The 2012 GreenGov Symposium is presented by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  This year's program will be held Sept. 24-26, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

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Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios (last updated September 18, 2012)

Public-Private Partnerships and Third Party Financing Track

This page will be updated with additional program and speaker information over the next few weeks. Please note, all program information is subject to change.

The Basics of Performance Contracting   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
An introductory session in which panelists will discuss the essentials of performance contracting and identify key areas for attendees new to performance contracting to consider in their efforts to reduce energy consumption.

Speaker Bios:

Chip Goyette - Federal Energy Management Program,, U.S. Department of Energy
Chip Goyette is a member of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Project Transaction Services team where he serves as the lead for the ESPC ENABLE program and is responsible for various ESPC efforts including strategic planning. Prior to joining DOE FEMP, Mr. Goyette was the Branch Chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Environmental Management Branch where he established a new sustainability initiative in response to Executive Order 13514. Mr. Goyette holds a master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School and a bachelor’s of science degree in general management from Boston College.
Kinga Porst - Sustainability and Green Buildings Program Advisor, U.S. General Services Administration
Kinga Porst serves as an energy and water efficiency expert in the GSA, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings in particular focus on ESPCs, submetering, renewable energy, and indoor environmental quality. Kinga has I have over 18 years experience in the public and commercial building industry with extensive knowledge in energy management, energy analysis, air conditioning and green building practices and policies coupled with 10 years experience in sales and marketing management. In 2010, Kinga served as the elected President of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE for a one year term. Kinga has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters in Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Budapest. Kinga is a CEM and a LEED-AP.
Bob Slattery - R&D Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Bob Slattery is a Mechanical Engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). As a R&D staff member of ORNL’s Engineering Science and Technology Division, he provides technical support to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Mr. Slattery conducts engineering and economic analysis for FEMP’s ESPC program in the implementation of energy and cost savings projects at federal facilities.
MODERATOR: Geri Edens - Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Ms. Edens specializes in environmental and energy law. She leads McKenna’s Climate, Energy, and Sustainability Initiative and provides strategic advice to companies on US environmental and energy law and regulation. Ms. Edens’ practice focuses heavily on alternative energy projects and technologies, assisting clients with funding opportunities, as well as with project siting and permitting. She counsels and litigates issues under the National Environmental Policy Act, and related statutes including the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Clean Water Act. She currently represents Cape Wind Associates in its efforts to construct the first offshore wind project in the US.

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Understanding the Needs of Prospective Non-Federal Partners   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
This session will feature a discussion amongst non-Federal panelists whom share their perspectives on assessing opportunities and benefits of public-private partnership and third party financing opportunities. The panelists will also focus on how private sector entities examine and weigh risks and benefits on a project-by-project basis.

Speaker Bios:

Paul Hamilton - Vice President of Government Affairs, Schneider Electric
Paul has been actively engaged in Schneider Electric’s energy efficiency business since its inception and has supported strategy and business development for energy management around the world. Today Paul provides strategic direction for Schneider Electric’s government affairs, manages government relations activities across multiple businesses, and represents company positions with Congress, Federal agencies and allied organizations. He is active in number of committees and boards driving energy efficiency. Previously Paul managed various aspects of the services and automation businesses for Schneider Electric. He started his career at GE and was subsequently involved in two successful venture startups for industrial control systems. Paul graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is a Certified Energy Manager.
Kellie Newton - Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Ms. Newton provides corporate legal advice and services including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, operating procedures, corporate governance and dissolution. She also handles complex agreements and business arrangements including marketing, distribution, supply, dealer, sales rep, license, product and joint development agreements. Her clients are in a wide variety of industries including agriculture, energy, construction, chemicals, insurance, government contracts, consulting, plastic recycling and high-end consumer goods. Ms. Newton also has extensive experience in forming and representing tax-exempt organizations including trade associations, social welfare organizations, public charities, foundations, unincorporated non-profit associations and task forces. Additionally, Ms. Newton is involved in alternative energy projects, as well as public-private partnership (P3) projects to build and strengthen the U.S. transportation infrastructure.
Scott Provinse - Director of Government Programs, SunEdison
Scott Provinse is Director of Government Programs for SunEdison. Scott began his career at SunEdison as Associate General Counsel focusing on Power Purchase Agreements with commercial and government customers. In 2009, Scott moved full time to the business side of the company to focus exclusively on programs for government customers. Scott has actively negotiated all of SunEdison’s DOE/NREL PPAs, DOL PPAs, Navy and Air Force PPAs, as well as SunEdison’s GSA efforts, including its 1.1MW PV Plant at the Denver Federal Center. Scott is currently working with the Navy, Air Force and Army, among others, on innovative programs to provide cost effective solar energy to federal clients. Scott speaks regularly on renewable energy and the federal market. Prior to joining SunEdison, Scott ran his own yacht and marine business splitting time between the Caribbean, the East Coast and the Mediterranean. Prior to sailing, Scott practiced law as a litigator with Bracewell& Patterson in Houston, Texas, and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Harvey Brown, Jr., 152 Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas. Before attending law school, Scott worked extensively with a variety of health human and services organizations in Chicago and Texas. Sun Edison LLC is North America's largest solar energy services provider. SunEdison provides solar-generated energy at or below current retail utility rates to a broad and diverse client base of commercial, municipal and utility customers. The company headquarters are located in Belmont, California. Sun Edison LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEMC Holdings Corporation, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
MODERATOR: Gwen Davidow - Senior Director of Global Corporate Programs & Operations, World Environment Center
Ms. Davidow has focused her career on international business with a concentration on collaboration with non-government organizations focusing on international development. In her current capacity as Senior Director of Corporate Programs & Operations for the World Environment Center (WEC), Ms. Davidow manages several membership-based projects, such as the Greening the Supply Chain initiative in China. She also oversees regional activities in Latin America, including WEC’s current State Department-funded projects in several countries in Latin America on corporate sustainability realized through local, on the ground activities and applications. In 2011, Ms. Davidow took a temporary detail assignment as Senior Program Manager to the White House Council on Environmental Quality to help develop public private partnerships and interagency coordination for the annual GreenGov Symposium.

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Contracting Challenges and Standardization   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
Panelists in this session will discuss the hurdles that may be faced with projects financed through alternative contracting methods, the need and opportunity for standardization of contract vehicles and best practices for overcoming these barriers.

Speaker Bios:

Chris Halpin - President, Celtic Energy
Chris is the President of Celtic Energy, Inc. a consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency, performance contracting consulting, and sustainable/green building consulting, involved in over $1 Billion of projects since 2000. Since 1985, he has worked for several premiere ESCOs and consulting firms in engineering, management, and sales, and is a former Global Energy Manager for NCR. In 2009 he was selected by Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu to be an official Recovery Act Proposal Reviewer. Chris is a Mechanical Engineer, and registered PE in seven states and Ireland. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, and LEED AP. In 2011, He was honored by AEE as a ‘Legend in Energy’.
Annika Moman - Market Segment Leader, AECOM
Ms. Annika Moman, CEM is AECOM’s Energy Services leader for the Federal market on the east coast. She is responsible for the development and successful execution of projects ranging from consulting services to Energy Savings Performance Contracting. Annika has managed Sustainable Infrastructure Assessments for the Air Force, solar PV installations for the Navy, and numerous other energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for municipalities and public agencies. She has also worked for several large industrial clients investigating utility tariff disputes and advising them on greenhouse gas compliance and management. Annika holds Mechanical Engineering degrees from the US Naval Academy and San Diego State University, and is a former Marine Corps logistics officer.
Richard Norment - Executive Director, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Rick Norment serves as the chief of staff of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), an organization working to promote the use of public-private partnerships for improved delivery of public services and infrastructure. NCPPP is headquartered in Washington, DC(www.ncppp.org). Mr. Norment has over 30 years of experience in management and development of national associations. His first experience with public-private partnerships was with housing programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in the early 1970’s.
Michael Norton - Chief, Energy Implementation Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Michael Norton joined the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama in November 2004. He is currently serving as Chief, Energy Implementation Branch, overseeing the central management of several energy programs that include Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), Utility Energy Savings Contract (UESC), Energy Service Agreement/ Power Purchase Agreements (ESA/PPA), Commercial Utility Program (CUP) and Meter Data Management System (MDMS). In this capacity, he leads the development and implementation of energy, water and waste reduction efforts through several programs that support the Army, Air Force, Navy, USMC, etc. Prior to joining Huntsville Engineering & Support Center Michael Norton served in the US Army for over 20 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Corps of Engineers. While on active duty he served in a variety of assignments of increasing responsibilities that included being the Director of Public Works for Area Support Group responsible for all Army garrisons in Italy that included Vicenza and Livorno and concluded as being Deputy Commander of Tulsa District, USACE. Michael Norton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
MODERATOR: Roger Feldman - Counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP
Roger Feldman, Counsel at Andrews Kurth LLP (Washington DC) has practiced project finance and energy law for 40 years. He has worked extensively in the development of public-private partnerships and financial assistance arrangements for energy, environmental and other types of major infrastructure projects. He has also advised on the commercialization and financing of several innovative technologies. During his career, Roger has chaired the Project Finance and Development Groups of three major international law firms, He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for the past nine years .Roger has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committees on Renewable, Alternative and Distributed Energy .and on Carbon Trading and Energy Finance. He currently chairs its Committee on Private Sector and Public Innovation (which is focused on emerging public-private sustainability support programs of the Department of Defense and other public agencies). His public service includes Deputy Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration, the EPA Financial Advisory Board, the White House Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He currently is a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy and is Chairman Emeritus of The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Roger is a graduate with honors from Brown University, Yale Law School and Harvard Business School.

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Learning by Example: Case Studies of Third Party Financed Projects   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
A series of case studies on successful alternative financing practices that have been developed and applied to fund existing Federal projects.

Speaker Bios:

Jon Gensler - Federal Project Developer,Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
As a Federal Project Developer for Borrego Solar, Jon develops solar installations for the federal government with specific attention paid to the DoD, VA, and DHS. He has been an active member of the veteran’s advocacy group Operation Free and leads the Truman National Security Project’s National Energy Experts Group. He’s held positions with Lutron Electronics and the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). He is a LEED® Accredited Professional, and a veteran of the Iraq War. Jon has joined panels of experts at the US Senate in discussing national security and energy policy. He holds degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government.
John Hickey - Commanding Officer, Shore Maintenance Command, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain Hickey graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1985. After serving at sea, he went to the University of Illinois where he earned his graduate degree in Civil Engineering. He has served in engineering roles on both the east and west coasts as well as in Alaska and Hawaii. He was most recently the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Base in Honolulu, and he is currently the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Shore Maintenance Command in Seattle where he is focusing on the Coast Guard's Energy Program nationwide. He is a registered professional engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Manager.
Calvin Kawamura - Project Manager, Renewable Program Office, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
The Renewable Program Office at NAVFAC SW focuses primarily on generation of renewable energy through 3rd party ownership of generation assets on Navy and Marine Corps installations in the Southwest area of operations for the Department of Navy. Mr. Kawamura has over 20 years of experience in the Energy and Utilities fields in the Public Works sector. His expertise is in PPA structured third party financed projects, and in technical and engineering support of utility regulatory affairs. His current focus is on the development of large scale renewable generation, and on development of PPA’s for consumption of renewable energy on Navy and Marine Corps installations. Recent PPA successes for NAVFAC SW include a 13.7 MW PV system at NAWS China Lake, 1.15 MW PV at MCLB Barstow, 1.2 MW PV at 29 Palms, and 3 MW Landfill Gas at MCAS Miramar.
Tracy Logan - Program Analyst, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Tracy Logan is a Program Analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program. She leads the Federal On-Site Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Program, and her portfolio covers renewable power purchases, renewable energy certificates (RECs), Energy Savings Performance Contracts with PPA Energy Conservation Measures, and DOE utility acquisitions. While on detail to the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Tracy helped implement Executive Order 13514. Prior to FEMP, Tracy worked as a Staff Accountant at San Diego Gas & Electric Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law; she is licensed in the State of California.
Jesse Maestas - Vice President, URS Corporation
Jesse Maestas is a Vice President for URS Corporation leading the Americas West Group Energy Management Practice. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved with leading a variety of energy management programs for various public and private clients. His support of the US Coast Guard’s energy program, starting in 2005, has resulted in the award of 14 alternatively financed energy projects including several USCG firsts: the first landfill gas to energy project of 4.2 megawatts; and the first UESC with a local utility in Cape May, New Jersey; the first multi-site UESC for 11 locations in Florida; and the Coast Guard’s Puerto Rico project, which was the first federal ESPC with an embedded PPA. Mr. Maestas is a Certified Energy Manager and holds a BS of Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MS Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Kevin Prince - Project Development Manager, Federal Programs, SunPower Corporation
Kevin Prince is responsible for the project development of large-scale solar photovoltaic projects in the Federal sector. Kevin has worked closely with both the DoD and civilian agencies, utilizing both power purchase agreements and direct purchase structures. Kevin was the lead developer on the 6 MW PPA at the US Air Force Academy and the 14 MW PPA at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, which was the first federally compliant 20 year PPA. In total, Kevin has developed over 33 MW for 6 different federal agencies. Prior to joining SunPower in 2006, Kevin worked as a consultant in the financial services and electric utility sector. He received a B.A. in Business Administration--Finance from the University of Washington.
MODERATOR: K.C. Healy - Director, Federal Energy Management, Deloitte Consulting LLP
KC Healy leads the military energy management practice with responsibility for supporting Department of Defense clients in accomplishing their goals for energy and resources including alternative energy and renewable fuels, consumption reduction, efficiency improvements and security. KC brings over 26 years of energy industry experience, including sixteen years in consulting and ten years in the energy industry. During this time, KC has served his clients in the areas of energy strategy and portfolio development, performance management, business process reengineering, talent management and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining Deloitte, KC worked for a global energy company in various manufacturing and procurement capacities. He possesses seventeen years active and reserve experience in the U.S. Army. KC holds a bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

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