By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy Procurement Summit
July 12-13, 2016 | Portland, OR

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Overview

Across the country, utilities, load-serving entities (LSE’s) and retail electric providers (REPs) are increasingly engaging in competitive bidding practices for renewable energy resource procurement.  Government incentives to promote renewables, public opinion, environmental measures and state renewable portfolio standards (RPS) — regulatory mandates to increase production of energy from renewable sources — are all driving this trend.

Typically, few utilities or other RPS-mandated load-serving entities can self-supply their entire renewable energy obligations. Consequently, competitive bidding for renewable energy resource procurement is a common and essential element for satisfying compliance with RPS and other mandates.  It is a process whereby entities will issue requests for proposals (RFPs) and related instruments for the purchase of renewable energy, renewable energy certificates (RECs) and associated assets.  Although some aspects of RFP solicitations are straightforward, they can differ in important ways, including the structure of the proposal and method for determining the winning bid.  Furthermore, continually evolving policy and emerging trends in the solicitation process are re-shaping the traditionally bilateral negotiation of supply contracts that come out of RFPs, creating a need for respondents to better understand the intricacies and variations of the solicitation process.

This conference is designed for professionals involved in the process of competitive renewable procurement — on both the buy and sell side — to think strategically about how to prepare, design, and respond to RFPs to yield optimal results.  It will explore the increasing variations and complexities of competitive procurement on a national scale, seeking to understand best practices of the solicitation, auction/bidding, deal negotiation and contract execution process.  There will be discussion on how to strategically think about competitive procurement for renewables now and in the future — understanding the opportunities with regard to new innovations in the solicitation process, transmission and sourcing challenges, optimizing government-industry relationships, and identifying the impact of renewable procurement on overall resource planning and grid operations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the growing role of competitive bidding for renewable procurement and policy compliance
  • Identify best practices in the RFP process:
    • Preparing and designing renewable energy and credits (REC) RFP procurements
    • Evaluation of bids and submission/awarding of RFP Bid Proposals
    • Negotiation, execution and management of purchase agreements for both power and renewable energy credits (RECs)
  • Evaluate emerging innovations in RFP proposals
  • Assess specific policy challenges for renewable procurement
  • Discuss what an optimal role of the state agency should be in the procurement process to optimize renewable energy outcomes for utilities operating within the state
  • Examine best practices for design and implementation of renewable portfolio standards (RPS)
  • Analyze northwestern and Oregon-specific policy and legislative issues with regard to RPS
  • Evaluate the impact of PURPA on renewable energy procurement and renewable markets
  • Assess opportunities for energy storage in meeting state RPS goals and the future role of storage in renewable procurement practices
  • Examine the impact of utility scale renewable procurement for grid-balancing and resource planning practices
  • Assess regulatory impacts and challenges for CAISO energy imbalance market (EIM) participants

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference.

Agenda

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Setting the Stage: The Growing Role of Competitive Bidding Practices for Renewable Procurement & Policy Compliance
  • Is competitive bidding always feasible or desirable?
  • Basic types of solicitation mechanisms and procurement RFPs
    • Non-specific
    • Technology-specific
    • Site-specific
    • Resource- and/or carve-out specific
  • Innovation in RFP proposals
    • All-source RFO’s
    • Transmission integration
  • Auction solicitations
  • Bi-Lateral/off-take solicitations
  • State or other externally operated solicitation
  • Considerations for renewable procurement under uncertainty of future policy

Harry Judd, President, Accion Group

I. RFP Process: Best Practices and Emerging Trends

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Preparing and Designing Renewable Energy and REC RFP Procurements
  • Determining the self-supply vs procurement mix
  • Creating a procurement plan
  • Identifying renewable energy procurement requirements
  • Assembling internal resource procurement team
  • Constructing workable RFP process timeline
  • Identifying bidders and conducting outreach
  • Formulating plan for evaluating bid proposals
  • Managing vendor selection and awards
  • Encouraging supplier diversity

Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Contracts, Eversource Energy

Marc Vinson, Utility Scale Implementation Manager, Georgia Power

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.:: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00p.m. :: Evaluation of Bids and Submission/Awarding of RFP Bid Proposals
  • Developing criteria for screening suppliers and products
  • Collecting product information
  • Estimating the cost of power and calculating the cost/benefit ratio
  • Understanding how non-financial buyers evaluate assets
  • Evaluating multiple renewable resources in same solicitation
  • Best practices for successful RFP award contract execution
  • Creating an even playing field — the role of the independent evaluator

Chris DiGiovanni, Renewable Procurement Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)

Harry Judd, President, Accion Group

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Negotiation, Execution and Management of Purchase Agreements for Both Power and RECs
  • Examining key concepts and issues associated with drafting power purchase agreements/renewable energy credit (REC) purchase agreements
  • Ensuring projects get built
  • Minimizing risk/avoiding common pitfalls
  • Evaluating the role of state utilities commissions and regulatory oversight process
  • Identifying methods and practices for successful negotiation of the final power purchase agreement/REC purchase agreement
  • Overcoming barriers and satisfying conditions to ensure effectiveness of definitive agreements
  • Outlining contract management concepts and strategies
  • Structuring REC power contracts, site lease terms and conditions
  • Taking advantage of tax credits/renewable carve-outs
  • Procuring renewable energy — dos and don’ts of contracts
    • Certain terms/conditions you want to see
    • Certain terms/conditions you don’t want to see
    • “Fatal flaw” elements
    • PPAs language dos and don’ts
  • Estimating the future value of RECs in bundled PPAs
  • Oregon’s future REC market

Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Contracts, Eversource Energy

Marc Vinson, Utility Scale Implementation Manager, Georgia Power

Paul Bachmuth, Director – Business Development, Tradewind

Ashley Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

II. Specific Policy & Resource Planning Challenges for Renewable Procurement

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. :: Optimizing Policy to Meet Renewable Goals — Meeting Ambitious State RPS Mandates

The Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan, recently passed in Oregon, instructs utilities to eliminate coal from their portfolios by 2030 and obtain 50% of their power from renewable sources by 2040, thereby doubling the current RPS of 25% required by 2025.  Oregon is among other states with recently announced ambitious RPS goals — California and New York aim for 50% by 2030; Vermont aims for 75% by 2032; and Hawaii is going for 100% by 2045.  This session will consider what an ‘optimal’ policy plan looks like for energy utilities to most effectively comply with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandates.  Specifically, it will evaluate:

  • What role can, and should, state agencies play in the procurement process to optimize renewable energy policy outcomes?
  • Are compliance mandates necessary for renewable procurement?
  • How do regulatory agency-sponsored procurement solicitations affect RFP outcomes for buyers (utilities/LSEs/etc) and bidders (IPPs, project developers and others)?
  • Design and implementation of RPS best practices
    • RPS carve-outs — benefits and pitfalls for resource- and technology-specific legislation
    • Price determinations and rate recovery
      • Ratepayer surcharge
      • Rate base included costs
      • Penalty costs of non-compliance
  • Diversity of ownership — ensuring fair competition for competitive bidding with investor-owned utilities
  • Is there an optimal mix of fuels to power Oregon to meet the 50% RPS mandate?
  • Oregon’s RPS: should it be tweaked?
    • Impacts to the power industry and potential for improvement
    • Community renewables legislation
    • ‘Golden’ RECs
  • How and when will renewable generation be sourced?
    • Balancing tax incentive and RPS deadlines
    • Is new transmission needed?

Moderator:

David Brown, Senior Principal, Obsidian Renewables

Panelists:

John Crider, Senior Power Cost Analysis, Oregon Public Utilities Commission

Robert Kahn, Executive Director, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC)

Marc Vinson, Utility Scale Implementation Manager, Georgia Power

Etta Lockey, Attorney, PacifiCorp

Brendan McCarthy, Local, State and Regional Environmental Policy, Portland General Electric

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. :: The Impact of PURPA on Renewable Procurement and Renewable Markets

The Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978 and the resulting contractual negotiations between utilities and Qualifying Facilities (QFs) is fast becoming a contentious subject.  This session will discuss PURPA developments and trends, focusing on Idaho’s plan for new renewable development opportunities despite the recent approval of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to reduce the length of negotiated renewable energy contracts covered by PURPA.

Carl Linvill, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

Kristine Raper, Commissioner, Idaho Public Utilities Commission

PacifiCorp Representative

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. :: Networking Reception

DAY 2 AGENDA

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Obtaining Energy Storage in Renewable Procurement: Challenges & Opportunities

With operational technology, storage could potentially be the ‘Holy Grail’ for effective integration of renewable energy by allowing wind and solar generation to be used at more optimal times, solving intermittency and grid reliability issues.  Furthermore, some states have begun to define energy storage mandates for investor-owned utilities (IOUs), most notably California’s requirement to invest a combined 1,325 MW of energy storage by the end of 2020.  Others are opting for more modest goals, such as Oregon’s mandate for electric utilities to procure at least 5 megawatt-hours of energy storage by 2020.  This session will explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding the future application of storage technologies alongside renewable energy from both a business and policy perspective, discussing:

  • The role of energy storage in meeting state RPS goals — modest vs aggressive goals
  • Strategizing the role of energy storage in renewable development from a business standpoint
  • Hurdles and pitfalls to getting a project financed with storage incorporated
    • Coordinating tax aspects of storage with renewables
  • Opportunities for tax benefits to accelerate the deployment of storage
    • Update on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) consideration for energy storage to qualify for investment tax credit regulations
    • Opportunities for tax-exempt bonds for smart renewable investment

Moderator:

Harry Judd, President, Accion Group

Panelists:

Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General Motors

John Marciano III, Partner, Chadbourne & Park LLP

Tucson Electric, Representative

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. ::  Grid-Balancing & Resource Planning Considerations for Renewable Procurement

This session will discuss how increasing distributed energy resources (DER) on the electric grid — especially solar PV — are already affecting how utilities think about grid-scale renewable energy, and consequently, their renewable procurement practices.  It will showcase how some utilities are strategizing for an optimized, balanced grid that integrates all renewable generation, and how those efforts relate to their overall resource planning and renewable procurement goals. Specifically, this session will evaluate:

  • How does the presence of distributed renewable generation impact the need for grid-scale renewables?
  • What capacity constraints and challenges could utilities experience from DERs when trying to integrate renewable generation from mandated procurement processes?

James Wilde, Director – Resource Planning, Arizona Public Service (APS)

Bonneville Power Association, Representative

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. :: CAISO EIM: Impact on Renewable Procurement & Compliance Challenges

In November 2014, PacifiCorp became the first non-California-based utility to enter the California ISO (CAISO) energy imbalance market (EIM), an important step towards coordinated operations among balancing authorities in the West to more optimally operate the variability of increasing renewable energy on the grid.  NV Energy entered the EIM in 2015.  Several more utilities in western states outside of California have announced their intention to join, or are evaluating it as a possibility.   This session will explore what utilities are joining later this year, and what RTO expansion under the CAISO EIM market means for state renewable procurement practices.  It will also evaluate the unique regulatory issues involved with RPS compliance under emerging EIM, addressing opportunities and challenges for cross-state collaboration for resource qualification.

Moderator:

Tara Kaushik, Partner, Holland & Knight

Panelists:

Carl Linvill, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

John Crider, Senior Power Cost Analysis, Oregon Public Utilities Commission

Paul Nelson, Manager-Electricity Market Design, Southern California Edison (SCE) (invited)

Mary Wiencke, Director-Environmental Policy & Strategy, PacifiCorp

11:45 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Ashley Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart

Brendan McCarthy, Local, State and Regional Environmental Policy, Portland General Electric

Carl Linvill, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

Chris DiGiovanni, Renewable Procurement Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)

Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Contracts, Eversource Energy

David Brown, Senior Principal, Obsidian Renewables

Etta Lockey, Attorney, PacifiCorp

Harry Judd, President, Accion Group

James Wilde, Director – Resource Planning, Arizona Public Service (APS)

John Crider, Senior Power Cost Analysis, Oregon Public Utilities Commission

John Marciano III, Partner, Chadbourne & Park LLP

Kristine Raper, Commissioner, Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Marc Vinson, Utility Scale Implementation Manager, Georgia Power

Mary Wiencke, Director-Environmental Policy & Strategy, PacifiCorp

Paul Bachmuth, Director – Business Development, Tradewind

Paul Nelson, Manager-Electricity Market Design, Southern California Edison (SCE) (invited)

Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General Motors

Robert Kahn, Executive Director, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC)

Tara Kaushik, Partner, Holland & Knight

Location

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201

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ROOM RATE:

The room rate is $229.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

ROOM BLOCK DATES:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 12 – 13, 2016.

RATE AVAILABLE UNTIL:

Make your reservations prior to June 13, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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