Power & Renewables Summit 2018 will gather industry views on how renewable integration, decarbonization, sector electrification and the growing need for increased capacity and flexibility are impacting electricity systems. Join a two-day conversation around financing strategies, business model shifts, demand and regulatory updates as leaders across the energy value chain decipher how these profound transformations will reshape power markets over the next 10-to-20 years.​

Defining How Decarbonization Will Shape The Power Markets of Tomorrow

The proliferation of renewables is catalyzing a tectonic shift in power markets, resulting in all-time low wholesale electricity prices while raising questions over grid integration and capacity issues, showing the growing importance of flexibility and immense market opportunities for storage and decentralization.

These disruption drivers add up to an even bigger wave of transformations that will reshape power markets over the next two decades: from Electric Vehicle mass adoption to the unprecedented decarbonization commitment from hundreds of corporate giants and big municipalities.

In the meantime, the downward trend in wholesale electricity prices is challenging renewable project financing, prompting hedging and other financing tools that can mitigate risks associated with price volatility and  regulatory uncertainty. However, the key question remains: How are markets responding to these offtake agreements?

Speakers

Initial speakers are being confirmed and will be announced soon.

Advisory Board

Khalil Shalabi
Khalil Shalabi
Vice President, Strategy, Technology & Markets, Austin Energy

Khalil Shalabi is Vice President of Strategy, Technology, and Markets. He joined Austin Energy in December 2013.

Shalabi has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the electric utility industry. His diverse work history includes research and development; resource planning and acquisition; project evaluation including renewable energy, business development, long-range planning, and market analysis; and nuclear power plant engineering, maintenance, and operations. He also has experience in treasury and corporate risk management. Prior to joining Austin Energy, Shalabi served as chief technology officer and director of Research and Development and Strategic Planning for the New York Power Authority.

Shalabi has a Master of Business Administration in finance and management from New York University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also completed a certificate course at the Vermont Law School on legal essentials for utility executives.

Shay Bahramirad
Shay Bahramirad
Director of Distribution System Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation, ConEd

Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, the Director of Smart Grid and Technology, serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Technical Chair of the 2016 IEEE PES T&D Conference, Advisory Committee Member of the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy, Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Electricity Journal, special issue on Energy of the Future Applications to Illinois.

Doug McMahon
Doug McMahon
Vice President of Strategy, New York Power Authority

Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state public power organization. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s 2020 strategic vision - transforming The Authority into a 21st century utility of the future. In addition, Doug leads the creation of new strategic programs aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing innovative solutions to make the energy system more efficient and the grid more resilient. He has over 15 years’ experience helping utilities navigate complex technology, regulatory or market change across generation, transmission and distribution businesses.

Mark van Gerven
Mark van Gerven
Vice President, Solar, Shell New Energies

Marc is responsible for Shell’s Solar activities globally and heads up the Shell New Energies office located in San Francisco, California. The office is active in a diverse range of operation, including New Fuels, Connected Energy, Shell Technology Ventures and Solar. Prior to joining Shell, Marc served as the Regional Vice President, Africa, Europe, and Turkey at First Solar. As part of his role he led a multi-national team that covered business development and sales operations from offices in Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Morocco and South Africa. Marc joined First Solar in 2011, where his responsibilities included the incubation of new business models and market segments globally, the leadership of the Company’s strategic marketing functions including the Company’s corporate development activities, as well as the development and implementation of a global accounts sales strategy and team.

Before his transition to First Solar, Marc was the Chief Executive Officer of Q-Cells North America where he built a turnkey solar power plant business in the distributed generation market serving Utilities and IPP’s. He was also part of the founding team of Solaria, a solar technology startup. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for an Upstream Oil & Gas business segment at GE and spent four years with Chevron Geothermal, where he developed large scale geothermal power production projects in Asia and Latin America.

Marc currently serves on the Shell Foundation “Energy Company of the Future” Advisory Board. He previously served on the Boards of Powerhive and Clean Energy Collective as well as the Solar Energy Industries Association and Solar Power Europe.

Barrett Stambler
Barrett Stambler
Vice President, Renewable Origination, Avangrid Renewables

Barrett has more than 20 years experience in the renewable energy business with Avangrid Renewables and its predecessor PPM Energy, PacifiCorp, U.S. Windpower, Calpine, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Barrett oversees Avangrid Renewables’ wind sales and marketing activities across the U.S. and Canada and is also responsible for expanding the company's customer relationships there. Prior to this he served as managing director of renewable origination. He has been integral to the company's wind power business from its earliest days, including its first-ever power purchase agreement for Stateline Wind Energy Center in 2001.

Barrett holds a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.B.A. from Yale University.

Julia Zuckerman
Julia Zuckerman
Manager, Policy & Market Strategy, NRG Energy

Julia leads engagement on policy and regulatory issues related to NRG's renewable energy development, including distributed solar, community solar, and utility-scale wind and solar. She currently serves on the boards of the Coalition for Community Solar Access and the Large-Scale Solar Association.  Prior to joining NRG in 2015, Julia was a Principal in Energy Finance at Climate Policy Initiative, where she co-authored numerous reports on clean energy finance and policy. Her previous work experience includes positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York City Office of Management and Budget.  Julia holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a BA from Brown University.

Jonathan Adelman
Jonathan Adelman
Area Vice President for Strategic Resource and Business Planning, Xcel Energy

Jonathan Adelman has been employed by Xcel Energy since 2002 and has worked in a number of areas at the Company including Commercial Trading Operations, Finance, Human Resources and Marketing.  Jonathan is currently the Area Vice President for Strategic Resource and Business Planning.  In this role, he oversees the Company’s long-term generation strategy and business planning activities for Xcel Energy four operating utilities, which includes facilitating and developing asset and financial plans.   Xcel Energy, an electric and gas utility with service territory in eight Western and Midwestern states, serving 3.3 million electricity customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers.

Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Jonathan worked in public accounting.  He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Accounting with special attainments in Commerce and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant.

Gary Durden
Gary Durden
Managing Director, CohnReznick Capital

Gary is a Managing Director with CohnReznick Capital and is based in the New York office. He provides transaction management and advisory services for clients in the sustainable energy sector, including corporate M&A, capital raises, and structured finance solutions for wind and solar projects.

Gary was previously a Senior Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services where he led deal teams in the structuring, diligence, and negotiation of investments in renewable energy projects in the US and Canada.  While at EFS he closed equity investments in over 2,000MW of utility-scale and C&I wind and solar projects, including tax equity, cash equity, and sale lease-back transactions.  Prior to GE EFS, Gary worked at Standard & Poor’s developing models used by commercial banks for assessing the credit risk of C&I companies. 

Earlier in his career, Gary served as an officer in the United States Navy where he supervised the operation of the nuclear reactor plants on an aircraft carrier and taught college-level classes to university students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Gary is a CFA charter holder and earned an MBA from Villanova University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Florida.

Jack Godshall
Jack Godshall
Vice President, Origination , Invenergy

Jack Godshall leads Invenergy’s Origination group, responsible for sales and marketing activity for the company’s solar, wind, natural gas and advanced energy storage portfolio.  Prior to his current role, he formed and led Invenergy’s Corporate Development group, charged with development M&A and strategic planning. Godshall has over a decade of development, M&A, and sales and marketing experience, primarily in the power industry.  Since joining Invenergy in 2010, Godshall has transacted on over 5,000 MW of generation currently operating or under contract. Before joining the company, Godshall held various development positions with urban real estate firms in New York City. He earned a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Philip Bassil
Philip Bassil
Senior Vice President & Country Manager - Canada, Marathon Capital

Philip Bassil is Senior Vice President and Country Manager for Marathon Capital, LLC in Canada. He is focused on the Canadian energy and infrastructure sectors. Philip has over 15 years of international business, finance and energy experience in Canada, the US and Europe.

Before joining Marathon Capital, Philip was a Managing Director with BSM Global Partners, Inc. focused on delivering investment banking, merger and acquisition (M&A), capital raising, corporate finance and strategic advisory services to clients in the power, energy and infrastructure sectors across Canada. He earlier served as a respected equity analyst covering the power, utility and the energy services sectors in Canada with a boutique investment bank, as well as an equity research associate covering the technology sector at Scotia Capital on Bay Street in Toronto.

Philip is a sought-after thought-leader and speaker at industry events and conferences including the Euromoney Renewable Energy Finance Forum and the Canadian Clean Energy Ontario Feed-In-Tariff Forum.

Philip earned an MBA from the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Computer Science with the Electrical Engineering stream from TUNS. He has also successfully completed Level 1 and 2 of the CFA designation, and the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) as well as the PDO.

Grant Brummels
Grant Brummels
Senior Manager, Corporate Engineering, Exelon

Grant Brummels leads the Predix implementation for fossil, hydro, wind, solar and battery storage. He is also responsible for engineering governance, oversight and support of Exelon’s wind and solar business. He has spent 13 years in the power generation sector, focused primarily on renewable technologies. Throughout that time, he has held roles that oversaw or supported origination, development, design, finance and operation of renewable projects. Prior to his current role, Brummels was Sr. Manager, Generation Development at Exelon Generation, and Sr. Manager, Design Engineering and Applied Sciences at Exelon Wind. Before joining Exelon, he served as Director, Technical Services at Foresight Renewables. Brummels holds a Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from Northern Arizona University.

Vanessa Miler
Vanessa Miler
Renewable Energy Strategy, Microsoft

Vanessa is a Renewable Energy Strategist at Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations,  working on energy strategy, renewable energy procurement and investment. She counts on 10 years+ of experience in unlocking capital for renewable energy and environment projects in EMEA and emerging markets. Vanessa has experience across the public and private sectors, and she was a former senior adviser on climate finance and negotiations at the French Ministry of Finance. A French and Indian national, Vanessa holds a masters from Sciences-Po Paris and the ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

Abe Azar
Abe Azar
Vice President, Equity Research, Deutsche Bank

Abe Azar is a Vice President in the Deutsche Bank US Utilities and Power equity research team and has lead coverage of the listed Independent Power Producers.  Abe also plays a central role in developing the team's views on competitive power market thematics.  Abe joined Deutsche Bank in 2014 from PSEG, where he worked for six years.  During his time at PSEG, Abe worked on the sale of the company's Texas combined cycles and its ten-year service contract to manage the Long Island power grid.  Abe holds a BS in Finance and Information Systems and an MBA, both from New York University-Stern School of Business.

Melissa Kemp
Melissa Kemp
Director of Policy, Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables

Melissa is the Director of Policy, Northeast for Cypress Creek Renewables - one of the largest solar developers in the US and a long-term owner and operator of utility and community-scale solar projects with an operating portfolio of over 1,000 MW to date. She has over a decade of experience in the solar market in the Northeast, including extensive government policy experience coupled with significant development and technical expertise. She has experience advocating for and developing solutions on many key topics including value of DER tariffs, ISO wholesale market structures, interconnection processes and standards, RPS structures, RPS procurements, REC systems, and carbon cap and trade markets, as well as experience with siting and property tax issues. She holds a BS from Princeton University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissaakemp/

Chris Archer
Chris Archer
Managing Director, Head of Green Energy Americas, Macquarie Capital

Chris joined Macquarie Capital’s infrastructure team as a graduate in 2007 and has worked across advisory and investment in PPP, renewable energy projects and
infrastructure M&A. In the last 5 years, he led the Macquarie team investing into a range of sectors from solar and offshore wind, to waste to energy and biomass.
The team invested more than €1.4 billion of balance sheet capital, primarily as equity, facilitating transactions in excess of €10bn on behalf of its clients.
In August 2017, MacCap led the acquisition of the Green Investment Bank from the UK Government and merged this with its existing renewable energy investment
team. Chris became deputy head of the combined Green Investment Group team in MacCap Europe. He has recently relocated to lead the Green Energy team for
Macquarie Capital in New York. Chris has a Masters in Civil Engineering from Imperial College and a Masters in Finance from INSEAD.

Laura Stern
Laura Stern
President, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC

Laura E. Stern is the President of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, which she cofounded in 2006. Under her leadership, the company has grown to become one
of the leading solar developers and third-party asset managers in the US. With over twenty years of finance and power industry experience, Ms. Stern has sourced, structured and executed over $3 billion of power, energy and infrastructure investments. During her banking career, she specialized in originating and structuring renewable energy debt financings in the wind, hydro and biomass sectors. Ms. Stern has also sourced and executed senior debt financings for greenfield power development and acquisitions of distressed assets.

Ms. Stern began her career as a consultant, advising the Philippine Government on the privatization of its power, water and wastewater sectors. She holds an AB
with honors from Harvard University and a MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

She has been an Elected Director on the SEIA Board of Directors since 2014, currently serving as Treasurer.

Sotiris Georgiopoulos
Sotiris Georgiopoulos
Head of Smart Grid Development, UK Power Networks

Sotiris is the head of smart grid development at UK Power Networks, responsible for business rollout of the successful innovation projects and the delivery of UK Power Networks’ DSO strategy.  Sotiris has over 10 years experience with UK Power Networks in the areas of innovation, construction and energy services development.

Michael Foster
Michael Foster
Director of Procurement, Origis Energy

Michael has worked in the power and utility industry for nearly ten years. His experience started managing the supply chain for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). During his time at SDG&E Michael focused on the sourcing and contracting for utility and community energy storage, substation and transmission construction, aviation and utility owned solar generation. After spending four years with SDG&E, Michael moved to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power where he led the strategic supply chain for utility scale solar, wind and energy storage for nearly 4 years. In late 2016, Michael joined Origis Energy as their Director of Procurement. He is currently leading the global sourcing and contracting efforts to support the development and construction of the Origis Energy solar and energy storage pipeline, which currently exceeds 1GW+ of projects through 2021. Michael has also completed research engagements for General Atomics into the feasibility of algae to oil facilities in the Pacific.

Michael has Master of Business Administration in Supply Chain/Operations Management from San Diego State University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Bachelor of the Arts in Philosophy both from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

Santosh Raikar
Santosh Raikar
Managing Director, Renewable Energy Investments, State Street

Santosh Raikar currently heads the renewable energy investments group at State Street that invests in tax equity investments. Since joining the group in January 2012, State Street has provided close to $2 bn in tax equity commitments primarily in wind and solar sectors. Santosh has more than 16 years of experience in energy and infrastructure finance with expertise in renewable energy, oil & gas, power, and midstream infrastructure assets. Santosh previously worked at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers in principal finance areas. During his finance career, Santosh has underwritten more than $6 billion of investments across the capital structure as a principal investor. Santosh also teaches a full-semester graduate level course titled “Renewable Energy Investments” at Carroll School of Management (Boston College). Santosh holds a Master of Science in Technology and Policy Program from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Mumbai.

Rafael Belda
Rafael Belda
Director, Renewables & Infrastructure, ENGIE México

Rafael Belda Marin joined the ENGIE group in 2017 as Renewable and Infrastructure Director. During his more than 17 years of professional experience he has been leading infrastructure and energy assets both in Europe and LATAM, with direct participation in their development, structuring, execution and operation.

In recent years he has been focused on the promissing Mexican energy sector triggered by new energy Reform acting as ABENGOA's México Business Development Director. Throughout his carrer, he has served leading positions with CINTRA, Iberdrola and Acciona. Rafael holds an MsC. Civil Engineer by Universidad
Politécnica de Valencia. He obtained an MBA from IESE Business School and has specialized in corporate finance, financial modelling, capital markets and
liquidity risk with several modules at Wharton, CEIBS and IEB.

Kelly Speakes-Backman
Kelly Speakes-Backman
CEO, Energy Storage Association (ESA)

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors, including organizations such as United Technologies, SunEdison and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.  She is a mechanical engineer from Boston University.

Victoria Beasley
Victoria Beasley
Principal, Prelude Ventures

Victoria joined Prelude Ventures in 2016 upon completing her MBA and MS in Environment & Resources at Stanford University.  During her time at Stanford, Victoria worked at the Boston Consulting Group and started an agriculture supply chain company.  For her MS Capstone, Victoria authored a comparative feasibility study evaluating utility-scale solar across various Sub-Saharan African markets.

Prior to graduate school, Victoria was Director of Finance at Suniva, a venture-backed solar manufacturer and one of Prelude’s portfolio companies.  At Suniva, Victoria was instrumental in raising capital, expanding manufacturing globally, and executing sales.  She was also a Special Projects Leader at d.light, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of solar lighting and power products.  During her time at d.light, Victoria worked across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop the company’s asset financing solution to allow low-income customers to pay over time.  Victoria began her career in investment banking at Cary Street Partners.

Victoria holds an MBA, MS in Environment & Resources, and Certificate in Public Management & Social Innovation from Stanford University, where she was an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow and a Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco Scholar.  Victoria also holds a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Copland Scholar.

Victoria serves on the board of directors of Yerdle and is actively involved in the firm's investments in Scoop, ClearMetal, Sense Photonics, Powerhive, Pivot Bio, Ripple, Nyriad and Metalenz.

agenda 2018 Conference Themes
  • Defining the Power Markets of Tomorrow
  • Financing Renewable Projects in an Era of Record-Low Wholesale Prices
  • Shifting Policies Impacting Wind and Solar Project Finance
  • Seamless Integration of Renewables: Market Design and Opportunities
  • The Future of Baseload Power in the US
  • Long-Term Resource Planning for Utilities and Grid Operators
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highlights from last year

  • 325 Attendees
  • 96% Of Attendees Recommend GTM Events
  • 30% Utility Attendance
  • "Great range of speakers and topics" Southwest Power Pool
  • "The thematic focus was timely and insightful" Berkeley Lab
  • "The content and participants were truly top-notch" APX, inc.

Venue

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
1900 University Ave,
Austin, TX 78705
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