff Walker is vice president of customer solutions for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. He is responsible for developing and delivering the programs, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs.

State of the U.S. 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
Michael Leschke, CRS (Moderator)
Jenny Heeter, NREL
Jeff Deyette, UCS

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FOYER

Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

The Future of the Voluntary Market in the U.S.

Tracks: POLICY, MARKET TRENDS

As RPS targets increase, is the voluntary market as we know it shrinking? What should be the role of the voluntary market and does it need to change? Do we have to choose between being voluntary and avoiding over-procurement? This panel will describe the changing landscape, share experiences and challenges, and discuss these existential questions.

Speakers
James Critchfield, U.S. EPA (Moderator)
Jeff Deyette, UCS
Cynthia Clark, University of California, Office of the President
Heather Mulligan, Puget Sound Energy

GALLERY 2

Corporate PPAs, GOs, and Making an Impact in Europe

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

The European voluntary market continues to develop and faces a number of challenges for market participants from changes in regulation to evaluating impactful alternatives for renewable energy procurement (power and gas). This session with highlight the transitions from RED I to RED II, differences between AIB and non-AIB countries, and how Corporate buyers are addressing their internal goals (Scope1, 2 and 3 emissions) with tools including GOs, PPAs and biomethane certificates.

Speakers
Jos Tuinenburg, RECS International (Moderator)
Wouter Kuipers, ACT Commodities
Adrian Anderson, Google


GALLERY 3

Risk vs. Reward: How Corporates Are Tailoring Structure to Manage Risk

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

The dynamics in the renewable energy market are shifting and project sponsors are increasingly contracting with corporate buyers and other hedge providers as fewer utility deals are available. As this occurs, deal structures are evolving as well. Virtual PPA’s (VPPA’s) and sleeved deals are becoming more prevalent and this results in a different set of risks for all parties to manage. This discussion will explore these trends in detail and tools that are available to mitigate risk.

Speakers
Matt Bogdan, WSGR (Moderator)
Helen Brauner, 7x Energy
Beth Wytias, Bank of America
Dave Samuels, BP


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

Lunch


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

Implications of the New Data Era: Blockchain, Time-Based RECs, and Hourly Load Matching Workshop

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

How are technologies newly introduced into the voluntary renewable energy market helping? Are they? Join us for a discussion of the various approaches being taken and lessons learned to date. We’ll cover new blockchain renewable energy tracking systems, time-based RECs, and hourly load matching and management.

Facilitators
Rachael Terada, CRS
Lars Kvale, APX
Gavin McCormick, WattTime
Duncan McGregor, Power Ledger
Alex Anich, Clearway

GALLERY 2

Evolving Market Trends in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Workshop

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

DER is evolving rapidly as communities grapple with extreme weather events and look to integrate resiliency into their energy resource planning. This workshop will focus on how DER models, such as microgrids and solar+storage, can deliver a stack of services to both customers and other electricity system stakeholders to provide positive net value. Facilitators will lead discussions on the role of policy, technology, and business advancements needed to accelerate market growth and power system resilience.

Facilitators
Sarah Busch, California Energy Storage Alliance
Jonathan Hart, Center for Sustainable Energy
Maggie Alexander, Apparent, Inc.
Patrick Lee, PXISE

GALLERY 3

Social Impact, Renewables, and Corporate Engagement in Fragile Energy Regions Workshop

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, INT'L MARKET DEVELOPMENT

Premium renewable energy products and programs are emerging that allow corporations to demonstrate leadership by supporting renewable energy in markets where the associated environmental and social co-benefits can contribute to transforming the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. For example, in several countries of sub-Saharan Africa and other conflict-affected, climate-vulnerable and energy poor regions, Peace Renewable Energy Credits (PRECs) are a transformative new renewable energy purchase option. This session will discuss the potential for PRECs to provide impactful renewable energy support that contributes to unlocking new renewable investment in some of the least electrified countries in the world.

Facilitators
Chiara Gilbert, South Pole
Sherwin Das, Energy Peace Partners
Jared Braslawsky, I-REC Standard Foundation
Baraka Kasali, Kivu Green Energy

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. FOYER

Networking Break


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. GALLERY 1

New Markets: Scaling Renewable Fuels Workshop

Tracks: RENEWABLE FUELS, MARKET TRENDS, CORPORATE PROCUREMENT

As we embark on our collective journey to a low-carbon economy, renewable fuels are increasingly being viewed as a solution to address greenhouse gas emissions. In this comprehensive workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to join multiple discussions with subject matter experts regarding the various trends in renewable fuels, including: policy and market opportunities, utility and corporate buyers, lessons learned from the renewable electricity market, and a discussion of the developing Green-e™ Renewable Fuels Standard.

Facilitators
Jillian Forte, CRS
David McDougall, 3Degrees
Sam Wade, RNG Coalition
Erica Larson, CenterPoint
Emily O'Connell, American Gas Association
Ken Dragoon, Renewable Hydrogen Alliance

GALLERY 2

Community Choice Energy: Market and Procurement Opportunities Workshop

Tracks: MARKET TRENDS, COMMUNITY & RESIDENTIAL

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs are expanding rapidly across the state of California. We’ll discuss and explore existing and emerging market and procurement barriers, including price volatility, the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA), and long-term PPAs.

Facilitators
Leslie Brown, Peninsula Clean Energy
Nicole Capretz, Climate Action Campaign San Diego
Beth Vaughan, CalCCA
Kathy Wells, City of Lancaster
Natasha Keefer, Clean Power Alliance

Agenda lineup and speakers subject to change.