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The Global Summit occurred on April 13-15, 2015 in New York City. The next Global Summit will occur on April 4-6, 2016.

The 2015 Global Summit theme, “opportunities in transformation” was explored by 150 speakers in 45 sessions covering key areas for the future of utilities. Those areas are power generation, grids, connected homes and vehicles (identified as tracks below). Daily themes included:

Innovation – the cooperation that happens between start-ups, VCs, corporate and government R&D to bring new ideas and new technologies from the laboratory to the business environment. (Day 1)

Big political, regulatory and business decisions shaping the investment environment and investment choices in the electric utility space over the next five-to-ten years. (Day 2)

Investments, once committed to, how will they be financed through the capital markets, how business is responding to the environmental challenges, and how the broader political agenda is shaping up to support this or otherwise. (Day 3)

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Monday, April 13

11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

12:50 PM

Summit welcome

12:50 PM - 1:00 PM

Official opening of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit 2015.

1:00 PM

Soft Power: Politics, consumers and the evolution of the clean energy & climate debate

1:00 PM - 1:35 PM

A group of leading commentators will discuss how energy realities and narratives are evolving.

1:45 PM

CEO Fireside Chat: Jose Manuel Entrecanales Domecq, Chairman, Acciona

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Jose Manuel Entrecanales Domecq, Chairman, Acciona
In conversation with Angus McCrone, BNEF Chief Editor

2:00 PM

Global Keynote: Vice President Al Gore

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Keynote remarks followed by a short interview with Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas and Head of Policy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

2:20 PM

Global Keynote: Debbie Dooley

2:20 PM - 2:30 PM

Debbie Dooley, Founder, Conservatives for Freedom
In conversation with Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas and Head of Policy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

CEO Fireside Chat: Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, Masdar

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, CEO, Masdar
In conversation with Angus McCrone, Chief Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

3:15 PM

BNEF Analyst briefing

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

BNEF Summit track chairs present a preview of the critical technical, regulatory, investment and strategy issues which will be addressed in each track and their potential implications.

3:45 PM

Global Plenary: Technology-energy nexus

3:45 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

Fireside Chat: Innovation in Transport

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

4:45 PM

New Energy Pioneers Award 2015

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

2015 New Energy Pioneers and award presentations.

Sponsored by Cycle Capital Management and CohnReznick

6:00 PM

New Energy Pioneers Welcome Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Cycle Capital Management and CohnReznick

7:00 PM

Theme dinner: Startup Nation 2.0 sponsored by Fuel Choices Initiative

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Startup nation 2.0

New technologies are radically changing our life. Israel is in a great position to leverage its strong high tech base to become a powerhouse for the transportation and energy industries.

When it comes to innovative technologies, Israel is a leader, recognized as second only to Silicon Valley. The Startup Nation - the world’s highest per capita of engineers and scientists and a constant flow of innovators, make Israel home to hundreds of R&D centers of global technology leaders.

Come to learn more about the energy and transportation nexus innovation ecosystem and get a taste of bright startups on the footsteps of Waze and Mobileye.

This dinner is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please email

Tuesday, April 14

8:00 AM

Breakfast Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Analyst briefing: Power Generation

8:00 AM - 8:45 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 - 8:45 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 - 8:45 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: Transportation

8:00 AM - 8:45 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

Summit Partner opening remarks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

John Lynch, Managing Director, Head of Power, Utilities and Renewables for EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

9:05 AM

Global Industry Keynote: State of the industry

9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Global Plenary: The American energy renaissance

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The major changes afoot in US energy and the role policies can play in advancing American energy security, independence and competitiveness.

11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Global Keynote: Minister Greg Rickford

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Minister Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada

11:45 AM

CEO & Regulator Plenary: Utilities and a new regulatory compact

11:45 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

Global Power Generation Lunch: Sponsored by Shikun & Binui

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Kindly sponsored by Shikun & Binui

US Power Generation Lunch: Sponsored by Black and Veatch

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Grid Lunch: Sponsored by Leclanche

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Connected Home Lunch: Sponsored by Masdar

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Transportation Lunch: Sponsored by Fuel Choice Initiatives

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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

2:15 PM

Afternoon Session 1

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Knock-on effects of renewables on power markets

2:15 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?

2:15 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?

2:15 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?

2:15 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

2:15 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.

3:15 PM

Afternoon Session 2

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Building in the unsubsidised market

3:15 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 Future of Nuclear Energy: Challenges and opportunities

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

The U.S. nuclear industry faces significant uncertainty today – a perfect storm of economic and policy challenges brought on by the unintended consequences of market structure and government policies. These factors may undermine the promise of this reliable source of carbon-free energy with potential consequences for our energy security.

Grid yoga: Using flexibility and microgrids to improve reliability

3:15 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

3:15 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

3:15 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


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

4:30 PM

Firestarter: Fossil fuel subsidy reform

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Jo Tyndall, Climate Change Ambassador, New Zealand Embassy to the United Nations

4:45 PM

Global Plenary: Company strategy in a time of change

4:45 PM - 5:55 PM

Energy companies are the incumbents in an industry undergoing massive transformation, from rapid technological advances and changing economics, to business model innovation and new entrants. We hear from power and technology leaders who will be responsible for delivering the secure, sustainable energy infrastructure the world needs in the coming years.

5:55 PM

Summit Partner closing remarks: Lockheed Martin

5:55 PM - 6:00 PM

Maribeth Malloy, Director, Environmental Sustainability and External Engagements, Lockheed Martin

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.

Register for the Themed Dinners on the BNEF Summit 2015 App or email

Theme Dinner: Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

An evening with filmmaker James Redford

James Redford is an accomplished documentary filmmaker. He will discuss his current film, HAPPENING, and share early stage film clips. HAPPENING explores the transition underway in the US to a clean energy economy and how this is helping people, businesses and communities. HAPPENING is expected to air on HBO in early 2016. The film is being produced by the Redford Center as part of The Clean Energy Innovation Center, whose goal is to develop an expansive communications platform to highlight the clean power movement.

James Redford, Co-Founder and Chair, Redford Centre

Theme Dinner: Sponsored by Direct Energy

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Innovators: An Evening with Walter Isaacson and Direct Energy

Please join Direct Energy as we host an evening with Walter Isaacson, author and CEO of The Aspen Institute. Isaacson is known for his incredible writing skills, penning the landmark Steve Jobs biography, and most recently, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.

Isaacson will be speaking about his new book, and sitting down for a fire side chat with Manu Asthana, President of Direct Energy Residential. Each guest will also receive a signed copy of The Innovators, as our thanks for attending.

Theme Dinner: Lockheed Martin

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ecosystem of Innovation

Lockheed Martin and partners will share the remarkable journey of a university spin out through early technology readiness levels with the support of ARPA-E to progress through the “valley of death.” The panel will explore the needs and challenges of each stage and discuss the key factors for success of Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, LLC (formed with the assets of Sun Catalytix Corporation of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in August 2014) and its future road to utility scale commercialization.

Wednesday, April 15

8:00 AM

Breakfast Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gasification of North American Power

8:00 AM - 8:45 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 - 8:45 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 - 8:45 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 - 8:45 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.

9:00 AM

Summit opening remarks

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

9:05 AM

Summit Partner opening remarks: Masdar

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM

With Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar

9:10 AM

CEO & Investor Plenary: Powergen financing & yieldcos

9:10 AM - 9:50 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.

9:50 AM

Global Keynote: Michael Bloomberg

9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

10:10 AM

Movement to breakout sessions

10:10 AM - 10:20 AM

10:20 AM

Morning Session 1

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Mexico’s electricity sector in transition hosted by ProMexico

10:20 AM - 11:00 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.
This session is hosted by ProMexico.

More expensive tax equity? Financing projects in 2016

10:20 AM - 11:00 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”

10:20 AM - 11:00 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?

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Designing the Ideal Vehicle: Technology enablers of the future

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Increasing demand for better performance, range and cost is driving innovation and breaking barriers in vehicle and fuel technologies. On this panel technology developers will discuss how vehicles may refuel 25 years from now, and how transport technology is affecting the whole energy space.

11:00 AM

Movement to breakout sessions

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

11:10 AM

Morning Session 2

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

Emerging frontiers in clean energy and energy access hosted by the Zayed Future Energy Prize

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

The panel will explore the tools being deployed to scale up investment in clean energy and energy access in emerging and developing countries, both through on-grid expansion and new off-grid business models.

Evolution of the utility business model

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

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

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

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

11:50 AM

Movement to plenary session

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Global Keynote: Dr. Kandeh Yumkella

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

12:10 PM

Global Keynote: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General United Nations

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM

Introduced by Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12:30 PM

Networking Lunch sponsored by CohnReznick

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Road to Paris: Firestarter

1:30 PM - 1:40 PM

Senior diplomat outlines the road to COP21

1:40 PM

Road to Paris: Policy maker panel

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Senior policy makers and experts discuss range of possible outcomes

2:20 PM


2:20 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM

Business Response: Expert insight on the greening of Asia

2:45 PM - 2:55 PM

The business case for solving Asia's environmental emergency.

2:55 PM

Business Response: Green bonds and debt capital markets

2:55 PM - 3:35 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.

3:35 PM

Business Response: Finance for Resilience (FiRe)

3:35 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