2015 Deloitte Alternative Energy Seminar
Alternative energy moves into mainstream
September 28–30, 2015 | The Woodlands, Texas
September 28–30, 2015
The Woodlands Resort
2301 N Millbend Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
We are pleased to announce registration is open for the 2015 Deloitte Alternative Energy Seminar taking place September 28–30, in The Woodlands, TX. The seminar will focus on the unique business, tax, and accounting issues affecting companies operating or investing in the alternative energy sector. Plenary sessions will examine the current alternative energy landscape and discuss the challenges and opportunities the sector faces through a variety of topics. Elective sessions will allow participants to delve into the unique business and technical issues.
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2015 Deloitte Alternative Energy Seminar brochure
View the 2015 Alternative Energy Seminar brochure for a detailed agenda of our plenary and elective sessions.
The Alternative Energy Landscape
- Charlie Blanchard, Lead Natural Gas Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
- Holly Rachel Smith, Assistant General Counsel, Exelon Business Services Company
- Jonathan Traub, Managing Principal, Tax Policy Group, Deloitte Tax LLP
YieldCos—The Game Changer
- Natalie Jackson, Vice President, Project Finance, Global Utility Power Plants, SunPower Corporation
- Michael Starzan, Director, Head of US Technology and Alternative Energy Equity Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets
The Future of Energy Storage
- Katherine Hamilton, Principal, 38 North Solutions, LLC
- Doug Staker, Vice President, Global Sales, Demand Energy Network, Inc.
A Utility View—Integration of Renewables and New Technologies
- Cris Eugster, Group Executive Vice President, Chief Generation and Strategy Officer, CPS Energy
The New Energy in the Home
- Cory Byzewski, Vice President, General Manager, Direct Energy Services
- Paul Keene, Vice President, Shared Solar, NRG Home Solar
- Warwick Stirling, Director Innovation, General Motors
North American Renewables
- Mike O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Development, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Biomass-based Diesel—A Commercial Scale Industry and Still Growing
- Daniel J. Oh, President, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Lead Natural Gas Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Charlie Blanchard has overseen Bloomberg’s fundamental research on North American power and gas markets since 2011. He and his team have worked extensively on power sector economics and renewable integration. He has developed models that account for the intermittency of renewable generation to predict the effect of integration on economic dispatch and non-energy payments, or capacity payments. Bloomberg's research has identified which regions of the US and Canada are most attractive for wind, solar, or gas build, based on regional gas prices, weather, policy, and the capacity mix. Mr. Blanchard holds a Master of Economics from Columbia University and a bachelors from Dickinson College.
Vice President, General Manager, Direct Energy Services
Cory Byzewski currently leads the Home Warranty and Solar organizations within Direct Energy Services (DES), the home services division of Direct Energy. In this role, Mr. Byzewski oversees two of the fastest growing parts of Direct Energy. While he has been in DES, he has also overseen its protection plan, leasing business, US water heater rental business, company-owned field operations, and its marketing function. Mr. Byzewski has been with Direct Energy for more than nine years. He has more than 20 years of energy industry experience, including roles with The New Power Company, The Columbia Energy Group, Montana-Dakota Utilities Company, and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. Through these operations, Mr. Byzewski was in the fortunate position to gain experience in virtually every area of the industry.
Group Executive Vice President, Chief Generation and Strategy Officer, CPS Energy
Cris Eugster leads the Generation and Strategy Group for CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 730,000 electric customers and 325,000 gas customers. He is responsible for the overall operations, dispatch, and evolution of CPS Energy’s generation capabilities, which includes approximately 6,500 MW of traditional power plants—natural gas, nuclear, and coal—and 1,100 MW of renewables—wind, solar, and landfill gas. The Generation and Strategy Group includes energy supply and market operations to serve retail load and to support ERCOT wholesale transactions. Mr. Eugster also leads overall corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, new products and services, research and development, and environmental oversight, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st century power provider. He received his PhD and Master of Science in electrical engineering from MIT, focused on quantum transport research in nanostructures. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University with magna cum laude honors.
Executive Manager, Denton Municipal Electric
Mike Grim is currently the executive manager of Denton Municipal Electric (DME) and possesses over 35 years of experience in the power industry—including nuclear, fossil-fueled, and renewable generation plants—with expertise in the areas of energy trading, power plant operations, regulatory and legislative affairs, market development, regulatory compliance, policy development, power plant systems engineering, project management, litigation management, sustainability, key accounts management, cogeneration development, media management, economic development, testimony before legislative bodies, and advocacy of industry positions. During his tenure at Denton, Mr. Grim’s accomplishments include, closing transactions resulting in over 46 percent of Denton’s power portfolio, now originating from renewable resources—wind, solar, and landfill gas—and DME’s winning of two American Public Power Association (APPA) and US Department of Energy Awards; the 2011 Public Power Wind Award and the Outstanding Community Service Award.
Principal, 38 North Solutions, LLC
Katherine Hamilton is a principal at 38 North Solutions, LLC, a public policy firm focused on clean energy and innovation. She served as a federal and state policy advisor for a number of years for Energy Storage Association, developing an expertise in that sector. Ms. Hamilton served as president of the GridWise Alliance, focused on smart grid. She was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a clean energy portfolio. She is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media. Ms. Hamilton was named an ambassador to the Secretary of Energy’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) under the Clean Energy Ministerial, is assigned to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity, and is president of the board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Ms. Hamilton holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne.
Vice President, Project Finance, Global Utility Power Plants, SunPower Corporation
Natalie Jackson is the vice president for Project Finance at SunPower Corporation in Richmond, CA. In this role, Ms. Jackson is responsible for SunPower’s Global Utility Project and Structured Debt and equity financings, including tax equity financing in the United States. Ms. Jackson’s professional experience includes more than 19 years in both project finance and business development in the United States and internationally in the independent power industry. Prior to joining SunPower, she was vice president of Project & Structured Finance at BrightSource Energy and served as vice president of Project Finance for Invenergy. She also served as project director at AES Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Vice President, Shared Solar, NRG Home Solar
Paul Keene is charged with building NRG Home Solar’s Shared/Community solar business across the US. Prior to his current role, Mr. Keene served as vice president and general manager of NRG’s Mass Markets business in the Northeast, where he led the business’s three retail brands to profitable combined growth of over 175 percent in two years. He joined NRG in October 2010 from Direct Energy, where he held a number of leadership roles. He has over a decade of international retail energy experience leading sales, marketing, customer retention, pricing, mergers/acquisitions, and financial and strategic planning functions. Mr. Keene graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Suffolk University Law School with a Juris Doctor, and from London Business School with a Master of Business Administration.
Daniel J. Oh
President, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
For more than 25 years, Daniel J. Oh has led a diverse range of business and management organizations. Currently, Mr. Oh serves as the president and chief executive officer of Renewable Energy Group, Inc (REG). Prior to REG, Mr. Oh served as vice president and as a member of senior management at ABG, Inc., an agribusiness consulting and services firm. Prior to ABG, Mr. Oh was a leader in the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking area of Corporate Strategy and Business Development Group at Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company. Mr. Oh also served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Oh is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in economics and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance, accounting, and strategic management.
Senior Vice President, Development, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Michael (Mike) O’Sullivan is senior vice president of development at NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels and also the nation’s leader in wind and solar power generation. Mr. O’Sullivan received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Holly Rachel Smith
Assistant General Counsel, Exelon Business Services Company
Holly Smith serves as the assistant general counsel to Exelon Business Services Company where she is primarily responsible for representing Exelon’s competitive retail business on both regulatory and compliance matters with a focus on the Mid-Atlantic region. Formerly, as the assistant general counsel of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), she was the lead energy attorney for state utility regulators on key federal energy issues. At NARUC, she was a member of the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Task Force, elected to NERC’s Member Representative Committee, and argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University Of Oregon School Of Law in 1999. She also holds a Master of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Vice President, Global Sales, Demand Energy Networks, Inc.
Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 25 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies, with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently the vice president of Global Sales at Demand Energy Networks Inc., a distributed energy management and storage company based in Washington State. Mr. Staker’s past experience in developing emerging energy technology solutions has helped utilities world-wide enhance their business systems and operational efficiency. For the past six years, Mr. Staker has worked extensively on how energy storage can help with the expansion of renewable energy systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho.
Director, Head of US Technology and Alternative Energy Equity Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets
Michael Starzan is a director and head of US Technology and Alternative Energy Equity Capital Markets for BMO Capital Markets. Mr. Starzan is a former attorney and 15-year investment banking industry veteran. He has led more than 115 equity and equity-linked transactions over the course of his career, raising more than $35 billion for his clients. Mr. Starzan’s experience includes serving as lead-left bookrunner for the IPO and subsequent follow-on offerings of Pattern Energy Group Inc. In September 2013, Pattern represented only the second alternative energy “yieldco” IPO in the US. Prior to BMO, Mr. Starzan held positions in the investment banking groups of Lazard Freres & Co, Piper Jaffray, and Robertson Stephens. Mr. Starzan began his professional career in the Northern California Tax Services Group of Deloitte. Mr. Starzan holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and earned both Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
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