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Power Generation & Infrastructure Forum Program

ACORE & EPRI Power Generation & Infrastructure Initiative:
Business Models for Renewable Electricity in the 21st Century

April 18, 2013
Portland Hilton Hotel and Executive Tower
Portland, Oregon

This Forum will examine the strategies, opportunities, and challenges in the western region related to potential realignment of business models to support accelerated renewable energy development in all phases of electric power company operations. The Forum will focus on the technologies, policies, and financing needs associated with any increase in renewable electricity.


6:00-7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception



8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Overview

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Morning Keynote 

9:15-10:45 a.m.

Panel 1:  Power Company Perspectives
Panelists will discuss the financial and operational complexity of, and opportunity for, increasing the amount of electricity produced from renewable energy in the western region.


  • VADM Dennis McGinn (USN-Ret.), President, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) (Moderator)

  • Robert W. Cromwell, Jr., Director, Power Contracts, Resource Acquisition & Regional Affairs, Seattle City Light

  • Steve Klein, General Manager, Snohomish County Public Utility District

  • Wayne Lei, PhD, CHP, PGE Corporate R&D, Smart Grid Programming, Portland General Electric

  • Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Officer, Bonneville Power Administration

  • Rudy Perez, Solar Photovoltaic Program (SPVP) Manager, Southern California Edison

10:45-11:00 a.m.

Morning Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Panel 2:  Regulatory Perspective
Panelists will discuss policies and regulations within the western region that harness the value and accommodate increasing amounts of renewable electricity.  The speakers will discuss best practices, their responsibilities to ratepayers, and the role of regional transmission organizations.


  • Dan Adler, President, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) (Moderator)

  • Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission

  • Mike Champley, Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission 

  • Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

  • Rebecca Wagner, Commissioner, Nevada Public Utilities Commission

12:30-1:00 p.m.


1:00-1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote

  • James Newcomb, Director of Electricity Program, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Panel 3: Developer and Technology Perspectives
Panelists will discuss their strategies to partner and/or compete with traditional electric power companies in the western region and what may shape best practices for specific technologies and regions, as well as the role of commercial demand for distributed generation.


  • Robin L. Newmark, Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (Moderator)

  • Dave Belote, Vice President for Federal Business, Apex Wind Energy, Inc.  

  • Meghan Nutting, Director of Government Affairs, SolarCity Corporation

  • Matt O'Keefe, Manager of West Coast Market Development and Regulatory Affairs, OPower

  • Eric Thompson, Business Development, Natel Energy

3:00-3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Panel 4: Financial Markets Perspectives
Panelists will discuss how current and future electricity market structures in the western region may impact their renewable energy financial business models, as well as how financial opportunities and challenges impact the potential growth in utility-scale and distributed renewable electricity development.


  • Matt Ferguson, Principal, Renewable Energy Practice Leader, Reznick Group, P.C.  (Moderator)

  • Izzet Bensusan, Chief Executive Officer, Karbone

  • Matt Cheney, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Path

  • Tim Keating, Senior Vice President, SCS Renewables

  • J. Radford Small, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

4:45-5:30 p.m.

Summary Panel: Key Findings from the Day and Next Steps
Audience Q&A/Discussion


  • David Nelson, Senior Director, Research and Programs, Climate Policy Initiative (Moderator)

  • Dan Adler, President, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)

  • Matt Ferguson, Principal, Renewable Energy Practice Leader, Reznick Group, P.C.

  • Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

  • VADM Dennis McGinn (USN-Ret.), President, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)

  • Robin L. Newmark, Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

5:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception and Networking

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