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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

8:15AM Registration & Breakfast
8:45AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Greg Wetstone, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACORE
9:00AM Opening Keynote Address
9:45AM Session 1: A New Context for Renewable Energy Markets
Experts will provide an overview of the energy landscape in 2017 and offer prospects for continued growth in the renewable energy sector in the new political landscape. Assessment of how cost declines, lower PPA prices, corporate demand and broader market penetration will continue to drive growth How will the role of state programs evolve at a time of expected reductions in federal policy support for clean energy?
Ray Henger, Senior Vice President Structured Finance, sPower
Ray Wood, Managing Director - Head of Global Power & Renewables, Bank of America Merril Lynch
Thomas O'Flynn, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, AES Corporation
Dan Benoit, Chief Investment Officer for North America, Brookfield
11:00AM Networking & refreshment break
11:30AM Session 2: Tax Equity: Impacts of Tax Reform and Policy Uncertainty
Investors, senior executives and experts on tax legislation will discuss the potential impacts of tax reform and changing corporate tax rates on the tax equity markets, capital stacks, and investor outlooks.
Kevin Walsh, Managing Director & Group Head of Power and Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services
John Eber, Managing Director and Head of Energy Investments, JP Morgan
Darren Van't Hof, Managing Director Of Environmental Community Capital, U.S. Bank
Nick Knapp, Managing Director, CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities LLC
Katherine Breaks, Tax Managing Director, Tax Credit and Energy Advisory Services, KPMG
12:30PM Lunch
1:45PM Session 3: The State of Renewable Energy Finance
CFOs and treasurers will provide their perspectives on the state of capital markets, the cost of capital, key market dynamics, and what these trends mean for renewable energy finance and growth.
Gaëtan C Frotté, Senior Vice President, Treasurer, NRG Energy
Jim Murphy, President and Chief Operating Officer, Invenergy Inc
Jim Trousdale, Chief Financial Officer, APEX Clean Energy
2:45PM Session 4: Fireside Chat
This fireside chat will discuss high profile efforts by leading investors and executives to capitalize on government-backed research and foster development of the next generation of electricity generation and storage, energy efficiency, and transportation.
Ira Ehrenpreis, Managing Partner, DBL Partners
3:45PM Refreshment & Networking Break
4:15PM Session 5: Attracting New Sources of Capital
What are the opportunities and challenges in attracting new private capital to the renewables industry? Panelists will discuss new types of sponsor equity in the sector such as pension, retirement, insurance, and international funds, as well as how corporate investment is replacing venture capital funding.
David Giordano, Managing Director, Global Head - Renewable Power, BlackRock
Michael Pepe, Managing Director, Wellford Energy
Susan Nickey, Managing Director, Hannon Armstrong
John Anderson, Head of Corporate Finance Origination, John Hancock
5:30PM Evening networking reception

Day 2: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

8:15AM Morning Refreshments
8:45AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00AM Keynote Address
9:45AM Session 6: CEO Panel
A panel of CEOs from leading renewable energy companies will provide perspectives on the landscape for project development and financing.
Nigel Cockroft, General Manager (U.S and Canada), JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc.
Jacob Andersen, CEO, Wind Power Onshore Americas, Siemens
10:45AM Networking & Refreshment Break
11:15AM Session 7: Changing Corporate Strategies for Energy Procurement & Management
Even as corporate procurement continues to grow, some C&I customers are viewing energy use as a business enabler and bundling their renewable energy and energy efficiency investments to save money and reduce fossil fuel consumption. Corporates and offerors will discuss strategies for approaching such investments and assess opportunities.
Christopher Gladbach, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Don Anderson, Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, Blackstone
Jeff Eckel, Chief Executive Officer, Hannon Armstrong
Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts International
Ja Kao, President, Onyx Renewables
12:15PM Lunch
1:30PM Session 8: Investing in Transmission Infrastructure and Grid Modernization
This panel will highlight investment opportunities for infrastructure, grid modernization, and energy storage efforts; and address the potential effects of a federal infrastructure initiative.
Brad Nordholm, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head, Starwood Energy Global Group
2:30PM Networking & Refreshment Break
3:00PM Session 9: Public Equity Markets
Panelists will take stock of the critical public equity markets which have fueled sector growth to date, including insight about types of investors and deal structures.
Steve Schauer, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets
Edward W. Zaelke, Attorney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP
Skip Grow, Managing Director, Head of Clean Technology Group, Morgan Stanley
Marshal Salant, Managing Director - Global Head of Alternative Energy Finance, CitiGroup
4:00PM Session 10: Debt Markets

This panel will review the latest developments, trends and opportunities to leverage debt for project finance and growth. Additionally, speakers will discuss how developers of newer technologies such as advanced biofuels and batteries are leveraging debt for project financing.

Beth Waters, Managing Director, Project Finance - Americas, MUFG
Nuno Dias Andrade, Managing Director - Head of Project & Acquisition Finance North America, Santander
Greg Hutton, Managing Director, Regional Head, Rabobank