2018 Agenda

Public Sector. Private Sector. Power Sector.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

8:00 AM Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome

9:15 – 9:32 AM


9:32 – 9:50 AM

Keynote Address

Keynote Address

9:50 – 10:50 AM Renewable Energy Finance and the New Tax Law

The tax package lowers corporate rates, changes how leading financiers of renewable energy are taxed, and potentially impacts the availability and cost of tax equity – a critical source of financing that is directly responsible for roughly 20% of annual U.S. renewable energy investment, and catalyzes much more. Leading financiers and other experts will explore how tax reform will impact renewable energy project finance, while also considering emerging opportunities and alternate sources of investment.



  • John Eber, Managing Director, Energy Investments, J.P. Morgan
  • Joan Hutchinson, Vice President Origination & Business Development, Lincoln Clean Energy, LLC
  • Jim King, Managing Director, Head of Project Finance & Infrastructure, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Joe Mikrut, Partner, Capitol Tax Partners
10:50 – 11:05 AM Networking Break
11:05 – 11:20 AM


11:20 – 11:35 AM

Keynote Address

  • Robert Powelson, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Keynote Address

  • Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
11:35 – 12:20 PM American Renewable Energy Competitiveness: The Impact of Tariffs

High levels of U.S. investment in the renewables sector is important to maintaining our leadership role in a booming industry sector that was pioneered by American scientists and engineers. This session will evaluate the scope of the global business opportunity for renewable energy and the positioning of U.S. companies to compete. As the Administration responds to international trade concerns with new tariffs, panelists will discuss strategies to stimulate the continued growth of the American renewable energy sector. Topics will include:

  • Solar tariffs and international trade
  • Stimulating development and investment in the U.S.
  • Size of the global market; opportunities for export
  • Supporting advanced technologies that grow our footprint



12:20 – 12:35 PM


12:35 – 1:35 PM

Keynote Address


1:35 – 1:55 PM


1:55 – 2:15 PM


2:15 – 3:30 PM

Keynote Address

Keynote Address

A Resilient, Reliable and Renewable Grid

As electricity markets adjust their strategies for grid reliability and resilience, decisionmakers are increasing their focus on the role of renewable energy. This session will begin with an expert presentation on electricity market design in a future with an increasingly high penetration of renewables, and will be followed by a panel discussion on:

  • Promoting resilience and reliability while ensuring payment for all resources
  • Opportunities for grid modernization and transmission expansion in the federal infrastructure package
  • Wholesale market approaches for pricing formation
  • Application of renewable energy and energy storage for crisis response
  • Potential adjustments to PURPA

Featured Presentation

  • Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology, Council on Foreign Relations


  • Todd Glass, Partner and Co-Founder, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


  • Jam Attari, Chief Executive Officer, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, LLC
  • Marissa Gillett, Vice President, External Relations, Energy Storage Association (ESA)
  • Patrick Reiten, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co.
  • Nisha Thirumurthy, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
3:30 – 3:45 PM

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Networking Break
Keynote Address

4:00 – 5:00 PM The New Renewables Alliance: Cities, States and Businesses

In the face of federal retrenchment, states, local governments and corporations across the country are intensifying their commitments for renewable energy and GHG emissions reductions. Panelists will discuss:

  • Overview of key state and local developments and new initiatives
  • Evolution of regional greenhouse gas initiatives
  • The increasing Corporate and Industrial commitment to Renewable Energy / Sustainability
  • Impact of federal policy on state and local programs



  • Senator Frank Wagner, Virginia State Senate
  • Anne L. Kelly, Senior Director, Policy and BICEP Network, Ceres
  • Ariel Horowitz, Director of Technology Development, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Brian Smith, State Government Relations and Public Policy Manager, WGL Energy

ACORE’s Evening Reception

March 14th, 5:00 – 6:30PM

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