Community Choice Energy Summit - Presented by Infocast

Connect with Community Choice Aggregators: the Hot New Renewable Energy Procurement Market

According to the CPUC, CCAs – Community Choice Aggregators – may be serving up to 85% of state load by the 2020s. Many dozens of counties and municipalities are coalescing to form further CCAs, in addition to the half dozen already up and running.

All these new CCAs must develop clean power procurement strategies appropriate to their local mandates, organize funding, identify key partners (consultants, power brokers and schedulers, project developers, third party aggregators), design and issue RFPs, and learn about evolving PPAs for renewable or low carbon power.

Infocast’s Community Choice Energy Summit will bring together existing CCAs with knowhow under their belt to share insights with a bevy of emerging CCAs and related task forces and steering committees. Together they will explore best practices for integrating bulk power from wholesale markets with newer PPA strategies, local DER / efficiency strategies and programs — the “CCA 2.0 and 3.0” evolution. Renewable developers and solution providers will build relationships with the upcoming wave of CCAs and collaborate to fine-tune or innovate contractual and financing structures and related services to the needs of the new “Energy Democracy” movement.

Featuring Two Pre-Summit Workshops:

Workshop A: How to Start a CCA: Legal, Operational and Financial Steps
This tutorial / 101 workshop is designed for governments and non-profits either in the process of forming their own CCA, or seriously weighing the pros and cons, as well as for solution providers looking to plan for the needs of many emerging CCAs.

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Workshop B: CCA Power Moves: Tools, Strategies and New Ideas
This workshop provides an opportunity for presentation-based deep dives into the power procurement, planning and contracting functions of the CCA, as well as profiling “CCA 2.0 /3.0” pilots, platforms and innovations.

Complimentary Webinar:
The Effects of CCA on the California Power Market

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Nick Chaset

EAST BAY COMMUNITY ENERGY

Paul Fenn

LOCAL POWER, INC.

Greg Brehm

MARIN CLEAN ENERGY (MCE)

Cathy DeFalco, EJD, C.P.M.

LANCASTER CHOICE ENERGY, CITY OF LANCASTER

Siobhan Doherty

PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY

David McNeil, CFA

MARIN CLEAN ENERGY (MCE)

Steve Shupe

SONOMA CLEAN POWER AUTHORITY

Catherine Blakespear

CITY OF ENCINITAS

René Bobadilla

CITY OF PICO RIVERA

Scott Mann

SLO CLEAN ENERGY

Kerrie Romanow

CITY OF SAN JOSE

Stephen Fleming

RIVER CITY BANK

Woody Hastings

CENTER FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION

Joseph Natoli

GOLDMAN SACHS

Beth Waters

MUFG - PROJECT FINANCE, AMERICAS

Tom Cuccia

California Independent System Operator

Tom Kirk

COACHELLA VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS

Don Eckert

SILICON VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY

EDMS

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EDMS, LLC is a data management provider that ensures proper linkage between California’s investor-owned utilities and Direct Access customers, Community Choice and other similar clients. Headquartered in San Diego and a branch location in Sunnyvale, EDMS has 13 years of experience serving the data and back-office needs of its clients, processing millions of MWh of data annually. EDMS’s solid history of providing secure, accurate, and timely data services is recognized throughout the California energy industry.
EDMS’s comprehensive suite of back-office solutions is tailored to address unique business process needs; whether a client is a newly launched City CCA or well established countywide CCA. Moreover, our system has been extensively tested to accommodate more than a million customer accounts and provides custom web dashboards and detailed reports to support this volume of data. Our flexibility has helped EDMS’s clients achieve consistent growth and profitability for more than a decade.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP/Chadbourne

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Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright merged on June 30 to make a combined firm with 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices in 33 countries, including 400 working in the power sector of whom close to a 100 are in the United States.  The prestigious Chambers directory has consistently ranked the Chadbourne project finance team at the top of the US renewable energy market based on year-round interviewing of corporate law departments and peers at other firms.  The group did $53.5 billion in financings in the last two years.   Approximately 60% of the work of the group in each of the last 11 years has been in renewable energy. The group has worked on projects in more than 80 countries.

cPower

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CPower is a demand-side energy management company. We help our customers SAVE on energy costs, EARN revenue, meet their sustainability goals, and increase grid reliability. Our CPower team learns about the intricacies of our customers’ organizations. Then we create for them a CPoweredTM Strategy, consisting of the optimal combination of behind-the-meter program and implementation solutions to suit the specific needs of the customer.

Green Charge

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Green Charge designs and deploys commercial and grid-scale energy storage. Backed by ENGIE, the largest independent power producer in the world, Green Charge’s mission is to use energy storage to power the world efficiently and sustainably. Our team is comprised of top energy storage industry experts, who provide performance-based solutions to optimize the value of energy for our customers. Our ecosystem of solar, EV charging, and energy efficiency partners allows customers to combine energy storage and renewables easily and economically.

Wilson Sonsini

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is uniquely positioned to help companies and their financial partners realize the vast promise of the energy and clean technology field. The firm’s traditional leadership in the technology sector makes us exceptionally well suited to serve as a strategic advisor to visionary companies at all stages of development.

To take full advantage of this unparalleled platform, we have assembled a highly specialized team of energy and clean technology attorneys, giving us top-tier expertise in everything from patents to project finance, government affairs to tax structures. Also setting the firm apart are our longstanding relationships with venture capitalists, private equity firms, and major financial institutions across the U.S. and abroad, which allow us to serve as a conduit to—and advisor regarding—-a wide variety of funding sources. When it comes to structuring and closing groundbreaking transactions in the emerging energy economy, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has become the firm of choice for leading companies, investors, and lenders.

Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC

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Headquartered in San Diego, California, Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC is part of a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest Electric Service Providers in the U.S., operating in every competitive electricity market in the country to supply competitively priced energy and services to retail electricity consumers. Our CCA team has been providing Data Management and Call Center Services for CCAs since 2010 and is comprised of 50 full-time employees performing the critical, highly specialized, operations work that supports every CCA operating in California. We have helped launch all 9 CCAs, managing over a hundred startup activities per CCA, and implemented 20+ additional mass enrollment phases. We are now servicing over 1.2 million CCA customers across the state today.

CLEAResult

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CLEAResult is the largest company dedicated to providing energy efficiency and demand-side management programs in North America. CLEAResult helps utilities process over 50 million customer applications annually working with a network of over 30,000 contractors across the United States. In 2016 alone, CLEAResult programs helped utilities and their customers save over 4,500 GWh and 54 million therms, resulting in customer energy cost savings of over $530MM.

CLEAResult has offices in Oakland, San Bruno, Los Angeles, and San Diego and an active team of over 100 California staff running over 50 programs – including some of the most innovative programs in the state. CLEAResult provides program design, implementation, technical support, engineering, marketing, outreach, call-center, training, and incentive services to public and investor-owned utilities, local governments, and, directly to customers in California across the commercial, residential, industrial, agricultural, and public sectors.

GPT

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Founded in 2004, GPT, Inc. is a California corporation that provides advanced energy information systems and services for some of the largest retail energy companies in North America. GPT delivers innovative back office applications specifically to meet the unique needs of mass market energy suppliers and consumers. Our ability to provide our clients with unprecedented Web-based solutions is a culmination of our practical knowledge and our advanced software development capabilities.

GPT offers Big Data processing and advanced Web applications through our Solvryn℠ Enterprise system. We developed our own Trade Secret system to ensure high-quality and efficient work flows. Our clients' success directly relates to our success. Consequently, we are motivated to deliver services that improve efficiency and accuracy. We achieve this through the utilization of Solvryn℠ Enterprise. The advanced functionality available in Solvryn℠ Enterprise is proven and is continually evolving to provide leading edge system capabilities.

OneGRID Corp

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oneGRID Corp. “unlocks” renewable generation resources with innovative and proprietary underwater high-voltage direct current (“HVDC”) transmission projects that solve for congestion and strengthen grid reliability. With projects in both North and South America, oneGRID is committed to responsible development that respects local communities and minimizes environmental impact.

oneGRID’s transmission projects provide an opportunity for system operators to tap into new sources of energy including hydroelectric, wind, solar and other renewables. In doing so, significantly improving grid reliability and stability and reducing electric congestion as well as greenhouse gas emissions in the region.

oneGRID supports local renewable standard initiatives by delivering large-scale load-balanced solutions to customers including utilities, LSEs, CCAs, municipalities, etc. and by placing a high priority on local economic benefits.

GridX, Inc.

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GridX is a leading provider of Big Data Billing and Data Management solutions to Community Choice Energy providers, retails suppliers and integrated utilities. Our clients include some of the largest IOUs and MOUs and innovative CCAs.

Our core technology consists of Big Data (Interval) Billing, Settlement and Advanced Analytics. Leveraging this technology, we have developed a suite of applications to streamline business operations. This integrated solution set serves as a “CCA-in-a-Box” to enable the successful launch of a CCA as well as ultimately achieving the aspirations of the Community Choice movement.

We call this CCA-in-a-box the GridX Business Operation Support System (BOSS). BOSS includes a full suite of tools that enables management of rate design & development, rate marketing, customer engagement, retail billing, wholesale (shadow) settlement, load forecasting, revenue forecasting, and revenue & margin simulation and optimization.

EES Consulting

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EES Consulting Inc (EES) is a registered professional engineering and management consulting corporation that provides a broad array of economic, engineering and environmental services to clients involved in electrical power, natural gas, telecommunications, water and other energy and natural resource-related businesses.

EES has assisted clients in meeting the challenges in evolving competitive, regulatory and technical environments. Our economic and financial specialties include community choice aggregation and operational studies and analysis, conservation, electric generation, alternative and renewable energy analysis (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass), electricity and fuel price forecasting, and any other demand or supply arrangements within utility business.

EES either has or is still providing CCA-related consulting services to the Counties of Los Angeles and Butte, City of San Jose, Alameda County, West Riverside COG, Coachella Valley, SAn Bernardino Association of Governments and the City of Solana Beach.

Whisker Labs

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Connected SavingsSM from Whisker Labs is a complete Intelligent Demand Side Management (ISDM) service that combines real-time weather data with patented technology to deliver load reduction by optimizing connected thermostat set-points. Home-specific thermodynamic models enable superior Demand Response delivering 1.77 kW per home and aggregation of over 37MW of residential HVAC load in Texas (summer of 2015). Whisker Labs joined as the first independent residential DR aggregator in PJM and is also participating in ERCOT, with others to come! Our extensive OEM integration and service provider partner ecosystem includes Comcast, Honeywell, ecobee, Emerson and others to ensure broad span residential participation in DR programs. www.whiskerlabs.com

Direct Energy

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Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers with nearly five million residential and commercial customers. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 4 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit www.directenergy.com.

GCL New Energy

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GCL New Energy, Inc. is a leading utility scale solar developer and IPP based in San Ramon, California that has developed over 750 MW currently in operation since 2009 and has an additional 750 MW in development. It is the wholly-owned international solar IPP subsidiary of GCL New Energy Holdings Ltd., the largest non-state owned solar IPP in China with over 5 GW installed. GCL New Energy belongs to the GCL Group of companies, the largest solar group in the world. GCL Group also comprises the world’s largest polysilicon and wafer manufacturer in GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd. and a Tier 1 solar module manufacturer in GCL System Integration Technology Co. Ltd. GCL New Energy is developing up to 300 MWAC in California connecting into the CAISO network and available to come online in the 2020-2021 timeframe. Smaller project sizes are also available. Contact Marina Solomon (msolomon@gclnewenergy.com) for more information.

TerraVerde

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TerraVerde is an independent energy advisor supporting Distributed Energy Resource (“DER”) project and program implementation and management. We have developed $350 million of DERs, including, 70 MWs of solar, 13 MWs battery storage, and $50 Million of energy conservation measures. We provide a full range of energy advisory, project and asset management services, including:

Advisor: Energy assessments and rate analyses that determine whether investments in efficiency, solar, and battery projects are financially viable.

Owner’s Representative: Producing technical specifications and contract doc
uments for bid, value engineering, and contracting processes; ensuring that clients receive the highest value products and services.

Project Manager: Overseeing the design, engineering, and construction process; acting as owner’s rep, ensuring that projects are completed on-time and on-budget.

Asset Manager: Providing comprehensive Asset Management Services, ensuring that preventive and corrective maintenance is performed in the timeliest and most cost-effective manner, and that the project produces the promised benefits.

CalCCA

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Center for Climate Protection

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Center for Sustainable Energy

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Founded in 1996, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to developing a clean energy future that addresses climate change, increases energy independence and generates lasting economic and environmental benefits. CSE empowers such innovation by leveraging its expertise in clean transportation, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, energy engineering and regulatory and policy support. As a trusted advisor, CSE partners with clients of all sizes to achieve their sustainability objectives through a suite of energy services that include comprehensive program design and management, research and analysis, technical advising, incentive and rebate management, and education and outreach. CSE is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Boston, Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif.

Clean Coalition

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The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technical, policy, and project development expertise. The Clean Coalition drives policy innovation to remove barriers to procurement and interconnection of distributed energy resources (DER) – such as local renewables, advanced inverters, demand response, and energy storage – and we establish market mechanisms that realize the full potential of integrating these solutions. The Clean Coalition also collaborates with utilities and municipalities to create near-term deployment opportunities that prove the technical and financial viability of local renewables and other DER.

Clean Power Healthy Communities Gathering

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Looking to increase the addressable market of community choice energy? Join the the region’s top clean energy thinkers and decision makers representing labor, government, green business, environment, and underrepresented community sectors to celebrate and strategize for energy democracy with Local Clean Energy Alliance.

On Nov 16-17: Clean Power, Healthy Communities 2017, hosted by the Local Clean Energy Alliance, is a special gathering of clean energy and social justice advocates at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, CA. Over the last seven year, this gathering has helped build a constituency for decentralized energy policies and programs in California—most notably for Community Choice energy. Join us in this pivotal year.

Climate Corps

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Emerald Cities

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Green-e

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Green-e is a program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, and is North America’s leading independent risk assurance and consumer protection program for the purchase and sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification services through Green-e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green-e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; Green-e Direct, an energy purchase certification program, and Green-e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green-e Certified products and programs available in U.S. and Canada and coming soon for some international regions, visit www.green-e.org.

Local Clean Energy Alliance

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The Local Clean Energy Alliance is the Bay Area’s foremost membership organization working at the local, state, and national level to promote a clean energy future through the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources. We see these resources as key to addressing climate change, advancing social and racial justice, and building sustainable and resilient communities. The Alliance believes that it is through the development of local decentralized energy that communities can transition to a clean energy economy, increasing local investment, creating family-sustaining clean energy jobs, and improving community health.

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI)

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The Energy Coalition

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The Offset Project

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Western Community Energy (WCE)

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Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)

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ZNE Alliance

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Energy Insight

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Energy Insight is an independent web journal focused on renewable energy in every form including solar, wind, biofuel, hydrokinetic, and geothermal power.

Stratton Report

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As the power industry finds innovative ways of financing and delivering assets and services, the Stratton Report is there with coverage and analysis of deals, developments, and innovation in business models, policy and technologies. Our coverage includes everything you need to know about today’s world of electric power finance, clean generation and distributed grid innovation. We provide interactions with experts, innovators, and key industry players. We deliver insight via traditional journalism, social media, video content, and face-to-face meetings.

Utility Dive

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Utility Dive covers industry news and provides original analysis on the latest happenings in utility and energy. Their mission is to provide busy executives with a bird’s-eye-view of the utilities industry in 60 seconds. With a mobile-optimized daily email newsletter, website, and app, Utility Dive keeps you informed on the go. You’ll get coverage of topics such as smart grid, energy efficiency, regulation and policy, grid security, distributed generation, renewable energy, and more.

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