9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Keynote

Searching for the Ideal Mix in Electricity Production

Keynote Speaker: 
Richard Kauffman
Chairman of Energy Policy and Finance, State of New York

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM


Renewable Energy Market Overview

This panel will examine the renewable energy landscape exploring both the compliance and voluntary markets. Topics discussed will include trends in RPS-driven demand, RECs, and corporate on-site and off-site renewables strategies as well as legislative and other key market shaping factors.  

Gary Rahl 
Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Blaine Collison
Director of the US EPA Green Power Partnership, US EPA
Kevin Dodson
VP, MidAmerican Renewables

George Favoloro
Partner- Sustainable Business Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers

11:00 AM -11:45 AM


A Transforming Market: Solar Industry M&A

Over-capacity and scaled back policy will dominate the solar market in 2012. As the industry awaits clear signs on future pricing, the appetite of solar giants is growing. Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the solar sector totaled $5 billion in 15 transactions during the first quarter of 2012 (Mercom Capital Group). Solar manufacturers are competing with their clients in a market driven by supply. The industry shows signs of immaturity--such as Goldman Sachs pulling the plug on Brightsource’s IPO in April 2012. We’ll hear from the giants on who have survived the shakeup. How is venture capital investment intensifying in downstream sectors of the solar supply chain to foster greater ingenuity and streamlined services? How is M&A activity creating more robust and competitive solar companies and technologies? What are the long-term projections on solar M&A activity? 


Pablo Otin 
Country Manager- Head of North America, Gestamp Solar
Mathew Sachs 
Director of Business Development, Yingli Green Energy Americas

Greg Giammitorio
Partner, Morrison Foerster

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM


Electrification of Africa and India

A report by McKinsey published this year illustrated the cumulative market potential of PV technology in developed, undeveloped and emerging markets. The report painted a promising picture for PV penetration in developed and emerging markets with little or close to no grid infrastructure. In this discussion, speakers will delve into the project opportunities for solar and wind for these markets where renewables are less costly to deploy than traditional energy sources. We will hear about groundbreaking off-grid renewable generation technologies and see how they are being deployed and about the project environment in these areas.

John Moran
Vice President of Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) 
Pashupathy Gopalan
Vice President and General Manager SouthEast Asia and Sub Saharan Operations, SunEdison
Richenda Van Leeuwen
Executive Director of Energy and Climate- Energy Access Initiative team, UN Foundation


Timothy Ash 
Expert, McKinsey & Company


1:45 PM - 2:30 PM





2013 Financing Strategies for the Renewable Energy Sector

Large scale energy projects are shifting to tax equity to make up for expiring incentives. How will new asset classes such as PPA securitization, climate bonds, long-term debt instruments, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and master limited partnerships (MLPs) affect the funding pool for Renewable Energy? How do these sources influence the overall valuation of Energy Projects? What markets and types of projects are garnering the most attention from project financiers: concentrated vs. distributed, commercial vs. residential, biodiesel, solar, wind? What are the key components of an ideal project and what are the essential characteristics of a strong partnership? What remedies exist for streamlining the process of project development?


Michael Farrell
Director of Finance, EverPower
Albert Luu
Vice President of Structured Finance, SolarCity
Jonathan Plowe
Managing Director of New Energy and Infrastructure Solutions, Bank of America

Matt Haskins
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM


Energy Efficiency: How to Save Energy in Manufacturing?

Producing more using less energy is undoubtedly one of the most challenging prospects facing global industry in the 21st century. Lowering energy consumption in the production process can be accomplished by optimization of the manufacturing chain and logistics, modernization of machinery and tools used, and use of technologies specially created to save energy. We will review all of these opportunities, with examples from manufacturers who have succeeded in reducing their energy bill: how did they perform? What were their targets? What technologies did they use and what is the next step? Is it possible to reduce energy consumption year after year? Is there a limit?

Andrew Fanara
Sustainability Strategist & Market Principal, OSIsoft
Sarah Rambacher
Process, Power and FlexTech, NYSERDA

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM


Energy Efficiency in Facilities

Improving energy efficiency in buildings is a potential source of large savings. What can be achieved by refurbishing rather than renovating? How can projects be assessed when they have reached full potential in energy savings? What technologies are currently available? Do these savings make up for the costs of refurbishing? Again, we will go through concrete examples with energy officers, energy buyers, and facility managers who have supervised such projects.

Daniel Spitzer
Partner- Cleantech Practice Group Leader- Environment & Energy Practice Group, Hodgson Russ LLP
Michael Zimmerman
CEO, BuildingIQ

Harris Schaer
Commercial/Industrial Energy Efficiency, NYSERDA
David Pospisil
Manager of Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs, Consolidated Edison

Agrion Project
Net Zero Energy Building Framework

AGRION is bringing together the facility owners and managers of some of the largest sets of buildings in the world in order to define a framework for net zero energy buildings. The project is comprised of:

- Interviews
- A White Paper
- Best Practices
- An Agrion Label

This project will be unveiled at the Agrion New York Energy & Sustainability Summit. If you would like to know more, please contact: pamela.jao@agrion.org

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM


Green Startup and Technology Showcase

An essential component of the green ecosystem, startups inject innovation and new energy into the market. AGRION will select three transformative start-ups whose work in the clean energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability spaces is moving the needle on cleantech development. Sitting at the nexus of entrepreneurship and economic growth, these startups will utilize the AGRION showcase to pitch to investors by demonstrating their potential for meaningful impact and business growth. 

Jessica Copeland
Senior Associate, Hodgson Russ LLP
Masaru Tsuchiya 
VP of Technology and Co-Founder, SiEnergy Systems

John Atcheson
COO, Grist

5:15 PM - 7:15 PM