Friday, April 17, 2015 -
9:00am to 12:15pm
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Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

"Future of Solar in New England; and Transmission & Renewable Developments in New England"

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We have two very timely topics for the April 17th
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable (145): The Future of Solar in New England; and
Transmission & Renewable Developments in New England.

Panel I: Future of Solar in New England

We begin The Future of Solar in New England panel with a presentation by Jonathan Black, Lead Engineer for System Planning at ISO-New England, who will discuss ISO New England's latest solar forecast. We will then hear about some of the emerging findings from MIT's ongoing Future of Solar Energy Study by Dr. Francis O'Sullivan, Director of Research and Analysis at MIT's Energy Initiative.  Next, Ashley Brown, Executive Director of Harvard Electricity Policy Group, will discuss his recent article in the Electricity Journal (Valuation of Distributed Solar: A Qualitative View) which calls for reassessing the value of solar DG to better calibrate pricing policies.  Karl Rábago, Executive Director at PACE University Climate & Energy Center (formerly of RMI, Texas PUC, and US DOE Undersecretary) will share his pioneering work in using solar valuation methodologies to inform net metering rates and policy.  Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for the New England Clean Energy Council, will share her perspective on a sensible path forward for solar in New England.

Panel II:  Transmission & Renewable Energy Developments in New England

Next, we turn our attention to another timely topic,
Transmission & Renewable Energy Developments in New England.  With the recent release of the draft RFP for renewables & transmission from the Southern New England States (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island) it is time once again to reflect on a wide range of renewable resources and related transmission options that could help the New England states to meet their climate goals, while also potentially mitigating spikes in electricity prices. We have arranged for an excellent group of senior executives of leading renewable energy and transmission developers in New England and Eastern Canada to discuss their existing and proposed resources/projects.
We will begin with a keynote address from Hydro-Québec's CEO Thierry Vandal about the various renewable resources that HQ has to offer New England.  Paul Gaynor, former CEO of First Wind, and current Executive Vice President for Utility & Global Wind at SunEdison, will discuss wind opportunities for New England.  Edward Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, will discuss several innovative transmission-for-renewables projects his company is involved with, as will Robin McAdam, Vice President for Major Developments at Emera Energy.  


Contact Name: 

Susan Rivo

Research Areas: 

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Center for the Environment

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