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7:30-8:30 Registration & Networking – Continental Breakfast
> Structured Networking Breakfast: 7:45-8:20 [info]

Network while you eat! The Structured Networking Breakfast is a hosted event designed to help you maximize networking with fellow attendees and solution providers.

8:30-9:15

Welcome & Keynote Panel
[Moderator] Bill Eddie, Chief Executive Officer, OneEnergy Renewables
- Kevin Helmich, Director of Power Origination, Iberdrola Renewables 
-
Nat Sahlstrom, Senior Manager, AWS Energy Strategy, Amazon Web Services, Inc.
- Letha Tawney, Director of Utility Innovation, World Resources Institute
 

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


Energy In
Context
1A Clean Energy Planning & Outlook for Oregon

Hear what the region’s energy planners are thinking concerning Oregon’s future electricity demand, resources, supply strategies, and regional grid integration – and the implications of these scenarios for the development of renewables and efficiency.

Moderator

- Sara Parsons, SunPower Corporation

Speakers

Franco Albi, Portland General Electric
- Wendy Gerlitz, Northwest Energy Coalition
- Cameron Yourkowski, Renewable Northwest



The Business of Renewables &
Efficiency
1B Efficiency & Market Transformation

Market transformation means creating structural changes that support efficiency without the need for traditional cash incentives. Explore developments regarding codes and federal & state standards, along with creative strategies for shifting standard practice.

Moderator

- Christopher Dymond, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Speakers

- Ryan Fedie, Bonneville Power Administration
- Jeff Harris, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance



Energy
Technology &
Innovation
1C Understanding Transactive Energy

Transactive energy (TE) adds an economic layer to the concept of “smart grid” so that the benefits of adding intelligence to the utility grid can be monetized and shared. Examine how TE can tie together and provide economic support for distributed generation, demand response, storage, and electric vehicles, by rewarding participants for the value these technologies deliver to the grid.

Moderator

- Bryce Yonker, Smart Grid Northwest

Speakers

Peter Gregory, Green Energy Corp.
- Juliet Homer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Gordon Matthews, Bonneville Power Administration

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


Energy In
Context
2A How Do We Move Away From Fossil Fuels

Join a discussion of the real-world implications and practical needs associated with the move off of fossil fuels – for both electricity production and transportation – including future implementation scenarios and how to address issues regarding supply, cost, reliability, and end-user equity.

Moderator

- Kristen Sheeran, Climate Solutions

Speakers

- Ralph Cavanagh, National Resources Defense Council
- Jana Gastellum, Oregon Environmental Council
- Dave Robertson, Portland General Electric
- Curtis Robinhold, Port of Portland



The Business of Renewables &
Efficiency
2B Renewables Market Update: Solar & Small Hydro

Solar is currently the most active sector of renewables development, while interest is growing for in-pipe hydro tied to irrigation systems. Learn about the status of these very different renewable energy sources and the economics and other factors that drive them.

Moderator

- Dave McClelland, Energy Trust of Orgeon

Speakers

- Jeff Bissonnette, Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association
Cindy Dolezel, Oregon Public Utility Commission
- Julie Davies O'Shea, Farmers Conservation Alliance



Energy
Technology &
Innovation
2C How Technology is Changing the Efficiency World

Information technology is becoming an important component of the push for energy efficiency. Explore how new hardware and software tools are being employed to better manage energy use, support behavior change, measure non-energy benefits, and evaluate program results.

Moderator

- Emily Kemper, CLEAResult

Speakers

- Hannah Kramer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Sce Pike, IOTAS, Inc.
- Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric

12:30-2:00 LUNCH & Keynote Address:
     David Hardy, Senior Vice President of Sales, Vestas - American Wind Technology, Inc.
2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks


Energy In
Context
3A Changing the Political Equation for Clean Energy

Explore the process of building political support for renewables and efficiency in the Oregon legislature, and how the issue can be depoliticized – along with a review of the 2016 legislative session, a look ahead to 2017, and the potential role of ballot measures.

Moderator

- Tim Miller, Enhabit

Speakers

- Representative Cliff Bentz, Oregon State Legislature
- Senator Chris Edwards, Oregon State Legislature
- Representative Barbara Smith Warner, Oregon State Legislature
- Representative Jessica Vega Pederson, Oregon State Legislature



The Business of Renewables &
Efficiency
3B Efficiency Strategies: New Ways to Reach End-Users

Large scale increases in residential and commercial efficiency will require new thinking and new strategies. Learn about innovative approaches being deployed, such as working through retail channels, emphasizing non-energy benefits, building disclosure programs, and new financing options.

Moderator

- Linda Dethman, Research Into Action

Speakers

- Alexandra Dunn, Research Into Action
- James Russell, CLEAResult
- Mark Wyman, Energy Trust of Oregon



Energy
Technology &
Innovation
3C Storage What Can We Expect

Energy storage projects have been around long enough to deliver real-world performance results. Review learnings from pilots and commercial projects that reveal whether these deployments are meeting expectations, both technically and financially, and where we are on the path to market adoption.

Moderator

- Ted Schilling, GHD

Speakers

- Virgil Beaston, Powin Energy
- Conrad Eustis, Portland General Electric
- John Fernandes, RES Americas
- Lon Huber, Strategen Consulting

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


Energy In
Context
4A The Call for Customer Choice

Large electricity customers are asking for access to green power that is distinct from a utility’s standard resource mix, but regulatory barriers stand in the way. Examine the market forces involved, along with the path to changing the current power supply framework, and utility concerns over supplier quality and rate impacts.

Moderator

- David Brown, Obsidian Finance Group, LLC

Speakers

- Richard Lorenz, Cable Huston LLP
- Brian Spak, Portland General Electric
- Letha Tawney, World Resources Institute



The Business of Renewables &
Efficiency
4B Renewables Market Update: Bio-Energy

With evolving technologies and lowered costs, bio-based energy projects continue to move forward. Explore a set of projects covering biogas from digesters, wood-based jet fuel, and thermal energy from forest biomass.

Moderator

- Marcus Kauffman, Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Speakers

Andrew Haden, Wisewood, Inc.
- Jeff Manternach, Red Rock Biofuels LLC
- Dave Moldal, Energy Trust of Oregon



Energy
Technology &
Innovation
4C Energy Technologies Revisited

It may be time to take a new look at technologies that are omitted in most conversations about clean energy. Review the technology status and potential of small-scale nuclear, municipal waste-to-energy, and combined heat and power (CHP).

Moderator

- Tyler Cluverius, Northwest Environmental Business Council 

Speakers

- Anna Chittum, Gridkraft
- Christopher Colbert, NuScale Power, LLC
- Matthew Marler, Covanta

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception