Renewable Energy Procurement Summit
July 12-13, 2016 | Portland, OR
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.
- 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
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast
I. RFP Process: Best Practices and Emerging Trends
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.:: Morning Break
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break
II. Specific Policy & Resource Planning Challenges for Renewable Procurement
5:15 – 6:15 p.m. :: Networking Reception
DAY 2 AGENDA
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break
11:45 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns
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
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201
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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.
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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.
|Proceedings package||US $ 395.00|