8:30 – 9:00am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Gerald Strahan, Managing Director, Euromoney Energy Events
Michael Eckhart, President, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power

9:00 – 9:10am

Keynote Opening Address

Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation

9:10 – 10:10am

Session 1 – State Level Policy Drivers

This session will examine the policy incentives that drive renewable energy investment in the region. What mechanisms are currently in place, what does the future hold, and how can investors and developers take most effective advantage of these incentives?

• What investment opportunities do state policies create?
• Status report: Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) for Western states
• Will renewable energy continue to be driven by RPS in the West?
• The role of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) and Green Tag trading in incentivizing renewable energy investment

William Holmes, Partner, Stoel Rives

Nicole Finerty, Director, Evolution Markets
Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director, Renewable Northwest Project
Eric M. Markell, Executive Vice President & CFO, Puget Sound Energy
Janice Larson, Director of Bioenergy & Renewables, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources

10:10 – 10:30am

Senator Keynote

Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
Jay Inslee, US Congressman, D-WA
Maria Cantwell, US Senator, D-WA

10:30 – 11:00am

Networking Refreshment Break

11:00 – 12:15pm

Session 2 – Project Finance

This session will examine large-scale renewable energy financing, addressing wind, solar thermal and ocean power project development.
Speakers will highlight recent deals and opportunities, and will comment on the likely development of these markets.

• Deal flow outlook: Where will the projects come from, and who will finance them?
• How are tighter credit conditions affecting renewable energy project finance deals?
• Trends in deal size, leverage, and financing mechanisms

Tom Starrs, CEO, Solar Energy Ventures, LLC
Matt Ferguson, Principal and National Renewable Energy Practice Leader, Reznick Group

Susan Nickey, CFO, Acciona Energy North America Corp.
Ben Lackey, Managing Counsel, Iberdrola
Mac Irvin, Managing Director of Structured Finance, SunPower
Kevin Walsh, Managing Director, GE Energy Financial Services

12:15 – 1:30pm

Networking Lunch

Phil Angelides, Chairman, Apollo Alliance

1:30 – 2:45pm

Session 3 – Western Transmission

Transmission is a key factor for successfully deploying renewable energy projects, and the Western US presents a unique set of challenges. This session will examine those challenges, as well the opportunities for companies who can successfully navigate the issues involved.

• Financing: The potential for private sector investment in transmission
• Congested areas: What are the effects and how are they being addressed?
• How can the challenges of connecting renewables to the grid be overcome?

John Geesman, Co-chair of ACORE Board of Directors & former California Energy Commissioner

Carl E. Borgquist, President, Grasslands Renewable Energy LLC
David Olsen, Coordinator, California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
Pat Wood, Principal, Wood3 Resources, LLC and Former Chairman, FERC
Brian Weber, Manager - Transmission Strategy and Policy, PacifiCorp

2:45 – 3:45pm

Session 4 – Smart Grid

The concept of ‘Smart Grid’ encompasses a number of technologies, both existing and in development. This session will ask where the growth areas in this sector lie, and how these issues affect the renewable energy industry.

• Who are the leading players and rising stars of the energy efficiency sector?
• Smart grid: How will it impact renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies?
• Electric vehicles: An analysis of investment potential
• Demand response: From start up to utility scale technology

Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
Kirk Van Alstyne, Managing Partner, Evolution Capital Advisors

Paul Heitmann, Senior Program Architect, Comverge
David Kaplan, CTO & Founder, V2Green
Jon Wellinghoff, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Bob Zak, President and General Manager, Powerit Solutions

3:45 – 4:15pm

Networking Refreshment Break

4:15 – 5:30pm

Session 5 – Green Buildings

This session will examine the range of technologies that form the ‘Green Buildings’ sector, addressing opportunities for investors, renewable energy integration into green buildings, and the near term evolution of the construction and energy industries.

• Design, new materials, and building integrated renewables
• Status report: Key players, policy incentives, technologies and investors
• Capital flows: Who is investing and why?
• Where are the investment opportunities? Analysis of expected returns and time lines

Michael Butler, President & CEO, Cascadia Capital

Christine Ervin, President, Christine Ervin Co.
Christian Gunter, Assistant Vice President, Responsible Property Investing, Kennedy Associates
Mark Schuster, CEO and Chairman, The Schuster Group
Dennis Wilde, President, Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions
Ash Awad, Vice President, McKinstry Co.

5:30 – 7:30pm

Evening Networking Reception - Seattle Space Needle

Join fellow conference attendees to network and continue the day's discussions 500ft above Seattle.

Enjoy the views, local wines and hors d'œuvre while meeting the leaders of the renewable energy industry.

Complimentary to all REFF-West participants.







8:30 – 9:00am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Allison Lindsay, Euromoney Energy Events
Michael Butler, Chairman & CEO, Cascadia Capital
Greg Nickels, Mayor, City of Seattle

9:00 – 9:45am

Opening Keynote: Day 2

Kostya L. Zolotusky, Managing Director Capital Markets Development, Boeing Capital Corporation
Ron Pernick, Co-Founder and Principal, CleanEdge

9:45 – 10:45am

Session 6 – Carbon Policy and Impact on Energy Markets

This session will examine the policy initiatives related to carbon emissions and climate change, their likely development, and their effect on the clean energy sector. How will legislation affect US companies at state, regional and national levels?

• How will carbon move the demand curve for renewable projects?
• Update on the Western Climate Initiative
• Voluntary carbon markets: Impact and opportunities
• How will currently proposed federal carbon legislation affect the energy industry?

Michael Rosenfeld, Vice Consul, UK Trade & Investment
Tom Starrs, CEO, Solar Energy Ventures, LLC

Angus Duncan, Chairman, Oregon Global Warming Commission
K.C. Golden, Policy Director, Climate Solutions
Dan Kalafatas, President, 3Degrees

10:45 – 11:15am

Networking Refreshment Break

11:15 – 12:30pm

Session 7 – Venture Capital to Capital Markets

The VC sector continues to play a crucial role in the financing of clean energy, especially for new and innovative technologies. This session will address emerging and known investment opportunities, drawing on the experiences and knowledge of leading cleantech venture capitalists.

• High-tech to cleantech: Where and why VC funding is shifting into cleantech
• What are the opportunities being presented by this switch?
• How are business models adapting to fit this space, and how are strategies changing for VC investors?
• State-level incentives and venture capital: How does public sector support fit in to investments?

Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
Michael Butler, President & CEO, Cascadia Capital

Raj Atluru, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Anup Jacob, Managing Director, Virgin Green Fund
Brad Zenger, Managing Director, Pivotal Investments

12:30 – 1:45pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 – 3:00pm

Session 8 – Emerging Technologies

This session will showcase the leading technologies that are forming the next wave of the clean energy sector. A selection of companies will present their technologies, and a panel of investors will discuss how opportunities are evolving in this sector.

• What are the new technologies that will drive the next wave of cleantech investment?
• How can these technologies be effectively commercialized?
• Investor perspective: Identifying and maximizing an investment opportunity
• Company perspective: Taking advantage of heightened investor interest

Michael Eckhart, President, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Bruce Pasternack, Venture Partner, CMEA Ventures
Ty Jagerson, VP of Corporate Development, SolFocus Inc.
Michael Weaver, CEO, Bionavatis
Christopher Scott, CFO, Bluefire Ethanol

3:00 – 4:15pm

Session 9 – Success Stories: High-Profile Western Companies

A session devoted to successful companies from the Western US, showcasing the region’s innovation and technical expertise. Companies will be drawn from across the cleantech sector and will represent the different sub-sectors included in the REFF-West conference agenda, e.g. wind, solar, biofuels, energy efficiency, green buildings, carbon finance. Each company will give a short presentation highlighting their achievements, and take part in a panel discussion, sharing success strategies for both companies and investors.

Stephen Hall, Partner, Stoel Rives

Ethan Zindler, Head of North American Research, New Energy Finance
Ken Westrick, CEO & Founder, 3TIER
John Woolard, CEO, Brightsource

4:15 – 4:25 PM


Michael Eckhart, President, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
John Geesman, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)

2008 Speakers

Phil Angelides
Chairman & Former California State Treasurer
Apollo Alliance
Raj Atluru
Managing Director
Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Ash Awad
Vice President of Energy Services
McKinstry Co.

Carl Borgquist
Grasslands Renewable
Michael Butler
President & CEO
Cascadia Capital
Maria Cantwell
US Senator
Gary Conley
Chairman & CEO
SolFocus Inc.
Angus Duncan
Oregon Global Warming Commission
Mike Eckhart
Christine Ervin
Christine Ervin Co.
Nicole Finerty
Evolution Markets
Nancy Floyd
Founder & Managing Director
Nth Power
John Geesman
Co-chair, ACORE Board of Directors
California Energy Commissioner
K.C. Golden
Climate Solutions Policy

Christian Gunter
Assistant Vice President,
Responsible Property Investing
Kennedy Associates

Stephen Hall
Stoel Rives

Ashley Henry
Energy Industry Liaison
Stoel Rives LLP

Mac Irvin
Managing Director

Anup Jacob
Virgin Green Fund
Dan Kalafatas
3 Degrees
David Kaplan
CTO & Founder
Arnold Klann
Bluefire Ethanol
Ben Lackey
Managing Attorney
Eric Markell
Puget Sound Energy
Greg Nickels
City of Seattle
Susan Nickey
Acciona Energy North America Corp.  
David Olsen
CA Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
Bruce Pasternack
Venture Partner

Ron Pernick
Cofounder and Managing Director
Clean Edge, Inc

Dan Reicher
Director of Climate-Change
& Environmental Initiatives

Mike Rosenfeld
UK Trade & Investment

Mark Schuster
CEO & Chairman
The Schuster Group

Rachel Shimshak
Executive Director
Renewable Northwest Project
Tom Starrs
Solar Energy Ventures, LLC
Matthew Trevithick

Kirk Van Alstyne
Founder and Managing Partner
Evolution Capital Advisors, LLC

Arthur Vos
Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Walsh
Managing Director, Renewable Energy
GE Energy Financial Services
Brian Weber
Manager - Transmission Strategy and Policy

Jon Wellinghoff
Ken Westrick
Founder & CEO
Tom White
Stark Investments
Dennis Wilde
Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions
Pat Wood
Former Commissioner
John Woolard
CEO & President
BrightSource Energy, Inc.
Bob Zak
President and General Manager
Powerit Solutions
Brad Zenger
Managing Director
Pivotal Investments
Ethan Zindler
Head of North American Research
New Energy Finance
Kostya Zolotusky
Managing Director
Boeing Capital
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