The 2019 program and speakers will be announced later this fall.

2018 Agenda

8:00 AM
Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 AM


Greg Wetstone
President &
Chief Executive Officer

9:15 - 9:32 AM

Keynote Address

Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senator (D-WA)

9:32 - 9:50 AM

Keynote Address

Lisa Murkowski
U.S. Senator (R-AK)

9:50 - 10:50 AM

Renewable Energy Finance and the New Tax Law

The tax package lowers corporate rates, changes how leading financiers of renewable energy are taxed, and potentially impacts the availability and cost of tax equity – a critical source of financing that is directly responsible for roughly 20% of annual U.S. renewable energy investment, and catalyzes much more. Leading financiers and other experts will explore how tax reform will impact renewable energy project finance, while also considering emerging opportunities and alternate sources of investment.


Greg Wetstone
President &
Chief Executive Officer

John Eber
Managing Director
Energy Investments
J.P. Morgan

Joan Hutchinson
Vice President
Origination & Business Development
Lincoln Clean Energy, LLC

Joe Mikrut
Capitol Tax Partners

10:50 - 11:05 AM
Networking Break
11:05 - 11:20 AM

Keynote Address

Robert F. Powelson
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

11:20 - 11:35 AM

Keynote Address

Michael Picker
California Public Utilities Commission

11:35 - 12:20 PM

American Renewable Energy Competitiveness: The Impact of Tariffs

High levels of U.S. investment in the renewables sector is important to maintaining our leadership role in a booming industry sector that was pioneered by American scientists and engineers. This session will evaluate the scope of the global business opportunity for renewable energy and the positioning of U.S. companies to compete. As the Administration responds to international trade concerns with new tariffs, panelists will discuss strategies to stimulate the continued growth of the American renewable energy sector. Topics will include:

  • Solar tariffs and international trade
  • Stimulating development and investment in the U.S.
  • Size of the global market; opportunities for export
  • Supporting advanced technologies that grow our footprint


Arthur Haubenstock
Vice President
Policy & Strategy
8minutenergy Renewables, LLC

Nigel Cockroft
General Manager

Christopher Mansour
Vice President
Federal Affairs
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Heather Reams
Managing Director
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

Scott Zajac
Chief Executive Officer
Rockwood Group

12:20 - 12:35 PM

Keynote Address

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Ranking Member
United States Senate Committee on Finance

12:35 - 1:35 PM
1:35 - 1:55 PM

Keynote Address

Andrew L. Ott
President & Chief Executive Officer

1:55 - 2:15 PM

Keynote Address

Mark W. Menezes
Under Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

2:15 - 3:30 PM

A Resilient, Reliable and Renewable Grid

As electricity markets adjust their strategies for grid reliability and resilience, decisionmakers are increasing their focus on the role of renewable energy. This session will begin with an expert presentation on electricity market design in a future with an increasingly high penetration of renewables, and will be followed by a panel discussion on:

  • Promoting resilience and reliability while ensuring payment for all resources
  • Opportunities for grid modernization and transmission expansion in the federal infrastructure package
  • Wholesale market approaches for pricing formation
  • Application of renewable energy and energy storage for crisis response
  • Potential adjustments to PURPA


Varun Sivaram
Vice President
Philip D. Reed Fellow, Science and Technology
Council on Foreign Relations
Featured Presentation

Todd Glass
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Marissa Gillett
Vice President, External Relations
Energy Storage Association

Patrick Reiten
Senior Vice President
Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co.

3:30 - 3:45 PM
Networking Break
3:45 - 4:00 PM

Keynote Address

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
United States Senate Committee on Finance

4:00 - 5:00 PM

The New Renewables Alliance: Cities, States and Businesses

In the face of federal retrenchment, states, local governments and corporations across the country are intensifying their commitments for renewable energy and GHG emissions reductions. Panelists will discuss:

  • Overview of key state and local developments and new initiatives
  • Evolution of regional greenhouse gas initiatives
  • The increasing Corporate and Industrial commitment to Renewable Energy / Sustainability
  • Impact of federal policy on state and local programs


Shannon Kellogg
Director of AWS Public Policy – Americas

Senator Frank Wagner
Virginia State Senate

Anne L. Kelly
Senior Director
Policy and BICEP Network

Brian Smith
State Government Relations and Public Policy Manager
WGL Energy