About ACORE Finance West

Bringing together renewable energy investors, developers and purchasers to assess current market trends

ACORE Finance West convenes a select group of prominent renewable energy executives, investors, corporate purchasers, and other top transactional professionals to assess recent developments, increase deal flow and maximize opportunities for financing and development of renewable energy in the Western U.S.

  • Assess how emerging trends in corporate procurement, distributed generation, community solar, grid modernization and other market developments will impact a changing electricity marketplace and affect renewable energy finance and growth in western states;

  • Discuss challenges in securing capital for the diverse range of renewable energy projects in the West, including small, mid-market, and large/utility scale;

  • Identify financing mechanisms and policies that help reduce costs and promote deployment of integration and storage

  • Examine how the changing policy and regulatory landscape will impact investment in renewables, including the recent tax credit extensions and related guidance, expanded RPS policies, legal uncertainty surrounding Clean Power Plan implementation strategies, and efforts to create a west-wide RTO.

ACORE Finance West is hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a nonprofit group with hundreds of organizational members from across the spectrum of renewable energy technologies and a producer of REFF-Wall Street, the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S.

ACORE Finance West Agenda

November 1, 2016 | Parc 55 | San Francisco


Networking Breakfast





9:30pm - 9:45pm

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Market Review


  • Dan Shurey, Senior Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Investor Roundtable
Leading financiers will assess the landscape for renewable energy investment in the western U.S., including the availability of tax equity, M&A activity, state of capital markets, and attracting more capital to the West.


  • Ted Brandt, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Capital (moderator)
  • Jordan Newman, Director, Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance, Wells Fargo
  • Skip Grow, Managing Director, Head of Clean Technologies Group, Morgan Stanley
  • Sue Sparks, Vice President, PNC Energy Capital LLC
  • Jack Cargas, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Matthew Ptak, CFA, Director, BlackRock Infrastructure Investment Group


Investors Q&A


Networking Break


Fireside Chat: Corporate Sustainability and Circular Economy
There is no question that the world’s largest tech companies are leading the charge amongst corporate procurers of renewable energy. More recently you may have also heard about their push to drive circular economy principles across their businesses and products. What is the role of renewable energy in a new circular economy? How are these companies approaching this shift across their business? This fireside chat will feature the heads of sustainability at leading tech companies to discuss their strategies moving forward.



Networking Lunch


Financing the Western Grid of the Future: Integration, Interconnection & Market Signals
Investors will consider the market signals necessary to incentivize movement to the grid of the future based on a growing role for renewable energy generation, including state and regional efforts to interconnect the western grid, integrate increasing centralized and distributed renewable generation while facing curtailment, and promote customer service. The panel will also address evolving models for financing distributed solar as many states adjust their net metering programs as well as the emergence of community solar markets.


  • Ed Feo, President, Coronal Energy (moderator)
  • Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, PG&E Company
  • Steve Vavrik, Chief Commercial Officer, Apex Clean Energy
  • Betty Watson, Director, Policy & Electricity Markets, SolarCity


Networking Break


CEO Outlook
Industry CEOs will engage in an interactive discussion to examine challenges in securing capital and surmounting other development challenges for the diverse range of renewable energy projects in the West, and will discuss how the federal and state policy environments shape their outlooks for growth.



New Report: The Energy Storage Value Proposition



Strategies for Achieving Deep Decarbonization
This panel will assess the growing deep decarbonization movement in California and consider how to mobilize the financial sector behind efforts to decarbonize the energy and transportation systems. Panelists will evaluate long-term approaches to renewable energy finance that help accelerate achievement of greenhouse gas emission reduction and air quality targets. 


  • Susan Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison Foerster (moderator)
  • David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Sarah W. Kearney, Founder & Executive Director, PRIME
  • Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University
  • Mike Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, CitiGroup
  • Bill Weihl, Director of Sustainability, Facebook


Networking Reception  Sponsored by


ACORE Finance West 2016 will be held at Parc 55, a Hilton Hotel, which is a landmark property with exceptional amenities and hotel services. Hotel accommodations are available at Parc 55 at the special rate of $349.00 per room per night. This special rate is available through Monday, October 10, 2016 and is only available to ACORE Finance West attendees.

Parc 55, a Hilton Hotel
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 392-8000

Registration & Pricing

Standard Rate


Member Rate


Standard Gov't, Non-Profit, Academic Rate


Member Gov't, Non-Profit, Academic Rate


Early Bird and multiple booking discounts do not apply to Gov’t, Non-Profit, Academic rates

Refund Policy: A full refund (less a 10% administration charge) is available for cancellations received in writing by October 1, 2016. You will be liable for the full conference fee after this date. However, a substitute delegate may attend in your place at no extra charge, provided you notify us in writing before the event. Registrations received after October 1, 2016 are non-refundable.

Please note:
Delegate passes are for use by one person only, and the swapping of badges will not be permitted. There is an additional $100.00 administration fee for onsite registration.

Contact Us


American Council On Renewable Energy
1600 K Street NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006
Mail: P.O. Box 33518
Washington, DC 20033