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Partnership for Renewable Integration and Market Expansion (PRIME)

PRIME is a leadership program of prominent, multi-technology renewable energy companies, investors, and consumers that guide ACORE’s strategic policy agenda, with an emphasis on (1) protecting critical renewable energy incentives and supportive policies, and (2) identifying and promoting policy changes and market reforms that facilitate expansion of U.S. renewable energy markets.  PRIME members: 

  1. Play a lead role in forging and overseeing strategic initiatives in support of current and new policies that drive significant demand for renewable energy. Members participate in meetings with key decision makers and develop deliverables such as industry comments and analysis.

  2. Play a key role in ACORE’s various market expansion working groups, overseeing their development and implementation. ACORE’s organizational members, who represent all sectors of the renewable energy industry, are engaged in Working Groups that focus on expanding demand and developing targeted opportunities in the renewable energy market.  Current market expansion working groups include:
    • Renewable Energy Integration and Storage: Develop and advance power market reforms and financial structures to facilitate integration of renewable energy generation at increasing scale
    • Corporate Procurement: Encourage large energy users to power their businesses with increasing penetrations of renewables
    • National Defense & Security: Smooth the transaction space for military renewable energy procurement and increase sales in support of the military’s mission
  1. Advise content for ACORE industry educational activities, including webinars, conference agendas, and publications. These educational activities provide insights concerning renewable energy market dynamics to tens of thousands of industry players. Members will serve as expert content advisors for these activities and be given prominent visibility through co-chair, speaking, and authoring opportunities.

In addition to periodic meetings with key officials, PRIME will meet for planning sessions in-person annually and by phone quarterly to assess recent developments and discuss ongoing and new programs. Participants will receive visibility and branding options on the ACORE website, at events, and in external materials.

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David L. Giordano

Managing Director,
BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI)

David L. Giordano, Managing Director, is a member of the Renewable Power Group, within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). As head of the North American Investment team, he is responsible for originating investment opportunities, establishing industry partnerships, and leading transactions associated with securing investment opportunities.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Giordano was the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Community Energy Holdings, Inc., a regional utility-scale renewable energy developer. Previously, he was one of the original members of Babcock & Brown's North American infrastructure team where he closed $4 billion of wind transactions and worked closely in an advisory arrangement with the Airtricity North American team. Mr. Giordano's extensive energy industry experience also includes his work at FPL Energy (now NextEra) where he developed and acquired operating and development power assets and played a key role in the first non-registered 144A bond offering for a portfolio of wind assets.

Mr. Giordano earned a BA degree in Economics and Policy Management Studies from Dickinson College in 1991 and an MPA degree from Syracuse University's Maxwell School in 1996. 

Ja Kao

President, 
Onyx Renewable Partners L.P.

Ja Kao, President, Onyx Renewable Partners L.P. (“Onyx”).  Onyx is a renewable energy development company established by funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners. Onyx is focused on greenfield development and M&A opportunities in the North American solar and wind sectors.  Ja has over 15 years of finance and legal experience, as an investment banker and tax lawyer, structuring and placing complex financial instruments and structuring and executing M&A transactions across sectors, including financial services, media, telecom, energy (both traditional and renewable), consumer products and industrials.

Prior to joining Onyx, Ja worked at The Blackstone Group, where she was a Managing Director on the Structured Solutions team of Blackstone Advisory Partners. While at Blackstone, she led the renewable energy investment banking practice, covering wind, solar and other technology companies. Ja structured multiple tax equity financing transactions for solar and wind projects. Prior to The Blackstone Group, Ja was a tax associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York and worked on complex M&A, capital markets, cross-border finance and private client matters from 2001-2008.

Ja received a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA with a major in Economics from Brandeis University.

Ja serves as Chairman of the Board of Assessment Review for the town of Pound Ridge, NY and serves on the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the not-for-profit group, Internationals Network for Public Schools.

Ray Wood

Managing Director and Global Head of Power and Renewables 
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Raymond S. Wood serves as a Managing Director and Global Head of Power and Renewables at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He leads coverage teams across a variety of client sectors including regulated utilities, independent power, alternative energy and private equity sponsors. Over Mr. Wood's 25-year career, he has assisted clients on noteworthy strategic transactions and financings, a number of which have been named "Deal of the Year." He has transaction expertise across the spectrum of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, leveraged finance, structured finance, commodities and privatizations.

He received an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Kevin Walsh

Managing Director, Renewable Energy (U.S),
GE Energy Financial Services

Kevin Walsh is managing director of U.S. Renewable Energy at GE Energy Financial Services where he leads a team of originators, underwriters and portfolio managers that invest of $1.5 billion annually in renewable energy. Renewable energy has been a strategic growth initiative at the GE unit since 2004. Since then, GE Energy Financial Services has committed to invest more than $15 billion in renewable energy projects that have the capacity to generate more than 16 gigawatts of power, primarily from the wind and sun.

Mr. Walsh sits on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), where he was previously a member of the ACORE Leadership Council.  He is a member of the Policy Committee of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and served on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Mr. Walsh is a frequent speaker at conferences on renewable energy investing.

Previously, Mr. Walsh was responsible for the management of GE Energy Financial Services’ global portfolio of energy investments, as well as related portfolio sales and reinvestment.  Since joining the predecessor of GE Energy Financial Services, GE Structured Finance, in 1990, Mr. Walsh has held GE leadership positions in Energy, Capital Markets and Industrial.   

Mr. Walsh graduated cum laude from Fairfield University, where he received a B.S. in Business Management and where he currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Dolan School of Business.   He is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program (FMP). 

About GE Energy Financial Services

A strategic GE Capital business, GE Energy Financial Services is a global energy investor that provides financial solutions that help meet the world’s energy needs.  Drawing on its technical know-how, financial strength and strong risk management, GE Energy Financial Services invests in long-lived and capital intensive projects and companies.  The firm has 35+ years of experience managing energy assets through multiple economic cycles, and a global portfolio that spans conventional and renewable power, and oil and gas infrastructure projects.

GE Energy Financial Services is part of the GE Store and is able to provide unique customer value by leveraging GE’s industrial energy heritage and strong technology footprint to offer access to capital and expertise. It is headquartered in Stamford, CT with regional hubs in London, Houston, Hong Kong and Nairobi. More information: www.geenergyfinancialservices.com; Twitter @GEEnergyFinServ.

Mark Goodwin

President and CEO, 
Apex Clean Energy

Mark leads the Apex team and the execution of corporate strategy. He has direct responsibility for project development, construction and engineering, resource assessment, technology, procurement, and asset management. Prior to joining Apex, Mark was a director at Horizon Wind Energy with broad responsibilities in project execution and technology, as well as the lead commercial negotiator for all turbine supply, installation, operations, and maintenance agreements. Prior to Horizon, Mark worked for the wind turbine manufacturer Vestas as sales manager for North America. Mark is a former naval officer and helicopter pilot. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Advanced Biofuel Leadership Conference Summary

acore logoOn February 19, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) presented a panel at the Advanced Biofuel Leadership Conference (ABLC) before a full room for a Friday afternoon on, “Standing together: Lessons learned across the renewable energy spectrum.”

Breaking away from the typical fact-heavy sessions of the conference, this ACORE panel provided a lively discussion on the challenges, solutions, and opportunities facing the biofuel industry Panelists represented a diversity of expertise and perspectives from across the renewable energy sector, including, wind, solar, biomass, biofuel, electric vehicles and smart grid, as well as expertise in finance, policy, market development and technology, in the U.S. and across the globe. 

Among many other topics, panelists discussed effective strategies to respond to attacks against the biofuel industry.  One solution, offered by Scott Sklar, President at the Stella Group, was to form broad based, cross-sector coalitions.  Specific communities that would offer this additional credibility to the biofuel sector might include: renewable and environmental, education, biochemical material science, sustainable land use, recycling and bio refinery, local and regional community power alliances, and environmental justice groups.  Another recommendation was for the biofuel industry to more directly communicate how they will address concerns raised by environmentalists, drawing lessons from how the wind industry effectively responded to attacks about bird killings. 

Panelists also discussed customer behavior – specifically, that they not only make decisions based on cost, but also on value.  The bioenergy sector needs to be more unified and effective in communicating its value, marketing itself as the premium brand. A specific example was marketing ethanol not as a replacement for gasoline, but as a clean octane replacement for the cancer-causing additives currently supplying octane in gasoline. 

Another recommendation of the panel was to take better advantage of the significant export opportunity for bioenergy technology.  Bioenergy allows for the poorest nations across the globe to produce their own, clean electricity, fuel and heat, transforming their economies and livelihoods.  Panelists discussed their own experiences, including replacing charcoal with clean burning ethanol stoves in Haiti, as well as serving on the Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) to open up markets across the globe.

Jeff Passmore, Chief Executive Officer, Passmore Group, moderated the panel.  Passmore has worked for over 30 years on both the renewable power and fuel side, including as Vice- President of Iogen Corporation, a biotechnology company specializing in cellulosic ethanol.  Panelists included: Stephen Munro, U.S. Policy Analyst and Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF); Doug Berven, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, POET, a leading ethanol and cellulosic producer; Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, a strategic technology optimization and policy firm for clean distributed energy, who has worked on both the renewable power and fuel side;  and Cynthia Thyfault, Founder & CEO, Westar Trade Resources, a consulting firm that helps clients obtain funding for clean energy projects.    

Panel Description
“Standing together: Lessons learned across the renewable energy spectrum”

February 19, 2016
2-3:30 pm ET

Presented in partnership with the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), this session focuses on looking across the renewable energy sector — biofuels, biomass, solar, wind, and geothermal — at lessons learned on successful national, state and global policy and planning, stakeholder communication, business models, global development, technology development pathways, capital formation. What can we all learn from each other in a movement that has transformed into an entire portfolio of new industries? What has worked, where can we do better? How can we continue to coordinate a common message of renewable energy even as these new industries chart their respective paths?

Moderator

  • Jeff Passmore, Chief Executive Officer, Passmore Group

Speakers

  • Stephen Munro, U.S. Policy Analyst and Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)
  • Doug Berven, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, POET
  • Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group 
  • Cynthia Thyfault, Founder & CEO, Westar Trade Resources  

Renewable Fuel Standards Continue to Work

July 20 -- The Environmental Protection Agency recently snubbed the Renewable Fuel Standard
with a revision to the rule that would cut corn ethanol obligations by 3.75 billion gallons
over three years — equivalent to a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.

We can’t help but ask … “Why?”

Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working. >>View Article

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