SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2013
THE FOUR SEASONS, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
|7:30am||Registration and Coffee|
|8:45am||Welcome and Opening Remarks|
Session 1: Opening Keynote
|9:30am-10:45am||Session 2: Renewable Energy in a Western Context
Get the latest updates on the landscape of renewable energy markets in the Western United States. Speakers will review commercial opportunities, highlight financing trends, and indicate the types of companies that are experiencing success.
|10:45am-11:15am||Networking Refreshment Break Sponsored by:|
|11:15am-12:30pm||Session 3: The Political State of Renewable Energy
Focusing on state policy from financing mechanisms to the regulatory landscape, this session will take a closer look at the different measures spurring development in renewable energy. Speakers will identify the policies that are driving capital formation and market development.
|2:00pm-3:00pm||Session 4: Innovation in the Energy Industry
The West Coast is undeniably the hub of innovative renewable energy technologies, but there remain significant challenges in securing the funding to bring these technologies to market effectively. This session will equip you with strategies for overcoming these challenges and identify a pathway for deployment outside of traditional project finance mechanisms.
|3:00pm-4:00pm||Session 5: Renewable Energy in the Digital Age
This session will look at bringing digital technology and software solutions to what has traditionally been a hardware- and physical infrastructure-focused business. Speakers will examine how information technologies and emerging "Cleanweb" solutions are creating powerful new opportunities for acquiring customers, securing financing, deploying and managing systems, and more.
|4:00pm-4:30pm||Networking Refreshment Break Sponsored by:|
|4:30pm-5:30pm||Session 6: The Balancing Act of Natural Gas and Renewables
Investor and energy industry interest is shifting to natural gas, but how long will this boom last? Cheap natural gas may make renewable energy appear less desirable, but while the price of renewables continues to decline, it is uncertain how long natural gas will remain at its low price point. This session will also address how natural gas can be used to match the intermittent production of renewable energy in order to maximize the value of renewable energy produced. With the numerous other cost competitive energy resources available on the West Coast, including renewable energy, can natural gas truly be called the resource of the future?
|5:30pm||Close of Conference Sessions|
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Session 7: Welcome & Keynote Presentation
|9:30am-10:45am||Session 8: East Meets West: Investment Banking Perspectives
REFF-West is the only major renewable energy event on the West Coast to bring you up-to-the-minute commentary from both Wall Street and the West. A panel of top energy bankers, representing world-leading financial institutions, who are all currently leading major deals, will debate how the financial landscape has changed over the last twelve months and explore what we can expect from the market moving forward, whilst also considering the similarities and differences between investor attitudes on the East and West coasts respectively.
|10:45am-11:15am||Networking Refreshment Break|
|11:30am-12:30pm||Session 9: Financing Smaller Deals
Now a regular exciting feature of REFF-West, our popular 'Financing Smaller Deals' panel turns the spotlight on those deals in the $9-$25 million range, highlighting the differences and similarities between these deals and the big-ticket deals, and offering you practical advice on moving smaller-scale projects forward. Digging into the opportunities available to technologies like smaller ocean power, bioenergy, etc., this session will explore how projects under a few megawatts can access project financing.
|12:30pm-2:00pm||Networking Lunch Sponsored by:|
|2:00pm-3:00pm||Session 10: The Nexus of Sustainability and Renewables
Water, land and energy use are interconnected. As multiple factors play into sustainability efforts, this session will make sense of the role renewable energy plays in reducing the demand on precious natural resources such as water. Speakers will explore the opportunities for public-private partnerships and creative financing innovations.
|3:00pm-4:00pm||Session 11: Renewable Energy: A Consolidating Industry?
This session intends to stimulate debate on the potential consequences of industry consolidation. Consolidation will allow players to gain control over supply and pricing. In order to address pressing questions such as 'where are we in the growth of the industry?' and 'what is the next stage of growth?', the issues debated will include:
|4:00pm-4:30pm||Networking Refreshment Break
|4:30pm-5:30pm||Session 12: Crystal Ball: U.S. Competitiveness in a Global Marketplace
This final session will provide reflection over the past two conference days and allow each of the speakers to share their forecast for the future of renewable energy on the West Coast, in the U.S. and internationally.
|5:30pm||Close of REFF-West 2013|