2013 Program

SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Welcome Reception

September 15, 2013

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Foyer Terrace & Exhibition Area
Four Seasons San Francisco

Join us for a drink and an initial meet and greet with your fellow event attendees on the eve of the conference.

Sponsored By:

Marathon Capital, LLC

Monday, September 16, 2013

7:30am Registration and Coffee
8:45am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session 1: Opening Keynote
This opening session will provide a backdrop for subsequent conference proceedings by giving high-level perspectives on public policy, financial markets and corporate strategy in the renewable energy sector.

  • Tom Steyer, Founder & Board Chair, Advanced Energy Economy Institute; Business Leader & Investor
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.

  • How has the renewable energy market evolved in the Western U.S.?
  • How is the energy mix changing in the U.S.?
  • What financing mechanisms are being used?
  • What are the business opportunities in western load centers?
  • How do western markets compare to other regions in the U.S.?
  • What technologies are most prominent in the West?
Chair: Speakers:
10:45am-11:15am Networking Refreshment BreaSponsored by: aee-2-color
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.

  • How are state renewable energy investment plans driving capital formation?
  • How are regulatory bodies serving as crucial partners, especially those working within ecosystems that are utility dependent?
  • What policies are driving the development of renewable energy projects?
  • How are California's Greenhouse Gas Emission inventory and other policies spurring development in renewable energy?
  • What types of project delivery do states prefer?
  • John MacWilliams, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Joseph Desmond, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Government Affairs, BrightSource Energy Inc.
  • Stephen Munro, US Policy Analyst and Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Michael Picker, Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Facilities, California Governor's Office
  • Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future (RFF)
  • Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University
  • Peter Davidson, Executive Director, U.S. Department of Energy: Loan Programs Office's (LPO)

Networking Lunch  Sponsored by: sunspeclogo

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.

  • Exploring how you can deal with 'First-Cost' effectively
  • Bridging the gap between late-stage venture capital and project finance: What elements of these two different funding mechanisms can work effectively in tandem?
  • High risk but high reward: What level of returns do you need to be able to generate on emerging technology projects to make it attractive given the high-risk climate? At what scale is the risk worth taking?
  • Crossing the 'Valley of Death' and moving from demonstration to deployment: How can you find a route to get these technologies to market
Chair: Speakers:
  • Lyndon Rive, CEO, SolarCity
  • Lynn Orr, Keleen & Carlton Beal Professor; Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

  • Ricardo Angel, Managing Director, GE Ventures

  • Mark T. Peters, Deputy Laboratory Director, Argonne National Laboratory
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.

  • What role do capital-light IT solutions have in this business?
  • How should the smart grid and/or microgrids play a role in the renewable energy industry?
  • How can digital technologies and data expedite financing?
  • What are some of the more innovative ways that Cleanweb solutions are catalyzing cleantech?



4:00pm-4:30pm Networking Refreshment Break   Sponsored by: aee-2-color
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?

  • Addressing the interaction of biofuels and natural gas in the transportation sector

  • What are the technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and in renewables?

  • Handling price variability

  • Is gas the resource of the future in the U.S. and abroad?

  • How can renewable energy enhance the efficiency of gas?



  • Doug Arent, Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

  • Steve Corneli, Senior Vice President, Policy & Strategy, NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Timothy Vail, CEO & Founder, G2X Energy
  • Jonathan Foster, CFO, LS9
5:30pm Close of Conference Sessions


Evening Networking Reception

September 16, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Yerba Buena Ballroom
Four Seasons San Francisco

Join us for our lavish evening networking reception at the end of Day One, for a chance to discuss the day's proceedings with fellow delegates, cement existing relationship and meet new business partners, in a relaxed informal setting.

 Sponsored by:


SMA Logo

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Networking Breakfast

September 17, 2013
8:00am - 8:45am

The Four Seasons

Raise your profile at our popular networking breakfast, where delegates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to their fellow conference attendees using a roving microphone.


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8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am-9:10am Conference Opens
  • Margaux Klein, Conference Producer, Euromoney Energy Events
  • Michael Brower, Interim President & CEO, ACORE

Session 7: Welcome & Keynote Presentation
The opening session on Day Two will feature a keynote address from a senior level industry executive, considering changing dynamics in the renewable energy markets and providing a context for the day's discussions.

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.

  • Other technologies: How to finance geothermal, biomass, waste-to-energy and other projects
  • The success of solar leasing models and whether they can be applied to other technologies
  • How to approach changing business models?
  • How to build a business around small projects?
  • Energy efficiency: How to better integrate EE with RE



12:30pm-2:00pm Networking Lunch   Sponsored by: sunspeclogo
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.

  • Looking at sustainability in a broader context : from smart infrastructure to waste energy systems (wood, pulp, paper, municipal solid waste…)
  • What are the current opportunities for PPPs?
  • Can West Coast technology be successfully applied globally?
Chair: Speakers:
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:

  • What are the ramifications of Suntech's bankruptcy and the potential expiration of PTC?
  • Potential consequences from consolidation and how will it change business models?
  • Consolidation around the generation and the development community, and what are the drivers and
    pricing considerations?
  • M&A outlook: will activity pick up as we go into 2014?
  • Ed Feo, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, Coronal Management LLC
  • Julia R. Pettit, Of Counsel, Stoel Rives LLP
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.

Keynote: Chair: Speakers:
  • Ed Feo, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, Coronal Management LLC
  • Anthony Eggert, Executive Director, U.C. Davis Policy Institute
  • Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California PUC
  • John Bohn, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Trust
  • Joncarlo Mark, Founder, Upwelling Capital Group
5:30pm Close of REFF-West 2013


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