2014 Program

Nov 19 2014
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Opening Cocktail Reception

Grand Atlantic Terrace | El Conquistador Resort

Join us at our opening reception at the Grand Atlantic Terrace and start your RELACCx experience by networking with participants to ensure you get the most out of the event.

grand-terrace

 

NOVEMBER 20-21, 2014
EL CONQUISTADOR, A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT, FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO


Thursday, November 20, 2014

7:30 AM Registration & Coffee
9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM SESSION 1: OPENING KEYNOTES
This Opening Session sets the tone of the conference by addressing key issues that affect renewable energy development in both Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Industry leaders will provide an update on the evolution of renewable markets in Latin America & the Caribbean.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Networking Refreshment Break
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM SESSION 2: THE INTERSECTION OF FINANCE, MARKETS, AND POLICY
Renewable energy development in the Latin American and Caribbean regions is an ever-changing landscape, requiring investors, project developers, and policymakers to work together. In this session, key stakeholders will provide a bird’s-eye view of how the renewable power, fuels, and heating markets have evolved in recent years and where they are headed.
  • The importance of policy in driving development
  • How market leaders in the region have shifted in recent years and why
  • How market opportunities in the region compare internationally

Co-Chair:

  • Camila Ramos, Managing Director, Clean Energy Latin America - CELA

Speakers:

  • Christopher Flavin, President Emeritus, Worldwatch Institute
  • Heather Rosmarin, Founder & Executive Director, InterAmerican Clean Energy Institute
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM SESSION 3: BANKING PERSPECTIVES - ASSESSING RISK AND IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES
Multilateral and regional banking institutions play a major role in the development and deployment of renewable energy projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. These institutions offer many different financing mechanisms that are beneficial for both small and large scale projects. This session features a panel discussion with speakers focusing on where these banks have the biggest impact and the challenges they face.
  • How to reduce project risks
  • What are the best practices for securing financing from banks
  • Which banks are investing in renewable energy and where is this happening

Co-Chair:

  • Rob Sternthal, President, Reznick Capital Markets Securities, LLC

Speakers:

  • Jorge Camiña, Managing Director, Head of Project & Acquisition Finance North America, Santander Global Banking Markets
  • Partho Sanyal, Managing Director, Head of Latin America, Power, Utility & Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • James Boyle, Head of Renewables, Commerzbank AG
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Networking Refreshment Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SESSION 4: EMERGING BUSINESS MODELS FOR SMALL SCALE RENEWABLES
Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are showing growing interest in smaller scale projects and distributed generation. Newer business models, such as public/private partnerships and solar leasing, can help shape the growth of small-scale renewable energy and bring new opportunities to these regions.
  • How public/private partnership models are helping to finance renewable energy projects in the region, on both the national and subnational levels?
  • How successful and innovative financing mechanisms in other regions can be applied to the Latin American and Caribbean markets?
  • Where have these business models been successful?

Co-Chair:

Speakers:

  • Alvaro Augusto Freire da Silveira, Partner, Atla Consultoria
  • Pablo Reyes, Director, CEELAT
5:00 PM Close of Conference Sessions

 

Nov 20 2014
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Cocktail Reception

Trellises | El Conquistador Resort

Enjoy this opportunity to reflect on the day's presentations and discussions in a more informal networking gathering. Meet new potential clients and revisit existing business partners.

trellises

 


Friday, November 21, 2014

7:45 AM Registration Opens
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM SESSION 5: OPENING KEYNOTES
This Opening Keynote will feature senior level industry executives who will provide key insights on project finance and development in Latin America and the Caribbean
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SESSION 6: FINANCING UTILITY SCALE RENEWABLES
Large, utility-scale renewable energy projects present an opportunity to bring new investment and job opportunities into the region. This session will feature key insights from regulators, project developers, financiers, and utilities to provide the audience with information needed to successfully implement utility scale renewable energy projects.
  • How utility business models help and/or hinder the development of large-scale projects
  • Securing power purchase agreements for wind power projects
  • What utilities are leading the development of renewable energy in their region and why
  • The interplay of utilities, regulators, and policymakers on the development of renewable energy markets in each country
  • How project developers are working with utilities to deploy large-scale projects

Co-Chairs:

Speakers:

  • Collie Powell, General Manager Development, Pattern Energy Group
  • Dino Barajas, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Richard Romero, VP Project Finance, First Solar
  • Edouard MacGuffie, NRG Solar LLC
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Refreshment Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM SESSION 7: THE HOW AND WHY OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECT DEPLOYMENT
Both Latin America and the Caribbean boast a multitude of successful projects in the renewable energy field. This session will examine case studies for such projects so that the audience can determine the best practices for implementing renewable energy throughout the region. Key highlights from this session include:
  • Lessons learned from developing small, medium, and large projects and determining which size best fits a regions needs
  • Which policies and regulations have been successful and how well they translate across regions
  • Financial opportunities throughout the region that meet your projects budget and timeline

Chair:

Speakers:

  • Hezy Ram, CEO, Ram Energy Inc.
12:30PM - 2:00 PM Networking Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SESSION 8: NEW CONNECTIONS: COMMERCIAL LENDING AND INSTITUTIONAL INVESTING
Complementing our Banking Perspectives session on Day One, this session will take an in-depth view of two growing financial models. In this session, leading experts demonstrate what commercial lenders and institutional investors look for in renewable energy projects and how to reduce risk.

Chair:

  • Lynn Tabernacki, Managing Director; Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, OPIC
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Networking Refreshment Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SESSION 9: INNOVATING TECHNOLOGIES & MARKETS
In RELACCX’s final session, this panel of esteemed speakers analyzes the technologies and markets leading to a prosperous renewable energy future. This session identifies technological developments driving renewable energy forward, the infrastructure required to support renewable energy growth, and the financing needed to make this happen.
  • Advancing the research, development and commercialization of emerging technologies in the public and private sectors
  • Opportunities to raise venture capital to develop technologies and innovative markets
  • Modernizing the grid through the application of smart grid, microgrid and energy storage technologies

Chair

Speakers:

  • Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager, Saft Batteries
  • Rick Fioravanti, Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, DNV GL Energy
  • Malaquias Encarnacion, Business Development Director, AES Energy Storage
  • Unai Arrieta, Manager - Regional Unit Latin America and the Caribbean, Trama TecnoAmbiental
5:00 PM Close of Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition.