2019 Agenda

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks


Gregory Wetstone
President and CEO
American Council on Renewable Energy

9:15 - 10:00 AM

Keynote Address

To Be Announced

10:00-11:00 AM

Federal Policy Priorities in Today’s Renewable Economy

Competing head to head with other generation, renewable energy is standing on its own economically as federal incentives wind down. According to ACORE analysis, renewables can fuel $1 trillion in private investment between 2018 and 2030 and help stay within striking distance of the Paris Accord. However, our aging grid infrastructure and mixed policy signals may get in the way of this expansion. This panel will evaluate federal policy pathways to continue the recent booming pace of renewable investment, including:

  • Infrastructure policy priorities for transmission, storage and renewable generation
  • Energy storage and technology-neutral tax credits
  • Eased siting and permitting processes

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President and CEO


Kellie Donnelly
Chief Counsel,
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

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Pat Reiten
Senior Vice President of Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway


Virinder Singh
Director – Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
EDF Renewable Energy


Sarah Webster
Vice President, Investor Relations,
Government Relations and Corporate Communications
Pattern Energy

11:00 - 11:40 AM


11:40 - 12:30 PM

The New Climate Politics

With a new Congress, calls for a “Green New Deal,” and growing subnational efforts to limit GHG emissions, climate policy has returned to the nation’s political discourse with renewed fervor. This panel will confront the realities of today’s political environment while addressing the need for immediate action on climate change. Key topics include:

  • Potential approaches and timing for carbon pricing legislation
  • The Impact of momentum for a “Green New Deal”
  • Opportunities for bipartisan collaboration
  • The potential role of carbon pricing and/or of a national renewable energy directive
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Julia Pyper
Senior Editor
Greentech Media

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Alex Flint
Executive Director
Alliance for Market Solutions

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Heather Reams
Executive Director
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

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Neera Tanden
Center for American Progress

12:30 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 2:15 PM


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The Honorable Jamie Raskin
United States Representative
United States Congress

2:15 - 3:15 PM

State of the States: How Ambitious New Targets are Driving Demand for Renewables

State renewable energy directives remain an essential way to accelerate demand in an uncertain federal environment. Incoming governors and state legislators are creating new opportunities for market expansion, while current champions explore increasingly ambitious commitments. Speakers will reflect on these opportunities and also consider states that may present important challenges for future growth.

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Peter Freed
Energy Strategy Manager


John Stephenson
Senior Manager,
US Public Policy

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:00 PM

Keynote Addresses


Chairman Neil Chatterjee
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Nicholas A. (Nick) Brown
President and CEO,
Chairman, Corporate Governance Committee
Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

4:00 - 5:00 PM

The Renewables Revolution in U.S. Power Markets

While the grid was originally designed for one-directional delivery of power from fossil generators, and in some parts of the country, hydro-electric facilities, renewables are changing the way power generators and consumers interact with the system. Reflecting on ongoing market design changes and resilience efforts, this panel will address how FERC and our nation’s power markets can better facilitate renewable energy’s role in grid operations.

  • Efforts to increase regional grid interconnectivity, particularly in the West
  • Approaches to site, finance and deploy new transmission in coordination with state regulators and FERC
  • Regulatory incentives to promote investment in advanced infrastructure, renewables plus storage, and new technologies that promote system reliability

Kevin Gresham
Vice President, Government Relations & External Affairs
E.ON North America


Craig Gordon
Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs


Elizabeth Salerno
Economic Advisor
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


John Sterling
Director, Market & Policy Affairs
First Solar

5:00 - 7:00 PM