2008 Summit Agenda

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

10:00am - 3:00pm
Registration Open: AT&T Center - 2nd floor AT&T Conference Center, Amphitheater 204

11:30am - 12:30pm


*NEW!* Luncheon - Solar: The Bright Spot in Energy -
Sponsored by the Solar Alliance
William Lee - Vice President of Project Finance & Corporate Development, SunEdison
Mac Irvin - Managing Director of Structured Finance, SunPower Corporation

1:00pm - 2:15pm








Carbon Market Winners: What It Will Take? - AT&T Conference Center, Amphitheater 204
Success in the new energy economy requires keen understanding of how the effective structure of the emerging carbon markets will directly influence the strategies of energy industry players and create new niches for specialized commercial efforts. In short, who can generate new earnings (or avoid pitfalls) and what types of new ventures can fill new market needs? The panel combines two leading Texas players in the new carbon energy economy, and counsel to energy firms which utilize corporate, project, and venture capital finance. Collectively, they will give you insights into effectively addressing the options which the changing energy policy landscape has and will present.

MODERATOR: Roger Feldman - Partner, Andrews Kurth, LLP, Washington DC
PANELISTS: Randy Lack - Managing Director, Element Markets
Alan Bickerstaff - Partner, Andrews Kurth, LLP ,Austin, TX
Russell Martin - Executive Vice President, Blue Source, LLC

Sponsored by Andrews Kurth LLP

2:30pm - 3:45pm










Policy, Compliance, and Finance Perspectives on Business in a Carbon Constrained World - AT&T Conference Center, Amphitheater 204
Climate change is a substantial and growing issue for companies regardless of industry. In spite of the buzz around the burgeoning investment in cleantech, companies in this space face significant challenges today to raise the capital necessary to fund often large-scale projects. Legislative and regulatory considerations can make or break renewable and more traditional energy projects alike. Understanding federal, regional, and state climate initiatives has become important for companies in all industries that face compliance obligations and participate in carbon markets. Hear state policy makers, industry experts, and Baker Botts lawyers share their perspectives on some key public policy, regulatory/compliance, financial, and intellectual property strategies and considerations that are likely to be important for companies working to build and equip cleantech fabrication plants, biorefineries and other cleantech projects, as well as for more traditional energy companies that are a key part of the Texas economy.

MODERATOR: Steve McMillen - Special Counsel, Baker Botts L.L.P.
PANELISTS: Tristan Castaneda - Government Relations Manager, Baker Botts L.L.P.
Patrick Basinski - Associate, Baker Botts L.L.P.
Luke Pedersen - Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Sponsored by
Baker Botts LLP

5:15pm - 5:45pm

Welcome City Hall: Sponsored by the Austin Chamber of Commerce

5:45pm - 7:00pm




Clean Energy Reception at Austin City Hall
Dr. Michael Webber - Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Jose Beceiro - Director of Clean Energy, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Reed Benet - Clean Energy Incubator Director, Austin Technology Incubator
Mayor Will Wynn, City of Austin
Representative Mark Strama - Texas House of Representatives
Lloyd Doggett - Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, 25th District


Wednesday, December 3, 2008


7:00am - 8:00am

Registration & Continental Breakfast: AT&T Conference Center, Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am - 8:45am

Welcome: Dr. Michael Webber - Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Conference Welcome: Dr. Juan Sanchez - Vice President of Research, The University of Texas at Austin

8:45am - 9:15am

Carbon 101: The Carbon Emissions Context Globally, Nationally and in Texas
Professor David Allen - Director, CEER

9:15am - 10:15am
Pecan Street Project Announcement
Brewster McCracken - Mayor Pro Tem
Roger Duncan - General Manager, Austin Energy

10:15am - 10:30am


10:30am - 11:45pm









Utility Panel: Opportunities As Electric Utilities Adjust to a Lower-Carbon Future
Texas’ electric utilities generate more electricity from hydrocarbons, including coal more than any other source. As a result, any shift to priced carbon is likely to have significant consequences for this multi-billion dollar Texas industry. This panel discusses the opportunities – for utilities, their suppliers, and customers – that will be created as electricity companies adjust their generation mix and consumers change their consumption behavior in likely response to incentives to reduce carbon production and/or consumption. The panel will also address how these opportunities are enabled by the unique utility environment in Texas (deregulation, ERCOT, investment in transmission capacity, and others) and additional responses that could position Texas utilities for success in a lower carbon future.
MODERATOR: Derek Willis- Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
PANELISTS: Roger Duncan - Deputy General Manager, Austin Energy
Bic Stevens - Vice President of Marketing, Premium Power Corporation
David Campbell - CEO, Luminant
Thomas Mason - General Manager & CEO, LCRA
Mark Denissen - VIce President of Worldwide Strategic Marketing, Texas Instruments

12:00pm - 1:30pm



Lunch Keynotes
Introduction: Robert H. McCooey, Jr. - Vice President of New Listings & Capital Markets, NASDAQOMX Group
Keynote: Annette Finsterbusch - Director, Applied Ventures
Fred Krupp - President, Environmental Defense Fund

1:30pm - 2:45pm








Venture Capital Panel: Outlook for Renewable Energy and Low-Carbon Technologies
In the wake of the financial crisis, the clean and renewable energy sector has proven to be an area of strength for venture capital investors. While venture investing as a category slowed 7.1% from 3Q07 to 3Q08, venture investing in cleantech grew 91% over the same period. Investment is growing in all geographies and practically all sectors of the clean energy industry, including renewable energy, biofuels, energy storage and efficiency technologies, hydrogen and fuel cells and associated services. This panel of leading national investors will discuss the trends in the financial markets and the future of venture capital investment in cleantech.
Nick Fox - Partner, Vinson & Elkins, LLP
PANELISTS: Charley Dean - Principal, Silverton Partners

Dr. Paul Campbell - Director, DFJ Mercury
Will Robertson - Managing Director, Midstream and Power, Quintana Capital Group, L.P.
Al Schuele - General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds
Rex Holmes - Southwest Area Clean Energy Leader, Ernst & Young

2:45pm - 3:00pm



3:00pm - 4:15pm









Agriculture Panel: Sustaining Texas’ Most Sustainable Industry Sector
Texan agriculture contributes $73 billion dollars into the economy and 7% of our nation’s agricultural product will be heavily impacted by carbon regulation. It is a large consumer of carbon, from fertilizers to fuels. Parts of the industry, such as dairy, are also significant producers of carbon. Agriculture promises to be one of the “solution industries” for a lower carbon world through plant-based carbon mitigation strategies. This panel focuses on new agricultural products, services, practices, and technologies that are likely to arise as the industry responds to carbon regulation.
MODERATOR:Lee Ann Woods - Founder, AgTech Ventures
PANELISTS: Charles Nunu - Managing Partner, Element Markets
Pearce Hammond - Director of Research, Simmons & Company International

John Howe - Vice President of Public Affairs, Verenium Corporation
Gary Clos - Regional Director, AgraGate Corporation
Judy Fort - Development Specialist, Texas Department of Agriculture

4:15pm - 5:30pm








Power: The Next Generation
The world may be changing, but its need for power isn't. Texas -- and the rest of the globe-- will need new sources of energy to power its future economy. We know that mix will have to be cleaner, but what will that mix look like? Will carbon sequestration make coal a climate-compatible fuel? Is solar the next economic boom for Texas? How can we learn from our success with wind to make Texas next investment in clean generation more lucrative? Experts from various new energy generation interests will discuss the Texas future generation portfolio and the regulation, legislation and market conditions that will spur generation investments in the Lone Star State.
MODERATOR: Chris Hughes - Partner, Brown McCarroll LLP
PANELISTS: Richard Gruber - Vice President of Development, First Solar
Harold D. Marshall Jr - Co-Founder, Long Branch Capital, LLC
Iga Hallberg - Vice President Business Development, Heliovolt
Ron Heine - Wind Energy Program Manager, TECO Westinghouse
Mark Walker - Director of Regulatory Affairs, NRG

6:15pm -9:00pm

BBQ Extravaganza pt. II - Stubbs Barbecue - Sponsored by Ernst & Young and Vinson & Elkins, LLP
Musical Performance by Carolyn Wonderland


Thursday, December 4, 2008

7:30am - 8:30am
Registration & Continental Breakfast - AT&T Conference Center, Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am - 8:30am

Welcome and recap
Colin Rowan - Partner, I&O Communications

8:30am - 9:15am


Keynote 1: Economic Opportunity for Existing Industry
Dr. Ford Tamer - Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures
9:15am - 9:30am

9:30am - 11:00am







State Policy Panel: How Will Texas Lead in a Lower Carbon World?
Texas has been a global leader in the hydrocarbon economy. As global attitudes towards carbon shift, what policy responses does Texas need to make to ensure continued leadership and economic growth? What unique assets does Texas bring to the table? What State policies best exploit those assets? And how can the State of Texas best position itself to profit from a lower carbon world?
MODERATOR: Becky Klein - President, RA Klein & Co.
PANELISTS: Phil Wilson - Senior VP of Public Affairs, Luminant
Jim Marston - Regional Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Jerry Patterson - Commissioner, Texas Land Office
Representative Phil King - Chairman, Regulated Industries Committee
Brian Lloyd - Energy Advisor, Governor's Office

11:00am - 11:45am

Finale Keynote: The Future of the Energy Economy

Kirk P. Watson - Texas State Senator, District 14

12:00pm - 1:00pm




Boxed Lunch - Panel: Wrap up: Roadmap to the Legislature
Where do we go from here?  Tax incentives?  R&D investment?  New RPS targets?  All of the above?  Our panel will highlight key themes from the previous days' panels and keynotes and offer suggestions for the upcoming legislature that could accelerate the growth of the new energy economy in Texas.
MODERATOR: Colin Rowan - Partner of I&O Communications
PANELISTS: Dr. B.J. Stanbery - CEO and Founder, Heliovolt
Pike Powers - Of Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
Paul Hudson - Former Commissioner, Public Utility Commission of Texas
Senator Rodney Ellis - Texas Senate District 13




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