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Renewable Energy: Corporate Obstacles & Opportunities (2019 Corporate Forum)


October 22, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Omni Shoreham Hotel
Diplomat Room
2500 Calvert Street, NW (map/directions)

Washington, DC


The event is free and open to the public, but please REGISTER HERE by October 15.
[Please note that there will be no webinar/teleconference option for this event. There is no CLE available.] Coffee/Networking, 3:30-4:00 PM ET.

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ELI 2019 Corporate Forum

In the absence of a national government mandate to intensify use of renewable energy, many corporations are increasing their own reliance on renewable energy forces. Numerous utilities are likewise transitioning towards more renewable energy, including wind, thermal, and solar power in their energy mix. Despite these shifts, renewable energy continues to face challenges including those of battery storage, grid expansion and incorporation of renewables into the grid, energy transmission, initial project costs, and regulatory barriers.

How are utilities and energy-consuming companies’ intending on increasing their renewables portfolios while navigating this terrain? What role are renewable energy credits playing in the progression that many companies seek? What are the barriers to greater reliance on renewable energy and how might they be overcome? The 2019 Annual Corporate Forum will explore these questions and tackle the obstacles and opportunities for corporations and renewable energy.

Sofia O'Connor
, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Wayne Balta
, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs & Product Safety, IBM Corporation
Janice Dean, Deputy Counsel, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Beth Deane, Chief Counsel, Project Development, First Solar

If there are any materials for this session, they will be posted as they are received.

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