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7:30-8:30 Registration & Networking – Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:15


Welcome & Keynote Address

      Jim Piro, President & CEO, Portland General Electric

9:30-10:45 Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

1A The Politics of Clean Energy
A number of clean energy initiatives are before the legislature in Salem this year. Hear how the field is shaping up and what bills have a chance of making it through the legislative gauntlet. And looking beyond this session, what will it take to rebuild political support for what has become a partisan issue.

Moderator
- David Brown, Obsidian Renewables, LLC
Speakers
- John Audley, Sustainable Northwest
- Daniel Bates, Thorn Run Partners
- Margi Hoffmann, Office of Governor Kate Brown
- Sunny Radcliffe, Portland General Electric



The Business of Renewable Energy

1B Growing the Market for Renewables
Despite the diminished availability of direct incentives, and utilities’ fulfillment of their RPS requirements, scalable market opportunities remain for renewables due to reduced installation costs and market innovations. Examine how utility “green tariff” products and evolving power purchase structures can respond to customer demand for direct renewable energy purchasing.

Moderator
- Dave Moldal, Energy Trust of Oregon 
Speakers
Bill Eddie, OneEnergy Renewables
- Brendan McCarthy, Portland General Electric
Michael O'Brien, Renewable Northwest



The Business of Energy Efficiency

1C The Changing Economics for Efficiency
Energy efficiency in Oregon is under threat. The low hanging fruit has been picked, gas prices are low and expected to stay there, electricity prices remain low, and regulators are holding firm in their approach to cost effectiveness. At the same time, concern over climate change is rising, the pool of potential savings remains high, participant interest is high, technology is advancing, and the capacity of the energy efficiency industry is at an all-time high. Discuss where we go from here, what has to change, and how do we start.

Moderator
- Scot Davidson, Clean Energy Works
Speakers
Jeff Harris, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
John Morris, CLEAResult
- Stan Price, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council



Grid
Perspectives


1D Building a Flexible & Efficient Transmission System
This country’s transmission system was built on a cornerstone of reliability, but growth and the integration of renewables are requiring efficiency and flexibility to be added to the list of performance objectives. Review how grid operators are responding through creative thinking and new technologies, along with new market mechanisms such as Energy Imbalance Markets.

Moderator
- Diane Broad, Oregon Department of Energy
Speakers
-Rachel Dibble, Bonneville Power Administration
- Ron Melton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- John Schaffroth, PacifiCorp

10:45-11:15 Networking Break
11:15-12:30 Session 2 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

2A Energy Planning Current Perspectives
Hear what the region’s energy planners are thinking concerning Oregon’s future energy demand, resources, and supply strategies. Review the roles that natural gas, renewables, and efficiency will play, along with the challenge of long-term planning in today’s volatile environment.

Moderator
- Diane Henkels, Henkels Law LLC
Speakers
- Franco Albi, Portland General Electric
- Tom Eckman, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
- Mon-Fen Hong, Black & Veatch
- Wendy Gerlitz, Northwest Energy Coalition

- Dan Kirschner, Northwest Gas Association



The Business of Renewable Energy

2B Managing Renewables Integration
Integrating the growing supply of renewable energy is putting new demands on the ingenuity of transmission and distribution system operators. Examine the on-the-ground challenges they face, and new initiatives being implemented to deal with these distributed and variable resources.

Moderator
- Bruce Hamilton, Navigant Consulting, Inc.  
Speakers
- Salah Kitali, Bonneville Power Administration
- John Schaffroth, PacifiCorp
- Blaine Sundwall, EDF Renewable Energy



The Business of Energy Efficiency
2C Market Mechanisms to Drive Efficiency
The decision to implement efficiency is often more complex than simple internal economics on the part of the facility owner, and may be influenced by social and market forces. Explore initiatives that are designed to leverage these forces in order to motivate and reward efficiency adoption, along with the data sources that can support these efforts.

Moderator
- Tim Miller, Clean Energy Works
Speakers
Erik Larson, Building Energy
- Vinh Mason, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
- Mark Rehley, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance



Grid
Perspectives

2D Linking Demand Side & Supply Side
Demand response, or voluntary load curtailment, is a proven way to cut demand in the face of supply shortages. Now this approach is being considered as part of the overall demand/supply balance, with the potential for smoothing out both sides of the equation. Review tests of DR as a resource and the role that “smart grid” technologies can play.

Moderator
Stephan Williams, Smart Grid Northwest 
Speakers
- Peter Brown, 38 Zeros
- James Mater, QualityLogic, Inc.
- Ken Nichols, EQL Energy

12:30-2:00


LUNCH & Keynote Address
     Karl Rábago, Executive Director, Energy & Climate Center, Pace University School of Law

2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

3ACarbon Regulation & Clean Energy
Renewables and efficiency have long been cornerstones of a greenhouse gas reduction strategy. Now putting a price or restrictions on CO2 could dramatically boost the market for these projects. Examine how the goal of carbon reduction is impacting regulatory thinking about coal, while EPA 111(d) initiative creates a framework for state action.

Moderator
- Joel Bluestein, ICF International 
Speakers
- Aster Adams, Oregon Public Utility Commission
- Rick Link, PacifiCorp

- Colin McConnaha, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Jessica Shipley, Oregon Dept. of Energy



The Business of Renewable Energy

3B Energy Technology Showcase
Explore the cutting edge of renewables development through a set of rapid-fire case study presentations covering a range of emerging technologies and applications – and the business lessons they offer.

Moderator
Megan Higgins, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Speakers
Andrew Haden, Wisewood, Inc.
Ray McCormack, ECO-Auger International, Inc.

- Alex Schay, Carbon Solutions Northwest
- David Stowe, The Ardell Group



The Business of Energy Efficiency

3C Selling Efficiency in a Low-Rate World
Oregon’s historically low energy prices have always been a challenge for those selling businesses on efficiency investments. Learn about some of the creative sales and financing approaches being used by energy services providers in this marketplace.
Moderator
- Mandy Putney, EnviroIssues
Speakers
- Tom Konicke, McKinstry
- Joe O'Donnell, Ameresco, Inc.
- Ross Reida, TIP Capital



Grid
Perspectives


3D New Models for Utility Regulation
Utilities operate within the confines of regulations that, in many cases, were designed for a different time and different challenges. Learn how some states, like New York, are rethinking old models – plus other methods being tried to incentivize utility flexibility and innovation.

Moderator
- Lisa Rackner, McDowell, Rackner & Gibson PC
Speakers
- Jason Eisdorfer, Oregon Public Utility Commission
- Joelle Steward, Pacific Power

- Jay Tinker, Portland General Electric

- Karl Rábago, Pace University School of Law

3:15-3:45 Networking Break
3:45-5:00 Session 4 Concurrent Tracks


Energy In Context

4A Electric Utility Perspectives
Hear from utility executives as they weigh in on the changing landscape they face as it relates to clean energy – including the planning challenges tied to renewables and electric vehicles, the creative opportunities they see, their concerns about potential rate impacts and equity issues, and what they would like to see from regulators. 

Moderator
- Betsy Kauffman, Energy Trust of Oregon
Speakers
Scott Bolton, Pacific Power
- Dan James, PNGC Power

- Dave Robertson, Portland General Electric



The Business of Renewable Energy

4B Models for Community Renewables 
Many supporters of renewable energy do not have the finances or location to host their own projects, and Oregon doesn’t have many alternative models to offer. Explore collective ownership programs and case examples from other states whereby individuals or communities can invest in renewables development.

Moderator
- Dick Wanderscheid, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Speakers
- Larry Blaufus, Clark County PUD
- Tom Hunt, Clean Energy Collective


The Business of Energy Efficiency

4C New Frontiers in Behavior Management
There is a growing understanding among efficiency practitioners about the central – and often confounding – role played by building occupants in determining building performance. Examine current developments that demonstrate how technology can help to shape and maintain positive behaviors.

Moderator
- Vivek Shandes, Portland State University
Speakers
- Dana Cofer, Tendril, Inc.
- Naomi Cole, CLEAResult
- Alexandra Dunn, Research Into Action, Inc.



Grid
Perspectives

4D Storage in Action Projects & Value Streams
Is large-scale energy storage finally coming of age? Get the latest on storage installations in the Northwest - what we are learning in 2015, how storage systems can be designed to capitalize on multiple value streams, and how Northwest utilities are funding the next round of energy storage projects.

Moderator
- Rebecca O'Neil, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 
Speakers 
- Patrick Balducci, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Brian Skeahan, Klickitat PUD

- Jason Zyskowski, Snohomish County PUD

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception