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Monday, March 10, 2014

Fourth Annual Cleantech Roundtable March 20 at UC Hastings

The UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable brings together leaders from across the cleantech industry to share ideas and provide solutions to the pressing legal challenges facing the cleantech industry.
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UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable

The Fourth Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable will take place at UC Hastings on March 20, 2014.

Registration is open now.

Schedule of Events:

8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - Welcoming Remarks
9:15-10:30 am - Panel 1
10:45-12:00 pm - Panel 2
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00-2:15 pm - Panel 3
2:15 pm - Networking reception


Panel 1: Energy Storage: Implementing Procurement Targets in 2014 and Beyond

This panel will explore the numerous important issues arising in implementing California's new 1.3 Gigawatt energy storage procurement program. We held a day-long conference on energy storage in April 2011 when the ink was barely dry on AB 2514. Now we will look at what has transpired since and what key questions remain as California embarks on its first-in-the-nation energy storage procurement program. We'll break down the Request for Offer process to help market participants better understand how the utilities will evaluate proposals. And we'll look around the corner to explore the questions left to be decided by regulators and utilities this year.

  • Arthur O’Donnell, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Fong Wan, Senior VP Energy Procurement, PG&E
  • Don Liddell, General Counsel, California Energy Storage Alliance


Panel 2: Beyond Trade Wars: Enhancing US-China Cleantech Relations

The record growth of the solar photovoltaic industry is threatened by continuing trade tensions between the US and China. Allegations of unfair subsidies and imposition of trade tariffs have marred an otherwise spectacular achievement in the fight against climate change. Further progress in the transformation to a clean energy economy depends on the US and China moving beyond trade wars and finding a way to cooperate in the new photovoltaic industry of tomorrow. This panel will bring together experienced executives and trade leaders on both sides to discuss how both countries and their respective industry stakeholders can change the discussion and improve trade relations between these two critical economies.

  • Keith Hand, Professor, UC Hastings
  • Len Conapinski, VP, General Counsel, Yingli Green Energy Americas
  • Jeff Atkin, Partner, Foley & Lardner
  • Jon Bonanno, Chief Commercial Officer, Empower Micro Systems


Panel 3: Innovative Financing Models: Solar, Storage, and Energy Efficiency

Smart financial innovation helped unlock substantial demand for solar energy systems in the early 2010s. Now other cleantech players -- notably energy storage and energy efficiency companies -- are trying to find similar ways to unlock demand in their industries. How does the model of solar financing apply in these different contexts? What do lenders need to see in terms of system performance before they will back these systems at the same level they back solar energy systems today? And how can smart innovation in financing continue to drive investment and growth in solar, energy storage, and energy efficiency over the next few years? Come learn from our panel of experts as they share experiences and best practices on the future of cleantech financial innovation.

  • Brian Orion, Principal, Lawyers for Clean Energy
  • Nick Mack, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Clean Power Finance
  • Sam Lines, Director of Project Development, Metrus Energy
  • Prakesh Patel, VP of Capital Markets and Strategy, Stem

The event includes lunch and a networking reception.

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