7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West
September 16-17, 2014  |  Palace Hotel  |  San Francisco, CA

Henry Hely Hutchinson

Managing Director, Euromoney Energy Events

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Currently the Managing Director of Euromoney Energy Events, Henry Hely Hutchinson was until October 2010 the Managing Director of DC Gardner Training, another Euromoney business. He has spent most of his career in the UK working for Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC where he has run various conference and training businesses. Henry is Irish. He studied languages at Trinity College, Dublin, and earlier in his career, he worked in both France and Germany, including a year out from University when he mainly worked in Trade Finance at the Commerzbank in Frankfurt. He has an MBA from Henley Management College. 

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Michael R.. Brower

CEO & President, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)

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Michael R. Brower was unanimously elected to be the third permanent President and CEO of ACORE by the Board of Directors on December 30, 2013. He had served as ACORE’s Interim President and CEO after Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn was named by President Obama to be the Assistant Secretary to the Navy for Energy, Installations and the Environment in July 2013. A former ACORE Board member, Brower has decades of experience in renewable energy policy, project development, finance and market development. Michael now leads the organization for implementation of the Board of Directors-ratified strategic plan, directing ACORE’s operational policy and practice; as well as, internal and external relations including financial matters and industry-wide coordination, communications and cooperation.

An experienced executive leader, Washington/Capitol Hill veteran and renewables advocate with a proven multi-sector senior leadership record, Michael is a thought-leader and diplomatic communicator known for promoting and advancing every aspect of energy literacy. He helped craft the first ever Energy Title (IX) in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, and played a direct role shaping biomass definitions and tax components in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. Additionally, Michael was involved in helping enact the Section 1603 Cash Grants In Lieu of Tax Credits language in the American Recovery and Relief Act of 2008, and the inclusion eligibility for biomass and geothermal technologies for Investment Tax Credits in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

He enjoys extensive project development experience with biomass, energy crops, wind, geothermal, distributed generation, district heating and cooling, solar, biomass conversion to liquid fuels projects and across his career has developed significant extramural funding for every manner of renewable energy project, regardless of technology. Most recently, Michael was appointed to the United States Energy Security Council, joining a notable cadre of 32 federal and state executive and legislative electeds, post-cabinet leaders, a Nobel Prize winner and retired military flag officers that includes Alan Greenspan, Governor Linda Lingle, T. Boone Pickens, and Robert “Bud” McFarlane. An accomplished international and national speaker, Brower recently keynoted the China Renewable Energy Conference in Wuxi, China and ACORE’s REFF-West in San Francisco.

In January 2006, Michael helped establish Mosaic Federal Affairs LLC, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York law firm Hiscock & Barclay LLP. He is a retired career Naval Officer and Aviator who commanded Sea Strike Squadron Twenty-Two in the first Iraqi War and flew 43 aircraft carrier-based combat sorties during that conflict. He also served in the Secretary of the Navy’s office as Special Assistant for Air Warfare communicating United States Navy legislative policy to the Congress.

After his two decade-plus career in naval service, Michael was a state agency executive director, bank director, farmer, a federal and New York State legislative affairs consultant and Director, Community and Governmental Relations at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

Michael now lives in Washington, DC.

Ira Ehrenpreis

General Partner, Technology Partners

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Ira Ehrenpreis has been with Technology Partners since 1996.  Ira leads the firm's Cleantech investment practice, investing in energy technology, water technology, and advanced materials opportunities.  Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the Cleantech sector, and in 2007 was named one of the "Top 50 Most Influential Men under 45" by Details Magazine.

In the venture community, Ira serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and on the board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC).  He is also the Co-Chairman of both the VCNetwork and the YVCA, two non-profit organizations comprising more than 1,000 venture capitalists.

In the Cleantech sector, Ira has served on several industry boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Loboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (Conference Chairman in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), Energy Investors Forum (Past Conference Chairman), Energy Venture Fair, and California Climate Change Advisory Board. 

He has also served on the advisory boards of the Southern California Tech Coast Alliance, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), and the Comerica Venture Capital Advisory Board.  Ira is also an active leader at Stanford University, where his contributions have included helping to teach the course on venture capital and serving on the board of visitors of Stanford Law School.  Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review.  He holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

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