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Conference: Financing Energy Innovation

Clean energy innovation and deployment in the United States faces a number of significant challenges in the current environment, including historically low natural gas prices, ongoing uncertainty regarding key policy supports, declining interest and support from private investors, and significant competition from China and other countries. This conference will convene leading experts from law, industry, and finance to explore various aspects of energy innovation finance in the United States and its implications for clean energy deployment and competitiveness. The first panel will provide an overview of current challenges and opportunities, with specific attention to federal and state policy supports (tax credits, loan guarantees, etc.), private investment in clean energy, and project finance. The second panel will address specific issues and challenges in key sectors (wind, solar, smart grid, etc.) and strategies for securing finance in the current climate. The third panel will discuss several larger contexts for clean energy finance and their implications for the sector in the United States, including the role of government support and industrial policy in leading countries around the world, development of new models for energy innovation finance, and the connections with trade law and international competitiveness.

Welcome & Introduction
1:00pm - 1:20pm
  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Mike Knotek
    Director
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Panel 1: Current Challenges and Opportunities
1:20pm - 2:30pm
  • James Linfield
    Partner
    Cooley LLP
  • Mike Mendelsohn
    Senior Financial Analyst, Strategic Energy Analysis Center
    NREL
  • Reuben Munger
    Managing Partner
    Vision Ridge Partners
  • Mark Safty
    Partner
    Holland & Hart
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado Law School
  • Adrian Tuck
    Chief Executive Officer
    Tendril
Moderator
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Panel 2: Industry & Capital Markets Perspectives
2:30pm - 3:40pm
  • Ricahrd Ashby
    Managing Partner
    Infrastructure Finance Advisors LLC
  • Ned Harvey
    Chief Operating Officer, Program Director, Solar Market Transformation Program
    Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Hank Kelly
    Partner
    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
    General Counsel
    Illinois Power Agency
  • Justin Segall
    Founder & EVP
    Simple Energy
Moderator
  • Brad Bernthal
    Associate Clinical Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
    Entrepreneurship Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Break
3:40pm - 4:00pm
Panel 3: Innovation, Finance, and Competitiveness
4:00pm - 5:10pm
  • Morgan Bazilian
    Deputy Director
    Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA)
  • Eric Drummond
    Partner
    Patton Boggs LLP
  • Peter Edwards
    Partner
    Sage Law Group LLC
    Chair
    NREL VC Advisory Board
  • Eric Garfinkel
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado Law School
    Former Chief Counsel for China Trade, USTR
Moderator
  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado



Event Details

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