National GEA Summit

Baseload Renewable Energy Summit Agenda
June 7-8, 2016 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, NV

*Please note this agenda is subject to change

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Tuesday, June 7
6:00 pm-8:00pm
Networking Reception

7:00 pm
Industry Honors
BPA, NHA Recognition of Outstanding Projects
Award of GEA Honors for Outstanding Projects (TBA)

Wednesday, June 8

8:30-9:00am - Welcoming Remarks
Welcoming Remarks:
David Bobzien, Councilmember, City of Reno, NV
Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association

Opening Remark:
Rahm Orenstein, Vice President, Business Development, Ormat Technologies Inc.
Video Address by Senator Harry Reid, State of Nevada

Patricia Spearman, Nevada State Senator

9:00-9:30am – Some Basics about Baseload Renewables: potential, emissions, attributes
Ben Matek, Industry Analyst & Research Projects Manager, Geothermal Energy Association
Daniel Fleischmann, Owner, Mountain Man Alternative Energy Consulting

9:30-10:45am – Panel Session: “Utilities discuss baseload renewable resources, their value to the power systems and how to find the right mix of technologies”

Moderated by: Joe Greco, Senior Vice President, Terra-Gen LLC

Jack McGinley, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Strategy, NV Energy
Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Senior Project Manager, SMUD
Barry Dong, Manager Geothermal/Biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Tess Park, Vice President, Power Supply, Idaho Power
Brendan McCarthy, State Environmental Policy Manager, Portland General Electric

10:45-11:00am – Networking break

11:00-12:15pm– Panel Session: “State initiatives and implementation plans for promoting clean energy, reducing carbon emissions and meeting tomorrow’s power needs – the role and outlook for baseload renewables”  

Moderated by: Terry Page, Regulatory Affairs and Innovation, Enel Green Power
Angela Dykema, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy, State of Nevada
Lorenzo Trimble, Geologist, BLM Nevada
Steve Zuretti, Director, Regulatory Affairs – West, Brookfield Renewable
Rob Del Mar, Central Oregon Field Energy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Charlene Wardlow, Geothermal Program Manager, California Department of Conservation
Michael McReynolds, Policy Advisor, Colorado Energy Office

12:15-1:15pm Lunch

1:15-1:45pm– Panel Session: “California Counties Baseload Generation Coalition”
Moderated by
: Randy Keller, Director of Development, CalEnergy
Ryan Kelley, Supervisor District 4, Imperial County Board of Supervisors
Rosemarie Smallcombe, Mariposa 1 District Supervisor
Julee Malinowski Ball, Public Policy Advocates

1:45-3:00pm – Panel Session: “Current Market Issues in the West” and their impact on baseload renewables:

  • Expansion of the CAISO
  • Energy Imbalance Markets
  • CA and OR 50 percent RPS
  • Implementation of the Clean Power Plan
  • Nevada’s RPS 2.0

Moderator: Josh Nordquist, Director, Business Development, Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Jim Caldwell, Board of Directors, CEERT
Drew Bohan, Chief Deputy Director, California Energy Commission
Jan Smutny-Jones, Executive Director, Independent Energy Producers Association

3:00-3:15pm- Networking break

3:15-4:00pm –Panel Session: “Some developing new technologies, including hybrid projects, that may increase value and
diversity for power systems”
Moderated by: Christopher Richard, Sr. Research Analyst, BCS, Incorporated
Susan Petty, President & Chief Technology Officer, AltaRock Energy
Joseph Scherer, GreenFire Energy
Gia Snyder, Chief Executive Officer, Natel Energy, Inc.
Rex Stock, CEO & Founder, RDS, Inc.

4:00-5:00pm – Wrap Up Panel Session: “Energy, Tax, and Other Policies Needed to Recognize the Values of Baseload Renewables”
Moderated by: Nick Goodman, CEO, Cyrq Energy Inc.

Bob Cleaves, President, Biomass Power Association
Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association
Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association

Panelists from Earlier Panels Joining the Discussion:
Daniel Fleischmann, Owner, Mountain Man Alternative Energy Consulting
Randy Keller, Director of Development, CalEnergy

*Agenda as of May 27, 2016, subject to change.