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

1:30 PM

Summit welcome

1:30 PM - 1:35 PM

1:35 PM

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

1:35 PM - 2:15 PM

CEOs and commentators discuss how energy realities and narratives are evolving

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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"

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"

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"

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

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.

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.

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.

Integrated Resource Planning

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The IRP theme might be better expressed as: the challenge of long-term strategic planning in a volatile, uncertain and rapidly evolving energy market.

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

Residential PV scenarios & implications

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Residential PV is becoming competitive with the electricity rates paid by homeowners in many countries and regions. Questions remain about how grid upgrades and backup capacity can be funded if many users are reducing their utility bills. Is the solution a higher standing charge for grid connection, a tax on PV self-consumption, or something else?

Microgrids and 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.

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.

TBC

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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: TBC

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

7:00 PM

Themed Dinners

7:00 PM - 8:00 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

Demand response/time-of-use flexibility

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Demand response (DR) offers a potentially low cost way to shift peak demand and provider overall system flexibility. But there are competing pathways and the industry faces serious regulatory challenges. This session will examine how DR markets are evolving in the US and globally.

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.

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.

Mexico electricity market reforms

8:00 AM - 9:00 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.

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

9:10 AM

Global Keynote TBC

9:10 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Morning Session

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Who will “own” the connected home?

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

End-user solar, storage & grid “defection”

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

US powergen fleet gasification

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

More expensive tax equity? Financing projects in 2016

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

Technology workshop

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Connected home

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Grid

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Power Generation 1

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Power Generation 2

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Vehicles

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Afternoon Session

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Evolution of the utility business model

1:00 PM - 2:00 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.

TBC

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Green bonds and the mechanics of divestment

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Green bond issuance tripled in 2014. What is the outlook for the market and how are the mechanics of "divestment" related to this?

Emerging Markets: Climatescope

1:00 PM - 2:00 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.

Connected cars and autodrive

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

2:00 PM

Global Keynote TBC

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Global Finance Finance for Resilience (FiRe)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Identifying opportunities in climate related finance. In this session we'll hear progress reports from the FiRe 2014 winners and pitches from the 2015 candidates

4:00 PM

Closing keynote

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

4:45 PM

Summit Chairman’s closing remarks & thanks

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

Summit Close

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM