Monday, June 19, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Opening Networking Reception


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – DAY 1

8:15 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

Greg Wetstone, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACORE

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Opening Keynote Address
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM 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 Wood, Managing Director, Global Head of Power & Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Dan Benoit, Chief Investment Officer for North America, Brookfield Asset Management

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Networking & Refreshment Break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 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. 

John Eber, Managing Director Energy Investments, J.P. Morgan

Ted Brandt, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Capital

Katherine Breaks, Tax Managing Director, Tax Credit and Energy Advisory Services, KPMG LLP

Nick Knapp, Managing Director, CohnReznick Capital

Kevin Walsh, Managing Director, Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services

Darren Van’t Hof, Director of Production – Renewable Energy Investments, US Bank

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM 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. 

Keith Martin, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Jim Murphy, President & Chief Operating Officer, Invenergy, LLC

Jim Trousdale, Chief Financial Officer, Apex Clean Energy

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM 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

Rodi Guidero, Executive Director, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM Refreshment & Networking Break
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM 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. 

Susan Nickey, Managing Director, Hannon Armstrong

John Anderson, SVP Senior Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance, Manulife Financial

David Giordano, Managing Director, BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI)

Michael Pepe, Managing Director, Wellford Energy


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

5:30 PM – 8:30PM Evening Networking Reception


Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – DAY 2

8:15 AM Morning Refreshments
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

Greg Wetstone, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACORE

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Keynote Address
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Session 6: CEO Panel
A panel of CEOs from leading renewable energy companies will provide perspectives on the landscape for project development and financing. 

Greg Wetstone, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACORE

Jacob Andersen, Chief Executive Officer, Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power, Inc.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Networking & Refreshment Break
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Session 7: Changing Corporate Strategies for Energy Procurement and 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. 

Ja Kao, President, Onyx Renewable Partners L.P.

Jeff Eckel, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hannon Armstrong

Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, MGM

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM 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 Group

Jayshree Desai, Chief Operating Officer, Clean Line Energy Partners

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Networking & Refreshment Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 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. 

Ed Zaelke, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Skip Grow, Managing Director, Head of Clean Technology Group, Morgan Stanley

Steve Schauer, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 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.

Greg Hutton, Head of Project Finance, Americas, Rabobank