Agenda

2015 Agenda

We are working on the agenda for Summit 2015. It is sure to include the most sought-after thinkers in clean energy – leaders creating disruptive technologies, policies and business models to help shape our energy system for the future. Stay tuned for a full list of speakers coming soon.

AGENDA

11:00 AM

Registration

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Summit Welcome

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

A dynamic and thought-provoking welcome from Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance on the state of the industry.

1:10 PM

Keynote

1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

CEO Discussion: Immelt and Doctoroff

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

GE CEO Jeff Immelt and Bloomberg CEO Dan Doctoroff will hold a special on-stage discussion on leadership, environmental stewardship and technological transformation.

2:00 PM

Innovator Interview: Tony Fadell

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Nest Labs Founder and CEO Tony Fadell will be interviewed by BNEF's Nathaniel Bullard about innovation, technology and designing disruptive products.

2:30 PM

Global Dialogue: Technology in Energy

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

BREAK

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM

Innovator Interview: Alejandro Agag

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

All new technologies have their proving ground - and for the future of automobiles that ground is the race track. Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, brings us his vision of the world's first all-electric race series. He will be interviewed by BNEF's Nathaniel Bullard about technology, electric vehicles and promoting clean mobility through motor sports.

4:30 PM

BNEF University: How Innovation Is Driving System Change

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Sector specialists present on the state of innovation in their sector, identifying the pace of technological and economic change and the balance of technological breakthroughs.

5:00 PM

New Energy Pioneers Award 2014

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

Winners of our New Energy Pioneers Award 2014 are announced.

5:50 PM

Rapporteur Session

5:50 PM - 6:00 PM

Gina Domanig, our rapporteur, summarises the day's plenary and breakout sessions.

6:00 PM

EVENING ACTIVITY

6:00 PM

New Energy Pioneer Reception

6:30 PM

8:00 AM

Strategy Breakfasts

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Asia Dialogue: Dynamic growth and business opportunities for four billion consumers

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Asia is home to 4 billion people, the world's largest power market and largest carbon emitter, and hundreds of millions of new consumers and business models emerging to serve them. Our Asia Dialogue is a facilitated discussion between BNEF's senior Asia staff and executives from India, China, and Southeast Asia on growth vectors, strategic challenges, and new business opportunities in Asia's energy sector.

Middle East & North Africa Dialogue: Nuclear and renewables dance together?

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

With robust electricity demand, MENA nations are building nuclear. Will nuclear energy, alongside renewables, emerge as a key technology in the region supporting the transition to a low carbon future?

Europe Dialogue: Towards deregulation or re-regulation?

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

A set of new guidelines from Brussels have shaken up the well-established business models and policy incentives for renewable generation. This session will explore what business strategies need to emerge to ensure the competitiveness of renewable sources in 2015 and beyond.

Crowd Funding For Renewable Energy Projects: How big could it be?

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

RE project crowd funding is growing rapidly from a small base. This session will discuss the players in the market, their business models, the loan volumes they've placed to date and the factors in the market and regulatory systems which will help define how big they get.

9:00 AM

Opening remarks from Summit Partner Bank of America Merrill Lynch

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

Michael Liebreich – State of the Industry

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Michael Liebreich, Bloomberg New Energy Finance Advisory Board Chairman gives expert insight on market dynamics - and highlights future risks.

10:00 AM

Global Plenary: Geopolitics of phase change

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

World energy leaders Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Commissioner and Lord Browne of Madingley, Managing Director, Riverstone Holdings discuss energy policy, energy economics and the geopolitical ramifications of today's news. Ethan Zindler, BNEF's Head of Americas, asks the tough questions.

10:30 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Firestarter: Maria van der Hoeven

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

CEO Dialogue: Equipment and technology for the future energy system

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

CEOs of leading hardware, software and service providers discuss the future of energy and how industry must adapt to meet utilities’ evolving needs.

12:00 PM

Expert Dialogues

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

North America dialogue: policy, and the battle over power plant regulations

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

With new legislation from Congress unlikely, the EPA and Supreme Court will continue to play key roles in shaping US energy policy. This session will discuss the evolving energy policy landscape in North America with a focus on EPA's highly anticipated rules for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Is distributed energy a threat to the utility business model?

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Changing patterns of supply and demand are already impacting distribution utilities and energy retailers. The rapid rise of PV, falling costs of energy storage and electric vehicles have led to dire predictions for the future of the utility business model. This session will look at how utilities’ business models are evolving, who is best positioned benefit from these changes and the implications for investment.

Sugar for barrels: Biochemicals’ new promise

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sugars and oil meet again - not in the gas tank but in the world of consumer goods, clothing and water bottles. Even without subsidies, biochemicals promise to displace petroleum-based chemicals as demand for sustainable products increases. Which are the chemicals, companies and markets behind this change? How big is the opportunity?

Auto-fuel nexus

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Car manufacturers and fuel providers have tough decisions to make: will it be an engine powered by gasoline or biofuels, or will it be a motor powered by batteries or fuel cells. We hear from the leading strategists.

Cleantech approaching adulthood: road ahead for companies and projects

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The clean energy industry is now well into the process of maturation: start-ups coming of age, IPOs, consolidations, bankruptcies, assets changing hands. What next steps are on the cards for investors and decision-makers of privately-held, rapidly growing cleantech companies? What is the outlook for asset M&A in this more mature market?

1:00 PM

LUNCH

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:20 PM

Firestarter: Bill McKibben

2:20 PM - 2:30 PM

Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben recounts the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet.

2:30 PM

Global Plenary: Soft Power and the Evolution of the Clean Energy & Climate Debate

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Political decisions will either support or hinder the de-carbonisation of the energy sector. This session will examine how the main clean energy and climate change narratives will evolve over the next ten years, how this will affect policy making and the possibility of emerging areas of consensus.

3:20 PM

Expert Dialogues

3:20 PM - 4:15 PM

Gas: Searching for equilibrium

3:20 PM - 4:15 PM

North America will become a large gas exporter over the next several years. This capacity will allow traders to take advantage of price spreads between different countries. This session will discuss how exports will affect US prices and drilling activity. Will US prices rise to parity with Japan, or will Japanese prices fall to parity with the US? Are we on the cusp of a truly global gas market?

Grids In Transition: From Germany to California

3:20 PM - 4:15 PM

The disruptive changes that will ultimately overhaul power markets around the world are already playing out in Germany and are starting to do so in California. How will the Golden State's power sector change in the coming decade? And what can it learn from other renewables-saturated markets?

Efficiency: Not an option, but an obligation

3:20 PM - 4:15 PM

In the US, the growth of annual utility spending on energy efficiency from $1.9bn in 2006 to $7.2bn in 2012 is largely due to state-driven utility obligation schemes. From April 2014 such schemes, or equivalent, will be mandatory in all EU member states, with similar levels of investment expected. This session will identify this rapidly growing route to market for energy efficient products and services.

Uncertain future for the renewable fuel standard

3:20 PM - 4:15 PM

The final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements remain in limbo as the EPA reviews public comments on the Agency's proposal to cut the nation's biofuel target by about 16 percent compared with the level specified in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. What do the proposed changes mean for renewable fuel companies, the oil and gas industry and U.S. refiners? How is the policy likely to evolve, and what's at stake for 2015 and beyond?

Solar Value Chain

3:20 PM - 4:15 PM

Photovoltaic electricity has never before been so cheap, and will never again be so expensive thanks to continuing innovation across the value chain. This panel will bring together some of the major players.

4:15 PM

BREAK

4:15 PM

4:45 PM

Keynote: Dr. Ernest Moniz

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz talks about growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment.

5:05 PM

Summit Partner remarks from Lockheed Martin

5:05 PM - 5:20 PM

5:15 PM

Designing for the next trillion dollars of energy technology

5:15 PM - 5:50 PM

The next trillion dollars of clean energy technology will be distributed, decentralized, intelligent, and interconnected. What does this technology paradigm mean for manufacturers and integrators? What are the design imperatives for electrifying a billion people and making a more resilient energy system.

5:50 PM

Rapporteur session

5:50 PM - 6:00 PM

Joan MacNaughton, our rapporteur, summarises the day's plenary and breakout sessions.

8:00 PM

Themed Dinners

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lockheed Martin Dinner

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Theme: Innovation with Purpose

Energy and climate change are global security issues, and the need to establish reliable sources of sustainable and affordable energy has never been greater. Join Lockheed Martin executives for a discussion about our comprehensive approach to deliver innovative solutions for generating utility-grade alternative energy, maximizing grid efficiency, and securing our energy infrastructure.

EY Dinner

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Theme: Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century

 

The prophets of doom are wrong. They believe the rapid rise over the next two decades of a new 2.5 billion-person urban middle class — and the unprecedented demand this growth will generate for oil, gas, steel, land, food, water, cement, clean air, and other commodities — must inevitably spur a global economic and environmental crisis.
In their new book, Resource Revolution, Dr. Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers, writing with Paul Carroll, take that challenge seriously—but come to exactly the opposite conclusion. Instead, the authors believe, the chance to meet soaring demand in a sustainable way by transforming how companies and societies prosper represents nothing less than the biggest business opportunity in one hundred years.
We’ll hear from Dr. Heck, co-founder of McKinsey’s Cleantech and Sustainability practices about why he and his co-authors feel this is the biggest business opportunity in a century.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Dinner

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Bank of America and Ira Ehrenpreis discuss The State of the Energy Innovation Industry

Bank of America and prominent clean tech venture capitalist Ira Ehrenpreis discuss the trends, challenges, and opportunities of the energy innovation industry, as well as their partnership with Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project, supporting pioneering research to bring forward a new generation of energy technologies.

8:00 AM

Strategy Breakfasts

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Renewables without backup? Grid integration and energy storage

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Large-scale renewables create challenges for the wider grid system, particularly at high penetrations and in small island systems. This session will focus on the growing need for renewable integration technologies and techniques, and the progress that energy storage technologies have made in bridging the gap.

Latin American Dialogue

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Latin America represents new markets, competitive technologies and large demand. This panel will examine opportunities and challenges in the region’s key renewable energy destinations: Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

Microgrids and energy management: How large energy users are taking control

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Commercial, industrial and institutional energy consumers, including office parks, military bases and universities, are adopting new technologies both on the supply side (distributed PV, CHP and fuel cells) and on the demand side (energy management technologies and demand response). Leading technology and service providers outline the opportunities, challenges and lessons learnt so far.

US Offshore Wind Dialogue

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

With just a single prototype turbine installed off the coast of Maine, the US offshore wind market has trailed far behind counterparts in Europe and Asia. Offshore wind should, however, present a potent strategy for the US’s crowded eastern regions that lag behind state renewable energy targets and have difficulty siting wind onshore. Improving project economics are being driven by high performing wind technology with increasingly sophisticated controls, project design/execution and greater cooperation with regulatory organizations.

This panel examines the opportunities and challenges facing the US offshore wind industry, looking closely at the progress so far of Deepwater Wind's first commercial US off-shore wind projects.

The other six billion: good business for clean energy?

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Investors are often driven away from significant opportunities in developing countries by real or perceived risks, but recent innovations are allowing entrepreneurs to build highly scalable and profitable businesses supplying clean energy. Where are the biggest investment opportunities, and what is happening to the risks? Are there lessons for developed markets? What does the future hold for NGOs and the private sector?

9:00 AM

Summit day three opens

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

9:05 AM

Address from BNEF CEO

9:05 AM - 9:10 AM

9:10 AM

Firestarter: ClimateScope

9:10 AM - 9:15 AM

Data driven evaluation of the low carbon situation in 53 countries helps investors make money and governments focus resources. This firestarter will draw out conclusions from BNEF's recent studies and highlight how this is helping infrastructure investors evaluate their options.

9:15 AM

Summit Partner Remarks

9:15 AM - 9:20 AM

9:20 AM

Global plenary: The Future of Infrastructure Finance

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM

This panel will discuss promising investment areas - from generation to distribution and from common equity to master limited partnerships - and emerging risks - from regulation to industry dynamics - for debt and equity infrastructure investors.

10:00 AM

Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

10:05 AM

Global Policy Maker Discussion: Michael Bloomberg

10:05 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Introduction to Finance for Resilience (FiRe)

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

11:10 AM

Finance for Resilience (FiRe) intervention presentation and vote

11:10 AM - 12:15 PM

The 12 FiRe champions will present their interventions; the audience will decide the top six. The winners will be announced and go through to the breakout sessions in the afternoon.

12:15 PM

LUNCH

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

FiRe Intervention breakout sessions

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Firestarter: Martha Stein-Sochas

2:00 PM - 2:05 PM

2:05 PM

Keynote address

2:05 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM

Finance for Resilience (FiRe) results and responses

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Closing keynote

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

3:20 PM

Summit Chairman’s closing remarks & thanks

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

SUMMIT CLOSES

3:30 PM