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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Harvard Business School
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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


Kate Richard
Founder and CEO, Warwick Energy Group

Rohit Modi
Chief Executive of the Solar Division, Suzlon

Shaun Finnie
Senior Managing Director and Head of Oil & Gas Acquisition & Divestiture Advisory Business, Evercore Partners


Shannon Miller
CEO, EtaGen


Shaping the Future of Energy: Themes

Energy Finance

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