8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Gregory Wetstone
President and CEO,

9:10 AM

Keynote Remarks

The Honorable Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator,
State of Oregon

9:30 AM

Keynote Remarks

The Honorable Chris Van Hollen
U.S. Senator,
State of Maryland

9:45 AM

The Latest from Congress

The Future of Federal Clean Energy Legislation: What’s Next from Congress
Panelists will reflect on recent and proposed clean energy legislation in Congress.

  • Implications of the final 2019 tax extenders package for renewable growth and investment, and prospects for progress on unfinished business
  • Federal Renewable Energy Policy 2.0: Discussion of the CLEAN Future Act, the GREEN Act, technology-neutral approaches to federal clean energy tax incentives, freestanding options for storage and offshore wind, and more


Sarah Webster
VP, Investor Relations, Government Relations & Corporate Communications,
Pattern Energy


Chris Conlin
Tax Counsel,
Senate Finance Committee

Aruna Kalyanam
Staff Director,
House Committee on Ways & Means,
Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures

Bill Parsons
Chief Operating Officer
American Council on Renewable Energy

JC Sandberg
Managing Director and Executive Counsel, Global Government Affairs and Policy
GE Renewable Energy

10:45 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM

The Role of Climate

The Impact of Climate Policy on Renewable Energy

Climate concerns are an increasingly significant driver for pro-growth policies in the renewable sector. Panelists will discuss the menu of climate policy options available and how they could affect renewable growth and investment.

  • How much we must accelerate renewable sector growth to meet the climate imperative
  • The strengths and weaknesses of leading climate policy options, both separately and in combination
  • The political viability of various proposals
  • The prominence of climate in the campaigns and how climate may shape election results 


Gregory Wetstone
President and CEO,


Abigail Ross Hopper
President and CEO,
Solar Energy Industries Association

Tom Kiernan
President and CEO,
American Wind Energy Association 

Ken Kimmell
Union of Concerned Scientists

Neera Tanden
Center for American Progress

12:25 PM

Keynote Remarks

The Honorable Paul Tonko
U.S. Representative,
New York’s 20th District

12:45 PM


1:45 PM

Keynote Remarks

The Honorable Daniel Simmons
Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
Department of Energy

2:15 PM

Clean Energy Standards

Pathways to 100%: Opportunities and Implications of Clean Energy Standards
The recent surge of state 100% commitments has elevated the role of states in driving sector expansion. Meanwhile, Congressional proposals for federal RES and CES legislation are gaining traction. Panelists will assess methods of compliance, implications for electricity markets, and prospects for additional state and federal policies.

  • How to turn goals into action: procurement needs, grid requirements and other opportunities and challenges
  • Design considerations of federal RES/CES legislation and how the Federal government can help enable achievement of state targets
  • Sector investment: is adequate capital available to achieve 100%?


Kevin Lynch
Managing Director External Affairs,
Avangrid Renewables


Blair Anderson
Director, AWS Public Policy,
Amazon Web Services

Ben Grumbles
Secretary of the Environment,
State of Maryland

Heather Reams
Executive Director,
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

Peter Wyckoff
Policy Advisor, Energy and Environment
Office of Senator Tina Smith

3:05 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

Keynote Conversation

Richard Glick
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Larry Eisenstat
Partner & Energy Group Chair
Crowell & Moring

4:00 PM

Power Markets and Transmission

Growing Renewables Through Market Reforms and Transmission Expansion
Panelists will reflect on how recent FERC decisions on wholesale markets and other regulatory actions may impact renewables, energy storage and transmission, and suggest mechanisms to remove market barriers.

  • Post-FERC Order No. 841: How can we expand market access for hybrid projects and greater storage participation?
  • Expanded transmission access: Transmission planning reforms and policy levers on the horizon?
  • Dynamic regional markets: What roles can energy imbalance markets and capacity markets play in the grid of tomorrow?
  • Other FERC issues: With the MOPR, BSM, resilience dockets and more, how do we ensure markets don’t slide backward while we try to reach clean energy imperatives?


Renee Eastman
Senior Director of Federal Affairs,
Salt River Project


Rob Gramlich
Founder and President,
Grid Strategies LLC

Joe Kelliher
Executive Vice President – Federal Regulatory Affairs,
NextEra Energy, Inc.

William L. “Bill” Murray
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications,
Dominion Energy

Eric Vandenberg
Deputy Director, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation,
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

4:50 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 - 6:30 PM


Join ACORE and our colleagues from the Alliance to Save Energy and AWEA for cocktails and conversation.

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