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U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Forum Program

ACORE U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum

July 18, 2013 | Marriott Wardman Park | Washington DC

July 17, 2013

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

July 18, 2013

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynotes

  • Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, President and CEO, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
    and nominated to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment
  • Senator Tim Kaine, D-VA, U.S. Senate
  • Congressman Bill Owens, D-NY, U.S. House of Representatives

9:15-10:00 a.m.

Panel 1: Shifting Global Priorities: The Context for Operational Energy
As U.S. defense priorities pivot away from the Middle East and toward the Pacific, new challenges will arise in the use of operational and regional base energy. This panel will forecast how restructured military deployments will affect the supply and security of energy resources for our armed forces, and discuss the role renewable energy will play in supporting this strategic shift and the challenges presented by emerging cybersecurity threats.

  • William Noel, DC Specialist Leader, Federal & Resource Management, Deloitte (Moderator)
  • Edward Thomas Morehouse, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Barry McCullough, Vice President of Business Strategy for Mission Systems and Training (MST), Lockheed Martin

10:00-10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break 

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Morning Keynote

  • John CongerActing Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations & Environment, U.S. Department of Defense

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Panel 2: Strategies for Base Energy Deployment: An Update
With sequestration taking its toll on government programs, will the DoD’s aggressive renewable energy targets be met on time? Service officials will provide an update on key initiatives and whether they can successfully maintain active project pipelines to meet 1 GW targets. Speakers will outline what to anticipate going forward and highlight major opportunities for renewable energy and microgrid projects at U.S. military bases.

  • Roger Feldman, Counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP (Moderator)
  • RADM Kevin Slates, Director, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45), U.S. Navy
  • John Lushetsky, Executive Director, Energy Initiatives Task Force, U.S. Army
  • Daniel Tunnicliff, Principal Manager - Government & Partnerships, Southern California Edison

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Renewable Mobility: Innovation in Military Transportation
According to a recent E2 analysis, the military’s use of biofuels could generate $10 billion in economic activity and create thousands of jobs by 2020. Military initiatives to test, identify and commercialize alternative fuels – through the deployment of the Great Green Fleet and construction of biorefineries across the U.S. – could revolutionize the market for advanced biofuels from feedstocks like algae. Military and industry leaders will debate the principal opportunities for military biofuels, EVs and other alternative-fueled vehicles; highlight the problems facing their increased use; and identify near-term options for companies to get involved.

  • Taite McDonald, Senior Advisor, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Moderator)
  • Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy), Department of the Navy
  • Cynthia (CJ) Warner, Chairman and CEO, Sapphire Energy
  • John Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist, Airlines for America
  • Ted Kniesche, Vice President of Business Development, Fulcrum Bioenergy

12:30-2:00 p.m.


2:00-3:15 p.m.

Panel 4: Monetizing the Value of Military Renewable Energy and Energy Security Systems: Shaping the Policy Discourse
Renewable energy, microgrid and other advanced technology solutions not only provide reliable and affordable base power, they enhance energy security for essential military systems and national defense activities.  Monetizing the full value of protection from attack will enable the military to more effectively procure high-value energy systems powered by renewable energy.  This panel will address efforts to monetize the value of security, budget scoring rules and other policy issues related to rewarding the full value of renewable energy solutions.  

  • Alan King, Director Project Execution Division, Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (Moderator)
  • Joseph Sikes, Director, Facilities Energy & Privatization (ODUSD(I&E)), Department of Defense
  • Dave Belote, Vice President - Federal Business, Apex Clean Energy
  • Robert Tritt, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge
  • Jeff Weiss, Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Distributed Sun

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Panel 5: Streamlining Procurement and Enhancing Project Financeability
The DoD and the military services are seeking industry input on streamlined procurement practices to reduce costs and timelines in meeting their 3 GW and other renewable energy acquisition goals.  Key industry stakeholders will identify and advance solutions on the most pressing problems affecting the military’s energy acquisitions and the private sector financing of projects, including standardized contracting, effective PPA contracts, termination for convenience, and the treatment of RECs. 

  • Harry Clark, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Co-Moderator)
  • Christopher Gladbach, Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Co-Moderator)
  • Scott Provinse, Director of Government Programs, SunEdison
  • Ryan Hamilton, Manager, Federal Strategy & Programs, NRG Energy
  • Kathleen Ahsing, Director for Planning and Development, Energy Initiative Task Force, U.S. Army
  • Fred Schwartz, Senior Director Business Development, Northland Power

4:45-5:00 p.m.

Wrap Up

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Closing Reception

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