||REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
|8:45 AM - 8:50 AM
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
|8:50 AM - 9:45 AM
|9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
SESSION 1: HOT TOPICS IN A CHANGING ELECTRICITY MARKETPLACE
Against the backdrop of an aging electric grid infrastructure, the growing consumer and corporate demand for low carbon electricity, combined with the increasing deployment of distributed generation, requires updated regulatory policies and business models to facilitate the integration of new renewable capacity. This session will examine the steps necessary to accommodate continued renewable deployment at an accelerated pace, while minimizing potential negative market impacts and increasing system reliability.
- How does growing corporate demand for renewable energy, including large-scale Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), affect current utility business models?
- What are the policies and business needs driving large-scale wind and solar projects?
- What are the trends in state debates over net metering and the larger effort to incentivize consumer investment in renewables while maintaining a viable grid?
- What is the role of consumer choice and competition in electricity supply and distributed energy resources?
- Will programs such as New York REV provide models for creating alternative utility revenue streams and modernizing grid infrastructure?
- Can the expansion of power markets through the integration of balancing authorities and regional collaboration better accommodate increasing renewable capacity?
- How can energy storage and advanced ancillary services be successfully integrated into ISO/RTO market structures?
- Marsden Hanna, Policy Lead, Energy and Global Infrastructure, Google
- John Stephenson, Manager, U.S. Public Policy, Amazon
- Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
- Betty Watson, Deputy Director, Policy & Electricity Markets, SolarCity
|10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
||NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK
|11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SESSION 2: EXPANDING CAPITAL FOR RENEWABLES: A NEW STABLE, BUT UNEVEN, TAX ENVIRONMENT
The recent extensions of the PTC and ITC are forecasted to stimulate tens of billions of dollars in investment and drive more than 100 GW of new wind and solar capacity. However, other renewable technologies secured only a one-year extension. This panel will examine progress and challenges with the new tax regime, and identify key next steps for Congress and the IRS.
- What are the key issues to be addressed in expanding capital for renewable energy?
- Is there sufficient tax equity to support renewable growth through the period of the credit phase-downs?
- What are the priority agenda items for the renewable and storage sectors in the tax realm?
- What are prospects for tax reform and how might such tax reform legislation impact the renewables sector?
- Tax policy provides greater certainty, but what else is needed to promote capital formation and investment?
- Are there alternative finance mechanisms, such as MLP expansion, that could foster the substantial new investment needed to achieve our renewable energy goals?
- Kathy Weiss, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, FirstSolar
- Joe Mikrut, Partner, Capitol Tax Partners
- Jeffery Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
- JC Sandberg, Executive Counsel, Government Affairs and Policy, GE Power & Water
- Darren Van't Hof, Director, Renewable Energy Investments, U.S. Bancorp
|12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
|12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
|1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE & AWARDS PRESENTATION
- The Honorable Chuck Grassley, United States Senator (R-IA)
- Joseph Bryan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy
Accepting Award On Behalf Of: The Honorable Ray Mabus, U.S. Secretary of the Navy
|2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
SESSION 3: PROSPECTS FOR THE CLEAN POWER PLAN: MAINTAINING MOMENTUM IN THE FACE OF LEGAL UNCERTAINTY
The Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to stay the Clean Power Plan was a blow to an implementation effort that just was gaining steam. The next step for the rulemaking is a substantive review at the D.C. Court of Appeals, which previously declined to issue a stay, potentially followed by a second and final round at the Supreme Court. This process will likely drag through the end of the year. Yet, even as action grinds to a halt in some states, efforts continue in many others – states that have been the incubators of innovative policies that worked to catalyze renewable energy investment and development. Momentum continues in part because renewable energy is an important element of any strategy to ensure affordable and reliable power now and into the future.
- How can the renewable sector best sustain forward momentum in the face of legal uncertainty?
- How to best encourage as many states as possible to press forward with the next iteration of innovative policies to maximize renewable deployment?
- What is the most constructive pathway in states that have been fighting the rule?
- What are the rule’s prospects in the coming court reviews? And what, if anything, can the renewable energy sector do to help?
- Joseph Goffman, Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Bill Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
- Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association
- Rhone Resch, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
- Gary Guzy, Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling
|3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
||NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK
|3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
SESSION 4: DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL REPERCUSSIONS OF THE PARIS ACCORD AND OTHER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
This session will address the impact of other recent domestic and global developments on the renewable sector, including the U.S. commitment in Paris to a 28 percent economy-wide greenhouse emission reductions. Speakers will assess impacts on the U.S. power and transportation sectors, and on renewable energy deployment globally.
- What legal mechanisms exist to promote achievement of the country’s COP21 commitments?
- What would achievement of the COP21 goals mean for renewable energy deployment in the U.S.?
- What international opportunities does the agreement create for U.S. companies?
- What does the Paris agreement mean for the transportation sector?
- Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University
|4:45 - 5:00 pm