ESG Risks & Opportunities for the Utility Sector

ESG Risks & Opportunities for the Utility Sector

January 25-26, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Overview

The climate crisis poses a real threat not just to mankind but to the global economy.  This conference will serve as a platform for investors, financiers, utility companies, governments as well as stakeholders in the supply chain to have an in-depth dialogue in examining the key drivers, developments, challenges, and opportunities that lie in climate change, financial markets, and ESG.

As the world strives to tackle climate change and increasingly stringent regulations around reporting, Climate & ESG metrics and reporting in the utility sector has become a more pressing concern.   

Investors and stakeholders are increasingly scrutinizing companies that they want to associate with based on their ESG scores and reporting.   As a result, nearly every publicly held company and many privately held firms are facing new pressure to adapt, measure, disclose and improve their ESG policies and programs.

This forum aims to provide participants with the necessary tools they will need to become an important part of this new investment paradigm.  Through a combination of presentation, discussion and case studies, participants will learn about financially material Environmental Social Governance (ESG) indicators, climate data providers, and how to translate corporate performance on sustainability into financial performance. Attendees will also hear from utility companies on some of best sustainability and ESG practices in the sector.  Executives will leave this course with ideas on how to adapt, incorporate or advance ESG investment practices within their organizations. 

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Identify ESG metrics and trends that matters most to energy and utility companies
  • Review what ESG & climate risk metrics are, why it matters today and how it can enhance your company’s growth and reputation
  • Examine the role climate & ESG plays in identifying, assessing, acquiring, financing and funding utility projects
  • Analyze climate, financial & ESG risks and opportunities for the utility sector growth
  • Review best practices in ESG and impact investing
  • Discover how utility companies are transitioning displaced workforce in the new environment
  • Identify trends in corporate governance & reporting

Agenda

Tuesday, January. 25, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Climate, Financial & ESG in the Utility Sector

  • Overview of ESG and climate risks concepts
  • Intersection between climate risk, financial risk & ESG
  • How are utility companies committing to net zero
  • Distributed energy resources & policies

Colleen Farrell Wright, Director, Corporate Strategy, Exelon

Julie Smolinski, VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability, Hawaiian Electric Industries

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: The Rise of Impact Investment

  • Shifting investor expectations
  • The role of foundations, endowments, and pensions
  • Stakeholders’ capitalism
  • Beyond profit – sustainable investing

Karen Wawrzaszek, CFP, CTFA Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. :: Keynote Address

Jigar Shah, Director, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Regulatory Response to Climate Risk in the Utility Sector

This session will cover how policy makers and regulators are identifying and responding to the complex risk posed by climate change.

Moderator:

Lorraine H. Akiba, President/CEO, LHA Ventures

Panelists:

Abigail Anthony, Commissioner, Rhode Island PUC

James P. Griffin, Chair, State of Hawaii PUC   

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: The Transition to the Just Society

The energy transition is not only environmental but also a social transition.   How do we transition the workforces that are being displaced in the new environment?

Karen Wawrzaszek, CFP, CTFA Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management      

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Climate Resilience thru Strategic Reinvention & Investment

  • Context: Climate Intensity
    • Events such as wildfires, tree die-off, sea-level rise, flooding, drought, water quality /pollution, increasing in severity and frequency due to extreme climate patterns
  • Strategic Transformation 
    • Avoid disruption  
    • Strengthen operational resilience via new data and technologies
    • Future-proofing business
  • ESG as Risk Mgmt.
    • Baseline assessment + business case costs / benefits
      • Physical assets –Introducing “risk” as a driver for re-investment in infrastructure 
      • Brand assets – corporate reputation management, client trust, workplace culture, community involvement, etc.
  • Opportunities for Profitable Impact
    • Corporate Venture Fund Investments via Bolt-on VC /Private Equity Managers
    • Infrastructure Investment & Asset Optimization
  • Re-investment gap and lack of insights (the problem)
  • The availability and use of existing data 
  • Planning your re-investment levels on budget constraints (Nordic experience) 
  • Perspective on the organization – when data-driven decision support enters the room.

Brian V. Iversen, Managing Partner, Cimbria Capital

Noah Sabich, Partner, Cimbria Capital

Ulrich B. Hansen, CEO, APX10    

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: The Path to Net Zero

This session will cover how utilities are responding and committing to net zero

Julie Yunker, Senior Project Developer, Hawaii Gas

Sharon Allan, Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance

 

5:00 p.m. :: End of day

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Corporate Governance & Reporting

Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability, American Electric Power

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 am. :: Climate Risk Management and Why It Matters to ESG

Chris Benjamin, Director, Corporate Sustainability, PG&E Corporation

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. :: Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. :: Climate Risk Assessment and ESG – A Rating Agency Perspective

  • Climate risk – what does it mean to business in general?
  • How do you define risk and how do you report it?
  • ESG risk metrics

Jillian Cardona, Analyst, Moody’s Investor Service

 

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: The Role of Carbon Offset/GHG Accounting in Transition to Net Zero

Jami Goldman, Climate and Sustainability Strategy/Program Manager/Carbon Specialist, 3Degrees Group, Inc.

12:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns

Workshop

ESG and Climate Risk Metrics Reporting

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 : Central Time

The climate risk workshop will review and explore the benefits of a Climate Risk Assessment for utilities located in the US.

The first part of the workshop will provide a deeper analysis of what climate risk is and why it is important. Attendees will learn about the assessment and its initial stages: setting a climate baseline and the benefits of analyzing future scenarios. Attendees will then participate in a case study designed to take them through the risk analysis process.

In the second part of the workshop, we will describe the benefits of climate risk disclosure. Moreover, we will provide updated SEC requirements and changing US regulation for climate risk. We will elaborate on the TCFD as a dominant platform for climate risk disclosure and will provide attendees with an exercise designed to highlight the most effective ways to develop TCFD disclosure.

 

Workshop Agenda

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Log In

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop Timing

Intro to Climate Risk

  • What is Climate risk? Why is it important? How can we manage it?
  • Benefits of setting a baseline and scenario planning
  • What are physical and transition risks?

Exercise 1. Case Study of a Water Utility company in the US.

Analyze the physical and transition risks that a Water Utility company can experience. Participants will team up in groups of 4. Each team will have a water utility from different states throughout the US. At the end of the exercise the teams will contrast their results.

Climate Risk Reporting 

  • Why climate risk reporting is essential 
  • Refresher on TCFD – What is it? Why is TCFD the dominant platform
  • Best practices for TCFD reporting.

Exercise 2. TCFD disclosure for the Two Energy Utility Companies.

Disclose the physical and transition risk findings in the four pillars of TCFD in the two Energy Utility companies. Participants will team up in the same groups of 4. Each team will disclose their risks and conclusions in the TCFD framework. At the end of the exercise the teams will contrast their results

5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Concludes

Workshop Instructor

Derek Young, Managing Director, ESG Consulting Services, Summit Strategy Group, LLC

Derek Young is a veteran ESG, sustainability, CSR and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience. He is recognized as a thought leader in the areas of ESG, corporate citizenship, corporate responsibility and sustainability and is capable of working across industries, analyzing and determining needs and opportunities for value creation and building and delivering strategic programs, messaging and branding campaigns, and community and stakeholder engagement efforts. 

Derek has worked in the public policy, non-profit, for profit and consulting sectors and has developed deep experience in the areas of strategic analysis, corporate responsibility and community engagement platforms, climate change and carbon management, non-profit partnerships, charitable giving, and community and stakeholder engagement as well as sustainability, communications, message development and branding and resource efficiency.

Derek has helped to start and lead CSR and Sustainability programs at several corporations including Invista, TGI Fridays and FedEx and has provided consulting support to numerous other brands as well across a wide range of sectors and industries.

Derek is a member of the Grant Advisory Board for The Pollination Project, volunteers with a Chattanooga based organization called On My Own Two Feet and Wheels. In the past he has been a member of the Steering Committee for the Dallas Corporate Citizenship Network, the Food Advisory Council for the North Texas Food Bank and has served as a past Advisory Council member for Sustainable Brands. 

Derek is an avid outdoorsman and lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife Dawn and his dog Hank.

Speakers

  • Lorraine H. Akiba, President/CEO, LHA Ventures

  • Sharon Allan, Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance

  • Abigail Anthony, Commissioner, Rhode Island PUC

  • Chris Benjamin, Director, Corporate Sustainability, PG&E Corporation

  • Jillian Cardona, Analyst, Moody’s Investor Service

  • Jami Goldman, Climate and Sustainability Strategy/Program Manager/Carbon Specialist, 3Degrees Group, Inc.

  • James P. Griffin, Chair, State of Hawaii PUC

  • Ulrich B. Hansen, CEO, APX10

  • Brian V. Iversen, Managing Partner, Cimbria Capital

  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability, American Electric Power

  • Noah Sabich, Partner, Cimbria Capital

  • Jigar Shah, Director, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Julie Smolinski, VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability, Hawaiian Electric Industries

  • Karen Wawrzaszek, CFP, CTFA Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management      

  • Colleen Farrell Wright, Director, Corporate Strategy, Exelon

  • Julie Yunker, Senior Project Developer, Hawaii Gas

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, video, and Q&A will be used in the program.


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

CPE Credits: 11.0 CPEs for the conference and 3.0 for the workshop
There is no prerequisite for this event.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live presented online due to COVID-19
Advanced Preperation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Utility and Energy Companies, Municipalities, Cities with titles
  • Chief ESG Officer/Sustainability Directors/Managers
  • Chief Value Officer
  • CSR Professionals
  • CEOs, Board Directors and Managers
  • CFOs/Finance Officers/Treasurers
  • Compliance Personnel/Risk Officers
  • Investor Relations Officers
  • Environmental Policy Directors/Managers
  • Climate Risk Director/Officer/Manager
  • Risk Managers/Operational Managers/Internal Auditors
  • Chief DEI Officer/HR
  • Finance sector specialists in asset management, ESG/Sustainability and Investment Bankers, Buy side/Sell side analysts
  • Financial Advisors/Investment Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Investors
  • General Counsel/Lawyers
  • Financiers looking to invest or fund energy or utility infrastructure projects
  • External Auditors.
  • Regulatory and Government Agencies
  • Rating Agencies

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