San Francisco, California
Caught between customers who are concerned about sustainability and state and federal environmental mandates, power providers are being called upon to add more clean energy to their electricity supply. Whether your utility is ahead of the curve or facing a steep learning curve, Renewable Energy Markets 2016 (REM2016) offers a variety of resources to help you meet your green power goals.
Now in its 20th year, this annual conference attracts stakeholders across the renewable energy industry. Generators, marketers, utility professionals, purchasers, policymakers and regional representatives will come to San Francisco, Oct. 16-18, to discuss pressing issues, trends and opportunities in the national and international green power markets. “Any electric utility looking at expanding its voluntary green pricing program or getting involved in community- and utility-scale renewables development should consider attending this event,” said Randy Manion, WAPA Renewable Resources Program manager.
Utility concerns addressed
The agenda covers much territory that utilities, both large and small, will find relevant, including sessions focusing on issues specific to power providers.
“Utility and Corporate Roles in a Changing Market” explores what changes utilities can expect in a world where non-utility customers are increasingly executing their own power purchase agreements. At the center of “Innovative Utility Products” are three case studies showing how utilities improved customer relations while adding more renewables to their portfolio. The challenges, successes and customer benefits of building energy storage into utility operations is the topic of “Utility Integration of Emerging Storage & Renewables.”
Those sessions only scratch the surface of what power providers can learn at REM2016. For utility employees who are just wading into renewables procurement there is a pre-conference workshop, “Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets 101.” A two-part presentation on how the Clean Power Plan might affect the renewable energy markets will be of interest to anyone involved in power purchasing.
Many utilities already have strategies for increasing renewables, such as community choice aggregation and community solar farms. Attendees will be able to examine these programs and others from multiple viewpoints throughout the conference.
An event that attracts so many deeply committed clean energy stakeholders offers the perfect opportunity to recognize exceptional achievement in the industry. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) will present the Green Power Leadership Awards at a luncheon on Monday.
The annual Green Power Leadership Awards honor consumers, businesses and organizations that have helped to further the green power market. The CRS Market Development Awards recognize individuals, companies or other renewable energy industry leaders that are building the market for renewable energy.
The EPA Partner Awards recognize leading Green Power Partners and Communities based on their green power purchase or use of on-site renewable energy applications, overall green power strategy and impact on the renewable resources market. WAPA customer Silicon Valley Power was among last year’s recipients.
Stop by, say hi
WAPA is participating in REM2016 as a supporting organization and will have a booth on the exhibit floor. Manion will be there to answer your questions about our Renewable Resources Program, Energy Services and the Electric Power Training Center.
“I always welcome the chance to meet with customers, learn about their needs and discuss how WAPA can help them meet their resource planning goals,” Manion said. “But I rarely have the advantage of being able to refer them to so many experts in one place. That is the exciting thing about this event.”