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The below agenda was carefully curated to discuss and debate today’s leading indicators for tomorrow’s energy system. This year, we are introducing industry tracks in Power Generation, Grid, Connected Home, and Vehicles. Filter by day, track or both to plan your 2015 Summit experience.

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Monday, April 13

11:00 AM

Registration and Lunch

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

1:00 PM

Summit welcome

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

1:10 PM

Hard Power, Soft Power: Politics, economics, regulation and consumers

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

CEOs and commentators discuss how energy realities and narratives are evolving

1:50 PM

Global Keynote: Vice President Al Gore

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM

BNEF Analyst briefing

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

BNEF track chairs give a preview of the critical issues, technical, regulatory, investment and strategy addressed in each track and how their potential implications

3:15 PM

Global Plenary: Technology-energy nexus

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Experienced technology investors, corporate development executives and CTOs discuss the changing shape of venture, R&D investing and the growing relationship between venture firms and strategic industrial partners

4:30 PM

New Energy Pioneers Award 2015

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

2015 New Energy Pioneers and award presentations

5:30 PM

Opening Night Cocktail Reception

5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday, April 14

8:00 AM

Breakfast Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Analyst briefing: Power Generation

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Track chairs and senior analysts draw together the key issues and outline how they will be discussed through the next two days

Analyst briefing: Join Power Generation Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Track chairs and senior analysts draw together the key issues and outline how they will be discussed through the next two days

Analyst briefing: Grid

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Track chairs and senior analysts draw together the key issues and outline how they will be discussed through the next two days

Analyst briefing: Connected Home

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Track chairs and senior analysts draw together the key issues and outline how they will be discussed through the next two days

Analyst briefing: Vehicles

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Track chairs and senior analysts draw together the key issues and outline how they will be discussed through the next two days

9:00 AM

Global Industry Keynote: State of the industry

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Global Plenary: Political perspectives

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Senior politicians discuss the changing outlook for energy supply, security, competitiveness and environmental stewardship

11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

CEO & Regulator Plenary: Utilities and a new regulatory compact

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Regulators and utility CEOs juggling the competing priorities of environmental responsibility, security of supply and cost competitiveness discuss the evolving regulatory-utility relationship and the role of competitive suppliers

12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Power Generation 1

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

We think of these at networks within a network — lunches which gather together individuals with common interests and give them some "food for thought"

Power Generation 2

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

We think of these at networks within a network — lunches which gather together individuals with common interests and give them some "food for thought"

Grid

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

We think of these at networks within a network — lunches which gather together individuals with common interests and give them some "food for thought"

Connected home

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

We think of these at networks within a network — lunches which gather together individuals with common interests and give them some "food for thought"

Vehicles

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

We think of these at networks within a network — lunches which gather together individuals with common interests and give them some "food for thought"

2:00 PM

Afternoon Session 1

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Knock-on effects of renewables on power markets

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Using case studies, this panel will look at the implications to the market of increased penetration of variable resource renewables. It will specifically focus on the markets of California and Texas, as well as the European experience more generally.

What keeps resource planners up at night?

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Utility strategists face unprecedented uncertainty in developing long-term integrated resource plans. This panel will examine the challenges at the top of their minds, highlighting regional differences across the US.

Grid technologies and regulation: Evolution or intelligent design?

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This panel will examine how smart grid technologies have been deployed to integrate renewables and improve reliability. It will compare projects that have benefitted from subsidies to those that have been implemented for purely economic reasons.

Connected home technologies: Where to from here?

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The market for connected home products is growing and consumers are beginning to take note. But energy is only one part of the equation and sits alongside other drivers such as security and comfort. As these technology ecosystems converge, we discuss how the connected home will evolve and what it means for the energy sector.

Future of urban mobility: Drivers of optionality

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This panel will look at the challenges facing cities worldwide in terms of mobility, emissions and strategic planning as urbanisation increases.

3:00 PM

Afternoon Session 2

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Building in the unsubsidised market

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This panel will look at the countries and regions where renewables is competing without subsidies, both on the retail level and wholesale.

The nuclear narrative

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grid yoga: Using flexibility and microgrids to improve reliability

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This panel will discuss the different approaches to improving grid reliability by looking at technologies, business models and regulatory structures in use around the world.

Re-imagining the utility role in residential solar

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In the US and around the world, utilities are launching ventures to capture revenue and
value from the relentless uptake of rooftop solar, rather than simply watching it
erode their volumes. But can they successfully compete against the more nimble
and established pure-plays? And what impact will their entrance have on the
solar market, and on consumers?

OEM perspectives on fuel choices

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fleet catalogus from automakers include today a large variety of fuels and power sources to satisfy consumer preferences and legislation. This panel will look at how OEMs, fuel producers, legislators and technology developers are working together to take advantage new fuel choice options.

4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

4:30 PM

Global Keynote

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

TBC

5:00 PM

Global CEO Plenary: Which electric utility strategies will be the winners?

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Utilities investing billions and industrial and technology firms supplying these firms discuss the outlook for investment in assets and technology

6:00 PM

Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

8:00 PM

Themed Dinners

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Our sponsors host dinners themed to key emerging issues and bring insight and light entertainment to liven the evening

Wednesday, April 15

8:00 AM

Breakfast Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gasification of North American Power

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The era of cheap gas and a crumbling coal assets has brought CCGT fleets from mid-merit to baseload. Impacts of the shale boom are felt across the nation.

Solar supply chain

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The PV manufacturing industry is in a relatively profitable part of the cycle, with positive margins for the best companies and some planning to spin off development divisions. BNEF and top solar company executives will discuss strategies for success.

Storage Economics: Grid and Evs

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Despite their widespread use in laptops and cell phones, the costs of lithium ion batteries remain a point of contention. This panel will discuss battery price points and disruptive technology innovations that will impact the storage landscape.

Changing approaches to demand side management

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Demand response offers a potentially low cost way to shift peak demand, increase system flexibility and integrate renewable generation. But there are competing pathways and the industry faces serious regulatory challenges. This session will examine how DR markets and dynamic pricing programmes are evolving and the implications for the power sector.

Join Grid Session (Storage Economics: Grid and EVs)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Summit opening remarks

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

9:15 AM

CEO & Investor Plenary: Powergen financing & yieldcos

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

US yieldcos and their equivalents in Europe attracted more than $5bn of investor equity into the ownership of energy projects in 2014. Institutional investors are also increasing their direct equity participation in clean power projects.

This plenary session will discuss the future evolution of the yieldco model and other conduits for bringing institutional equity into clean energy projects.

10:00 AM

Break

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Morning Session 1

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Mexico’s electricity sector in transition

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

The country's electricity sector is in the midst of an overhaul, which opens the door to more private sector participation in generation. Topics will include a nuanced discussion of the new regulatory structure, the outlook for power prices, and exploration of strategies for wind and solar development.

More expensive tax equity? Financing projects in 2016

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

This panel will examine the potential financing issues for renewables in the US in 2016 as both wind and solar rush to complete projects ahead of the subsidy cuts.

End-user solar, storage & grid “defection”

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

The decreasing costs of PV and storage have raised concerns in utility boardrooms that customers will go off-grid. This panel will explain the economics of 'grid defection' and its potential implications on utilities.

Who will “own” the connected home?

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

This session will examine the growing competition between utilities, telecommunications companies, security providers and technology vendors for emerging connected home market.

Technology workshop

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

This panel will examine the state and future of fuel cell, battery and advanced biofuel technologies with an emphasis on cost and scalable business models.

11:20 AM

Morning Session 2

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Emerging Markets: Climatescope

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Economic growth, and demand for clean energy are driving market growth in key emerging markets. Join this session to find out which are the most attractive.

TBC

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

TBC

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Evolution of the utility business model

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Distributed generation technologies, microgrids and changing demand patterns are putting the future utility business model into question, yet the grid offers the cheapest form of energy storage and peak power. This session will look at how utilities are adapting to these changes, potential new business areas and implications for the wider energy system.

Connected cars and autodrive

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Connected cars and autodrive technology are developing rapidly. This panel will address how consumer preferences, demand for conectivity, energy consumption optimisation and safety are driving these exciting new technologies

12:10 PM

Networking Lunch

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Road to Paris: Firestarter

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

Senior diplomat outlines the road to COP21

1:10 PM

Road to Paris: Policy maker panel

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Senior policy makers and experts discuss range of possible outcomes

1:50 PM

Road to Paris: ClimateScope

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM

Emerging markets efforts to prepare for clean energy

2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Business Response: Expert Insight on the Greening of Asia

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

The business case for solving Asia's environmental emergency

2:45 PM

Business Response: Green bonds and debt capital markets

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Clean energy and energy efficiency are accessing the debt capital markets in new ways and in greater volumes through labelled green bonds, convertible bonds, ABS and other structures. Panelists will discuss the range of opportunities for a sector entering the mainstream.

3:30 PM

Business Response: Finance for Resilience (FiRe)

3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Reporting back from 2014, voting for 2015 FiRe winners

4:50 PM

Summit Chairman’s closing remarks & thanks

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

Summit Close

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM