Post-Conference Seminar: The Evolving World of Corporate Wind Investment

  • Location:204C
Thursday, May 25, 2017: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Evan Vaughan
Media Relations and Outreach Officer
American Wind Energy Association
Hannah Hunt
Deputy Director, Electricity Policy and Demand
American Wind Energy Association
Mary Kate Francis
Energy Supply Associate
Altenex, An Edison Energy Company
Robert Threlkeld
Global Manager - Renewable Energy
General Motors LLC
Sandi Briner
Vice President Corporate Communications
EDF Renewables
Ted Romaine
Vice President Origination
Invenergy LLC
Vanessa Miller
Energy Strategy & Research – Renewable Energy Strategist
William Holmes
K&L Gates LLP


Growing corporate investment in wind energy has sparked excitement and much interest across the industry. Most are aware of the forces driving the trend, but as corporate customers become more sophisticated than ever - with an appetite to execute innovative and nuanced deals to procure wind energy – it is crucial now to understand the complexities of the C&I market. This post conference seminar will take a deeper dive into the world of corporate procurement. New analysis informed through a robust data collection in AWEA's latest report, Evolution of the Corporate Wind PPA: Market Insights, will be discussed including PPA types, contract term lengths, location of energy demand in reference to wind project locations, contract settlement points, contract parties assuming basis risk and more. Once the ink is dry, companies can gain more value by developing a communications strategy to amplify their wind purchase. The seminar will include messaging tips and best practices. Gather these important market insights and hear from experts that help facilitate these deals.

*Ticket Required to Attend - CLICK HERE to add to an existing registration or stop by registration on-site if you are already in Anaheim ($99 AWEA Members, $149 Non-Members)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm     Evolution of the Corporate Wind PPA: Market Insights

Corporations are setting ambitious targets for renewable energy procurement, and are choosing wind energy more than any other energy source. AWEA's latest report Evolution of the Corporate Wind PPA: Market Insights provides new analysis, informed through robust data collection, on the structure and location of corporate wind PPAs executed to date. Learn the newest market insights on the following corporate wind PPA traits:

  • PPA types
  • Contract term lengths
  • Location of energy demand in reference to wind project locations
  • Contract settlement points
  •  Contract parties assuming basis risk

1:30 pm -2:30 pm  Sealing the C&I Deal: Innovations, Challenges, and Opportunities

More corporate customers are entering the market every day and are more sophisticated than ever, bringing an appetite to execute innovative and nuanced deals to procure wind energy.  Executing successful deals not only requires an understanding of today’s complex deal structures; it also requires understanding the wants and needs of the evolving corporate customer. Join leading industry experts as they discuss how to overcome today’s market barriers and unlock new opportunities. Topics to be discussed will include risk allocation, international deals, aggregation models, utility partnerships, and more.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm   Networking Break           

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm   Make the Most of Your Wind Deal – Talk About It 
America’s most successful brands are buying wind because it’s low-cost, stably priced energy that produces no carbon pollution. Americans of all political stripes like wind power and want more of it according to numerous public opinion studies, and that undoubtedly carries weight in consumer preferences. Developing a communications strategy around wind energy purchase is a value multiplier that sets brands apart. Join experts in wind energy and corporate communications for a discussion of what works, and what doesn’t, when talking about buying wind energy – no matter which way the political winds blow.

3:45 pm -4:30 pm   Breakout groups