Building on last year's symposium that drew over 700 attendees, Energy Symposium 2016: Shaping the Future of Energy convenes utilities, startups, executives innovating in the energy ecosystem, and academics at Harvard Business School to identify the key trends that are shaping the industry now and will continue to do so over the next ten years.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Harvard Business School
Agenda and Logistics
Keynote: Jim Robo
Chairman and CEO of NextEra Energy
Keynote: Belgacem Chariag
President of Global Operations at Baker Hughes Incorporated
Keynote: Sonny Wu
Founder, Chairman, and Managing Director of GSR Ventures
Co-Founder and CEO of RigUp
Managing Director, EnerTech Capital
Investment Director, Saudi Aramco Ventures
CEO of World Climate Ltd.
Shaping the Future of Energy: Themes
The perennial question for long-term energy investments remains: is it bankable? In oil and gas, new private equity players are changing their typical fund structures to make bets on productive energy assets while energy giants with strong capital positions have their M&A departments hard at work. For renewable and clean energy assets, project finance continues to grow as their underlying projects become more scalable and cost-effective while new
projects such as energy storage and alternative financing techniques challenge the typical model.
Software and high-tech innovations have descended upon the energy sector, driving down costs and enabling new business models. Growth in energy storage throughout this year creates opportunities for energy management software that responds to customers' and utilities' needs. Innovation in solar continues to drive down both the hardware costs and the 'soft,' non-hardware costs. The low oil price environment has encouraged some companies to identify how they can improve efficiency and reduce their cost profile using high-tech solutions that lower the costs of production.
Policy & Trends
The 2015 Paris Climate Conference set ambitious targets and created incentives for countries to prevent deleterious effects on the environment. We'll examine the effects of COP21 over the last year and determine how its mandates will impact the energy industry. We'll also look closely at changes in the transportation sector including the increased adoption of electric vehicles planting seeds that may grow to change how our entire world moves.
Energy Finance Track Panels:
- Innovations in Renewable Energy Finance
- Private Equity seizing New Energy Opportunities
- Dealmaking in the Downturn
Innovation Track Panels:
- Energy Storage Driving Grid Optimization
- The Promise and Challenges of International Renewables Development
- Digital Oil Field: Innovating for a Low-Price Environment
Policy & Trends Track Panels:
- One-Year Out: Assessing the Effects of the Paris Agreement
- Large Commercial & Industrial Customers Emerging as New Players in Energy Generation
- Electric Vehicles: Early Results and Ecosystem Needed to Grow