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Agenda Overview

Pre-Conference Welcome Reception: Monday, June 20th 2016

6:30 - 8:30pm Museum Room, Grand Hyatt Hotel Join us at the REFF Wall Street welcome reception, hosted at the  Museum Room at the Grand Hyatt for an evening of drinks and discussions. Take advantage of the opportunity to make strategic contacts before the conference begins.

Day One: Tuesday June 21st, 2016

7:30am Registration & Breakfast Sponsored by Marathon Capital 8:45am Welcome & Opening Remarks 9:45am Session 1: Investor Outlook: Financing Growth Hear directly from dealmakers at investment banks and boutique firms about key market dynamics, the cost of capital, trends in M&A, and impacts on renewable energy finance and growth.

  1. Moderator: Ray Wood , Managing Director - Head of Global Power & Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  2. Skip Grow , Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  3. Brad Nordholm , CEO & Managing Director, Starwood Energy Global Group
  4. Ted Brandt , Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Capital

11:00am Morning Refreshment & Networking Break 11:30am Session 2: Trends in Financing Projects in the Wake of a Historic Tax Extension The multi-year extensions of the PTC and ITC have provided the wind and solar energy sectors with stable, long-term policy support, replenishing project pipelines and significantly increasing demand for tax equity. But the new tax law raises important questions about financing projects. Hear from the experts about the adequacy of tax equity to support the expected increase in project development, the implications of Treasury Department guidance, and how the scheduled tax credit phase-downs will affect equity investment.

  1. Moderator: Keith Martin , Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  2. John Eber , Managing Director and Head of Energy Investments, J.P. Morgan
  3. Adam Altenhofen , Vice President – Renewable Energy Investment Originations, US Bank
  4. Hannah Hawkins , Attorney Advisor, Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  5. Jonathan Stark , Managing Director, Origination, GE Energy Financial Services
  6. Pooja Goyal, Managing Director, Energy Investing in Growth Equity, Debt & Project Finance, Goldman Sachs 

12:30pm Lunch 2:00pm Session 3: Fireside Chat: Financing Storage & Integration This fireside chat will address key opportunities and challenges involved in financing storage, infrastructure, communications technology and other approaches to accommodate growing penetration of renewable energy in the electric grid.

  1. Moderator: Ira Ehrenpreis , Managing Partner, DBL Partners
  2. Jim Rogers , Chairman, Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc .
  3. Susan Kennedy , Founder & CEO, Advanced Microgrid Holdings
  4. Lynn Orr , Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

2:45pm Session 4: Financing Distributed Generation – Shifting Policy and Economics? Residential solar has seen impressive growth, but models are shifting as battles brew over net metering and power markets evolve. Investors and developers will address how improving economics and market developments are affecting the availability of investment capital for this evolving market, as well as the role for securitization, C-PACE, and other finance mechanisms.

  1. Moderator: Ed Zaelke , Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  2. Jamie Evans , Managing Director, Panasonic Eco Solutions
  3. Yuri Horwitz, Chief Executive Officer, Solsystems
  4. Albert Luu, Vice President, Structured Finance, SolarCity
  5. Christopher Radtke, Managing Director, Investment Banking and Capital markets, Power, Gas and Renewables, Credit Suisse 

3:45pm Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Break 4:15pm Session 5: Financing Corporate Procurement Many of the nation’s largest companies are employing a variety of financial tools to procure and invest in renewables, including physical and virtual PPAs and using their own balance sheets to invest in debt, equity, and recently, green bonds. Leading corporate consumers, developers, and investors will discuss strategies for financing this growing trend, and implications for the market.

  1. Moderator: Shalini Ramanathan , Vice President, Origination, RES Americas
  2. Erin Decker , Senior Director of Strategic Renewables, Renewable Choice Energy
  3. Rick Needham, Director, Energy & Sustainability, Google
  4. Chris Moore, Partner, Orrick 

5:15pm Chairperson's closing remarks followed by cocktail reception sponsor by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Day Two: Wednesday June 22nd, 2016

7:30am Morning refreshments 8:45am Welcome & Opening Remarks 9:00am Keynote Address 9:45am Session 6: CEO Outlook A panel of CEOs from leading manufacturers and developers will provide their perspectives on trends and policies that are affecting the renewable energy marketplace, financing growth, and the state of capital markets.

  1. Moderator: Greg Wetstone , President & CEO, ACORE
  2. Jim Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, First Solar
  3. Michael Polsky, President & Chief Executive Officer, Invenergy
  4. Sandy Reisky, Chief Executive Officer, Apex Clean Energy
10:45am Morning Refreshment & Networking Break

11:15am  Session 7: Raising Equity – Developments in Yieldcos, REITs Renewable energy is the most rapidly growing segment in the energy space, and requires access to low-cost, liquid capital to finance growth. Yieldcos and REITs have increased access to capital, but these markets face significant challenges. Speakers will discuss the state of equity markets, who is investing, and deal structures in 2016 and beyond.

  1. Moderator:  Susan Nickey , Managing Director, Hannon Armstrong
  2. Marshal Salant , Managing Director, Head of Alternative Energy Finance, Citigroup
  3. Lance Brasher , Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  4. Mark Widmar , Chief Financial Officer and Director, 8Point3 Energy Partners
  5. Andrew Redinger , Managing Director, Group Head, KeyBanc Capital Markets

12:15pm Lunch 1:45pm Session 8: Institutional Investors – Growing Appetites for Renewables Largely driven by environmental and social objectives, renewable energy development is attracting capital from large pension funds, insurance, sovereign wealth, and other institutional investors.  A panel of leading institutional investors will describe their approaches to investing in renewables and share perspectives on likely trends.

  1. Moderator: David Giordano , Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc .
  2. Jack Burkom , Executive Vice President of Commercial Development, Brookfield Energy Marketing Inc.
  3. Greg Remec , Senior Director, Global Infrastructure, Fitch Ratings
  4. Petya Nikolova, Head of Infrastructure Investments, New York City Retirement System
  5. Robert Pottmann, Head of Renewable Energy & New Technologies (RENT), MEAG Munich Ergo Asset Management 

2:45pm Break 3:15pm Session 9: Expanding Access to Debt Financing As the renewable energy sector matures, it is increasingly tapping into traditional debt markets. This panel will review the latest developments, trends and opportunities to leverage debt for project finance and growth.

  1. Moderator: Kerri Fox , Managing Director and Head, Project Finance North America, BBVA
  2. Nuno Dias Andrade, Head of Project & Acquisition Finance North America, Santander
  3. Ralph Cho , Co-Head of Power - North America, Investec
  4. Toni Muoser, Managing Director, Rabobank International

4:15pm Chairperson's closing remarks followed by close of conference