Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PLENARY session | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM | room w303A

THE STATE OF POWER PROJECT FINANCING

Moderator:       Russell Ray, Chief Editor, Power Engineering magazine, PennWell Corporation

Session Description:  Financing experts explore the financing options and strategies that work best in today’s market. Panelists also will examine liquidity issues, risk and return expectations, new development possibilities, and the financial and regulatory barriers to overcome in today’s tight financial market. Are there emerging new sources of financing for energy projects? What are the risks associated with certain technologies? What risks worry lenders the most? Our panel will answer these and many other questions over the course of this session.

·         Ted Brandt, Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Capital LLC

·         Chris Diaz, Senior Vice President – Renewable Energy, Seminole Financial Services LLC

·         Craig O’Connor, Director of Business Development – Alternative Energy Group, Export-Import Bank of the United States

·         Daniel Rice, President, SunDial Capital Partners

 

 

luncheon & keynote address | 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM | ROOM W304A

POWER-GEN International Financial Forum is pleased to announced our Keynote Luncheon Speaker. 

 

Tom Kiernan
Chief Executive Officer
American Wind Energy Association

 

Tom Kiernan began as CEO of the American Wind Energy Association on May 28, 2013. Prior to that he spent 15 years as President of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Kiernan, a native and long-time resident of Arlington, Va., graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981 with a degree in Environmental Computer Modeling. He began his career with the Nantahala and Rocky Mountain Outdoor Centers, and in 1984, joined Arthur Andersen & Co. as a Management Consultant. Tom left the firm after three years to pursue his MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, he also served as Assistant to the Director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Upon completing his degree, Kiernan moved to Washington, D.C., to join the Environmental Protection Agency as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator. A year later, he was promoted to Chief of Staff of the Office of Air and Radiation, and then in 1991 was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator where he was instrumental in the Bush Administration’s efforts to implement the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. For his leadership role in negotiating consensus after 12 years of litigation on a $450 million pollution control project at the Grand Canyon, he received the Gold Medal – the Agency’s highest award for employees.

At the conclusion of the Bush Administration, Kiernan co-founded the environmental consulting firm E3 Ventures, focused on working with private sector clients to expedite Clean Air Act implementation. In 1994, he was hired as Executive Vice President of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire. In this role, he was charged with managing the society’s operations, which included four nature centers, four stores, educational programs, field research, and the management of 8,000 acres of land. In 1995, he was named President, where he successfully led the organization to a balanced budget.

In 1998, Kiernan was named as President of National Parks Conservation Association. He led the organization through dramatic growth of its field offices from 7 to 23, its members and supporters from 300,000 to over 800,000, and its net assets from under $5 million to over $60 million.  He also led a successful five-year capital campaign that raised 108 percent of its goal and established NPCA as an effective political force in Washington.
 

Concurrent conference sessions | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Session:  1A - NEW FRONTIERS:  LEVERAGING CREDIT ENHANCEMENTS AND OTHER TOOLS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Room:   W303A

Chair:   Elias Hinckley, Partner/Head of Energy Finance Practice, Sullivan & Worcester LLP  

Co-chair: Mark Norris, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP                                                                                     
 

Session description:  Experts discuss how Export-Import, OPIC, World Bank/IFC and other development banks can be the financial bridge to developing energy projects in international markets.

·       John Neblo, Managing Director, Investec

·       Camilo Patrignani, CEO, Greenwood Energy


Session:    2A - TRENDS IN PROJECT FINANCING

Room:   W303B

Chair:   William Damon, P.E., Sr. Vice President, Consulting and Development Services, HDR

Co-chair:  Lola Infante, Ph.D., Director, Generation Fuels and Market Analysis, Edison Electric Institute           

Session description:  The evolving landscape of funding thermal and renewable power projects is changing. What strategies and structures are being developed and utilized in a difficult market structure from the regulatory, developer, OEM and financial community perspectives?

·       James Shield, Executive VP and Chief Development Officer, Invenergy LLC

·       Robert Simmons, Partner, Panda Power Funds

·       Ross McCausland, CFA, Managing Member, Protos Energy Advisory

CONCURRENT CONFERENCE SESSIONS | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Session:   1B – POLICY DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING NEW INVESTMENT     

Room:   W303A

Chair:    Lola Infante, Ph.D., Director, Generation Fuels and Market Analysis, Edison Electric Institute                                                                                                                                                            

Session description:  This session will look into what the federal government is doing in this space, how it is helping support power projects and new investment. Among other things, the panel will discuss DOE initiatives and Congressional developments.

·       Peter Davidson, Executive Director, U.S. DOE Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy

·       Christi Tezak, CV Energy

        Tony Ingram, Edison Electric Institute

·        Benjamin Salisbury, Senior Policy Analyst, SVP, FBR Capital Markets & Co.

Session:    2B – TRENDS IN PROJECT FINANCING PART II:  THE MARKET FOR EXISTING ASSETS

Room:   W303B

Chair:    Julie Ungerleider, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Coronal Management LLC

Co-chair:   Elias Hinckley, Partner/Head of Energy Finance Practice, Sullivan & Worcester LLP                                           

Session description:  In this session, panelists explore the market for operating assets and mergers and acquisitions. Why are existing assets being sold? What are the biggest risks or challenges to financing operating assets.

·         Sean Ryan Sullivan, President, Commonwealth Bay

·         Jonathan, CEO and Managing Director, Coronal Management

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CONCURRENT CONFERENCE SESSIONS | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Session:   1C – SECONDARY MARKETS:  SECURITIZATION, YIELD-COS AND MORE

Room:   W303A

Chair:    Elias Hinckley, Partner/Head of Energy Finance Practice, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Co-chair: Elizabeth Kaiga, Director, Strategy & Client Development, Reznick Group PC                 

Session description:  Panelists review successful secondary market offerings for power generation assets and look into the future of the secondary market.

·        Andrew Rosenbaum, Director – Power & Utilities, RBC Capital Markets

·        Lewis Reynolds, Managing Partner, Entropy Investment Group

·        Bailey McCallum, Chief Operating Officer, GSSG Solar LLC

·        Dan McMahon, Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong

Session:   2C – DISTRIBUTED GENERATION:  SEARCHING FOR A BUSINESS MODEL THAT WORKS

Room:     W303B

Chair:      Lola Infante, Ph.D., Director, Generation Fuels and Market Analysis, Edison Electric Institute                   

Session description:  Market participants share perspectives and explore strategies to develop and finance distributed energy projects and technology.

· Barbara Bauman Tyran, Director, Washington & State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute

  Karin Corfee, Managing Director, Navigant

· Joanne Hopkins, Manager, Energy Supply, Edison Electric Institute

· Bodhi Rader, Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

· James Tong, VP Strategy and Government Affairs, Clean Power Finance

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