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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Thursday November 5th, 2015

8:00am  Registration & morning refreshments
8:45am  Opening remarks
9:00am  Keynote Addresses
9:45am  Session 1: Renewable Energy in the West: The Newest "Conventional" Energy Source
As states meet and exceed their renewable energy generation targets, and existing coal and nuclear plants are retired or shut down, a new energy landscape has emerged in the West. This session will illuminate what investors and developers need to know to play a role in this new marketplace.
  • State RPS policies have largely succeeded but need reinvigoration. What is the next-generation state policy signal that will ensure reliable, resilient and affordable power? 
  • How will EPA Clean Power Plan targets affect western states’ adoption of renewables?
  • How are the diverse generation profiles of renewables revolutionizing how electricity is managed and delivered?
  • Growth prospects for the market in 2016
  • The role of the Pacific Rim in renewable energy technology development and financing
  1. Marc Peterson, Executive, Regional Sales, Renewables, GE Power & Water
10:45am  Morning refreshment and networking break
11:15am  Session 2: Driving Demand for Renewables With & Without Federal Policy
The renewable energy industry is facing continued policy uncertainty and a potential future of reduced federal support. New innovative financing structures have emerged to help bridge the gap. As renewables markets mature, will this be enough to continue driving demand in western states? 
  • What is the projected impact on solar investment in the short and long term if the ITC is adjusted or not extended? 
  • How are western wind energy markets behaving without the PTC?
  • What policies are needed for further development of hydropower, geothermal, bioenergy, ocean and waste energy systems?
  • How will current tax equity structures be affected?
  1. Moderator: Joe Desmond, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Brightsource Energy
  2. Timothy Kemper , CPA, Partner, Renewable Energy Industry Practice Co-National Director, CohnRenzick
  3. Dan Adler , Vice President of Policy, Energy Foundation
  4. Scott Graybeal, Senior Vice President, Energy Infrastructure Segment, Flextronics

12:15pm  Lunch
1:30pm  Fireside Chat
Ira Ehrenpreis , Managing Partner, DBL Partners , investor and board member of several exciting energy innovation companies, will host a Fireside Chat with David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy and Mateo Jaramillo, Director of Tesla Energy, Tesla Motors.

2:45pm  Afternoon refreshments & networking break
3:00pm  Session 4: Expanding Capital Markets: Financing Rapid Growth 
A panel of top financial institutions will debate how the financial landscape has changed over the last twelve months and explore what to expect from the market moving forward, including in the West.

  • Tax equity, yieldcos, green bonds, MLPs, REITs, securitization: how do these compare as financing methods for renewables? 
  • How are financiers valuing innovative technologies like storage and smart grids?
  • Looking ahead at how the financing landscape is expected to change in the next 12 months
  1. Moderator: Chris Radtke , Managing Director, Credit Suisse
  2. Mike Eckhart , Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup
  3. Skip Grow , Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

4:15pm  Session 5: Financing Integrated Energy Systems

The western U.S. is leading the development and adoption of energy storage and advanced grid technologies to maximize the efficiency of renewable energy generation. As these technologies approach commercialization, what can investors and others expect upon entering this marketplace? 
  • Who are the most promising commercial and utility-scale storage and ancillary service companies to watch?
  • How successful is the CPUC storage feed-in tariff, what have we learned so far and what else should be considered to facilitate storage development?
  • Military adoption of storage and microgrid technologies for energy resiliency: what are the private-sector opportunities?
  • To what extent can storage projects be financed through non-recourse project finance?
  • What financial mechanisms can be used to finance integrated energy systems?
  1. Brian Carey , US Cleantech Advisory Leader, PwC
  2. Darren Van't Hof, Director of Renewable Energy Investments, US Bank 

5:00pm  Closing remarks followed by evening reception

Day 2: Friday November 6th, 2015

8:15am Morning refreshments 8:45am Opening remarks 8:50am Keynote addresses 9:40am Session 6: The Western Water Crisis: Renewable Energy’s Role in Smarter Resource Use Constrained water resources in the West will have tremendous effects on health, economic stability, and environmental security. Renewables will play an essential role in future resource planning. This panel will examine the necessity of factoring water savings into the value of energy projects.

  1. Moderator: Dan Reicher, Interim President & CEO; Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; ACORE
  2. Jeffrey Mount , Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
  3. Catherine Sandoval, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

10:10am Session 7: The Transformation of Western Transportation Markets Western states, especially California, are serving as important case studies for the rapid build out of electric vehicles. This session will examine policy and financing issues related to infrastructure development and discuss how to properly integrate renewables.

  • What are appropriate business model(s) for the owning and operating of EV charging infrastructure?
  • What is the responsibility and role of various stakeholders in financing EV infrastructure including utilities, EV and hydrogen vehicle manufacturers, charging providers, retail store owners and government entities?
  • What are the specific financial tools and partnerships that could accelerate this financing?
  • What role does policy and finance play in increasing the amount of EV charging stations powered by renewable energy?
  1. Puon A. Penn , Executive Vice President, Technology & Venture Banking, Wells Fargo
  2. Michael Krauthamer, National Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, NRG Evgo
  3. Craig Scott, National Manager, Advanced Technologies Group, Toyota Motor Sales

11:10am Morning refreshment & networking break 11:40am Session 8: Financing Middle-Market Renewable Energy The middle market represents an opportunity (and challenge) for investors to take advantage of an expanding class of renewable energy assets. How can investors benefit from the rapid growth in this area?

  • What is the risk and return profile for projects in the middle market?
  • What are the best strategies to leverage tax equity and debt finance in middle market investments?
  • How can investors take advantage of rapid growth in this area?
  • What are the best strategies to mitigate costs and enhance returns on middle market projects?
  1. Moderator: Kerri Fox, Managing Director & Head, Project Finance North America, BBVA
  2. Co-Moderator: Izzet Bensusan , Founder & CEO, Karbone
  3. Chris Diaz , Senior Vice President, Renewable Energy, Seminole Financial Services
  4. Travis Bryan, Chief Operating Officer, OneEnergy Renewables
  5. Dick Rai, Manager, PNC Energy Capital
  6. Christian Fong, Chief Financial Officer, Renewable Energy Trust Capital

12:40pm Lunch 2:00pm Session 9: Corporate Purchasers: The Most Important New Customers? Leading Fortune 500 companies are procuring renewables to hedge against rising energy costs, ensure reliable and resilient power, and support sustainability objectives. This session will explore financing, policy, and other issues related to greater generation in support of corporate interests.

  • What are the optimal contracting and financing options to increase renewable energy use?
  • What are the key policy issues affecting procurement and what are effective strategies to improve the bottom line and lower energy costs?
  • How can renewable energy credits be designed to optimize procurement and company sustainability objectives?
  • How can renewable energy be delivered to ensure reliable and resilient power for critical functions at information data centers?
  1. Peter Freed, Data Center Energy Program Manager, Facebook
  2. Rick Needham, Director, Energy & Sustainability, Google 

3:00pm Afternoon refreshment & networking break 3:30pm Session 10: Are Yieldcos the New Normal or Just a Bubble? Perspectives from renewable energy developers, investors, and analysts
The use of private and tax equity financing remains central to the growth of renewables. Yieldcos have emerged as an appealing solution to drive down the cost of capital and attract a new set of investors. This session will discuss the successes and challenges that yieldcos face as more emerge.

  • Do we need MLP applicability?
  • What impact will rising interest rates have on the yieldco business model?
  • How yieldcos are consolidating US renewable ownership and what that means
  • Is there a concern among industry players about market saturation? How much investor demand is there for yieldcos?
  • Is there an asset price bubble forming as yieldcos look to third parties to acquire assets?
  1. Ted Brandt , Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Capital
  2. Matt Ptak, Director, BlackRock Infrastructure Investment Group

4:30pm Session 11: Think Tank: Western Power Market Expansion This think tank will gather thought leaders to debate and discuss frameworks for how to integrate increasing renewable energy generation across a larger geographic area in the West.

  • Integrating the balancing authority areas of PacifiCorp, NV Energy, Puget Sound Energy, and other utilities into CAISO’s market
  • What investment opportunities will emerge?
  • Interstate transmission of renewable generation from resource areas to demand centers; building out markets in Wyoming and Idaho
  • Solving the challenge of intermittency at scale through regional collaboration
  1. Jon Wellinghoff , Partner, Stoel Rives
  2. Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  3. Angelina Galiteva, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator
  4. Jonathan Weisenthall, Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Berkshire Hathaway
  5. Rebecca Wagner, Chair, EIM Transitional Committee

5:30pm Closing remarks followed by close of conference