Global Business And Policy Leaders Set To Discuss The Transformation Of The Energy System


Bloomberg New Energy Finance will welcome more than 1,000 global energy leaders at its upcoming Future of Energy Summit, 13-15 April at the Grand Hyatt in New York. Now in its eighth year, the forum is one of the most respected in the energy industry, gathering together the executives, senior investors and policy-makers who collectively drive the world’s transition to cleaner energy.

This year’s theme, “opportunities in transformation” will be explored in 45 sessions covering key areas for the future of utilities and the energy system worldwide: those areas are power generation, grids, connected homes and vehicles.

Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “Last year, the Summit focused on ‘phase change’ – the idea that profound change going on under the surface in the energy system may manifest itself quite suddenly and decisively. This year, we will be debating four areas core to the transformation that is happening. It will be fascinating to pull the insights we get on each into one picture.”

There is much to discuss. 2014 saw a rebound in global clean energy investment, up 16% to $310bn after two years of decline. There was also some 95GW of wind and solar generating capacity installed worldwide, easily a record. Major announcements includedGoogle’s $3.2bn acquisition of Nest, a climate change agreement between China and the US, and E.ON’s historic decision to split into two companies, selling off its conventional generation assets to concentrate on its renewable power and consumer-facing activities.

Highlights of the 2015 Summit include:

    • Al Gore, Former Vice President, United States
    • Michael Bloomberg, United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
    • Minister Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
    • Minister Maximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy, Chile
    • Brad Buss, CFO, SolarCity
    • Jim Rogers, Former Chairman of the Board, Duke Energy
    • Chair Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York State Public Service Commission
  • CEO discussions:
    • Badar Khan, President and CEO, Direct Energy
    • Jim Hughes, CEO, First Solar
    • Ralph Izzo, Chairman and CEO, PSEG
    • Amy Ericson, President and CEO, Alstom USA
    • Francesco Venturini, CEO and General Manager, Enel Green Power
    • Michael Garland, President and CEO, Pattern Energy Group
    • Shaun Kingsbury, CEO, UK Green Investment Bank
    • Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power
  • Additional key speakers include:
    • Raphael Schoentgen, CTO, GDF Suez
    • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, Aspen Institute
    • Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission
    • Leonardo Beltran, Deputy Secretary for Planning & Energy Transition, Mexico
    • Connie Hedegaard, Former Commissioner for Climate Action, European Union
    • Gil Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority
    • Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman Sachs
    • Jonathan Mir, Managing Director, Head of North American Power & Utilities, Lazard
    • Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Solar Electric Power Association

SUMMIT SPONSORS: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Lockheed Martin, Direct Energy, Fuel Choices Initiative, AIG, Applied Materials, Black & Veatch, Cemex, Cycle Capital Management, Enphase, ET Solar, Novozymes, Nuclear Matters, ProMexico, Shikun & Binui, Steptoe & Johnson, Wartsila, Zayed Future Energy Prize.