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March 26 | 10am-2pm EST

A half-day virtual workshop exploring new ways to deepen the impact of corporate clean energy initiatives

Join us on March 26 to explore new avenues for corporate action – beyond procurement – that can help accelerate grid decarbonization and improve reliability.

The Imperative

Climate science makes it clear we must cut global greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Corporate action is a powerful catalyst for change. According to Rocky Mountain Institute, since 2008, corporate renewable purchases have helped bring on line 148 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity globally — more than the total power-generating capacity of France.

The Challenge

To achieve our clean energy goals, new technologies need to be deployed at an unprecedented scale and rate. The U.S. Department of Energy says the grid may need to expand by 60% by 2030 and triple by 2050 to meet clean energy demands. Reliability is also an issue, particularly as extreme weather events become more frequent and devastating.

The Solutions

It’s time to explore new avenues for corporate action in addition to procurement that can help accelerate grid decarbonization and improve reliability. From new clean energy technologies, to storage, to enabling more efficient use of electricity in buildings, transportation, and the industrial sectors – there are many ways to deepen your impact and achieve transformational change for your business and the grid.

Many corporations are factoring the carbon intensity of the grid into their decision-making.

It’s informing where to focus decarbonization efforts to achieve faster progress and more bang for the buck. Learn about grid decarbonization as it applies to:

Energy Storage

Long-duration energy storage (LDES), is expected to reduce the cost of fully firm renewable power to below $100 per MWh if deployment continues to accelerate.

Clean Supply Chains

90% of the global economy is committed to reaching net-zero emissions and more than 1,800 businesses are working toward net-zero Science Based Targets. Achieving net zero requires businesses to address Scope 3; all indirect emissions from the value chain. With supply chain emissions averaging 11.4 times higher than operational emissions, decarbonizing supply chains is one of the most significant climate actions a company can take.

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed energy resources (DERs)—including distributed generation, demand response, and distributed energy storage— alleviate strain on the network while using clean energy and ensuring reliability. DERs have an important role to play in providing the flexibility needed to put much more renewable energy on the grid, faster.


According to the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency could reduce customer costs to the tune of $10 billion-$19 billion annually per region by 2050. Savings come from avoided energy use, generation capacity, and transmission costs.


During this half-day event, we’ll explore new methods for deploying renewables and efficiency tactics that maximize decarbonization and bolster the reliability of the grid, resulting in new clean energy and avoided emissions.

  • 10 am

    Welcome & Session 1

    • Pathways Toward Grid Decarbonization


      Welcome & Opening Remarks

      Our climate goals will require major upgrades to the grid in the next several years. What are the challenges and the opportunities? What new policies are changing the landscape of grid decarbonization? What trends/technology will likely create new opportunities for taking action in the near future?

      Ron Taglieri, Offer Leader – ESS Global Demand, Schneider Electric

      Charles Cannon, Manager Carbon Free Electricity, Rock Mtn Institute

      Henry Richardson, Senior Analyst,

    11am – 11:45am

    Session #2

    • Where the Rubber Meets the Road


      Welcome & Opening Remarks

      Laura Eve, Vice President, SaaS Sustainability Solutions, Schneider Electric

      Panel Discussion: New Developments on the Renewable Energy Landscape

      Panelists will kick off the conference with a lively, engaging discussion of several evolving trends on the renewable energy landscape, including US policies and regulations, ​global market growth for new PPA and EAC markets, supply chain decarbonization and Beyond the Megawatt initiatives. The conversation will open up to the audience for 15-20 minutes of Q&A to conclude this session.

      John Powers, Vice President, Renewable Energy & Cleantech, Schneider Electric (moderator)
      Drew Crowder, Global Renewable Energy, Equinix
      Ornella Nicolacci, Director – Beyond the Megawatt, Clean Energy Buyers Association
      Alexa Paton, Senior Vice President, RWE


    Networking Break


    Breakout 1

    • Evaluating PPA Risks in the Current Market

      Commonwealth 1

      Historically high PPA prices. IRA uncertainty. Renewable energy supply chain challenges. Volatile EAC pricing. Evolving dynamics and emerging risks are changing the landscape of renewable energy decisions for developers and PPA offtakers. Yet, companies and developers are still finding paths forward on PPAs by better evaluating and understanding PPA risks. In this session, we’ll discuss:

      • Market dynamics and the impact on PPA counterparties
      • How Schneider Electric evaluates risks on behalf of clients
      • Strategies and options for mitigating risks
      • How renewable energy developers evaluate risks in project development and financing

      Mike Nolan, Associate Director, Renewable Energy & Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric
      Craig Konz, Renewable Energy & Carbon Advisory Manager, Schneider Electric
      Michelle Rodriguez, Director of Origination, Arevon Energy Inc
      Paul Bachmuth, Senior Director of Origination, National Grid Renewable

    • Roadmap to 100% Renewable Energy

      Commonwealth 2

      How can corporates create and execute a renewable electricity strategy while navigating the various complexities in this space? Is it still best practice to look at onsite first, or are you better off blanketing the US with a PPA, if that’s even a viable option? This session will provide an overview of the corporate renewable electricity market, available procurement mechanisms and how can companies prioritize options to meet sustainability targets while successfully navigating various risks, reducing GHG emissions and obtaining budgetary certainty or potential savings. ​In this session, we’ll discuss:​

      • How renewable electricity fits into corporate decarbonization​
      • What is renewable electricity and how it’s procured​
      • How to create and implement an obtainable and effective strategy ​
      • Case studies from other corporates who have achieved success
      • Considerations buyers should be aware of for each procurement mechanism

      Emily Johnson, Sr. Client Development Manager, Renewable Energy & Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric
      Josh Heeman, Sr. Manager, Renewable Energy & Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric




    Mainstage Presentation

    • What the changing policy environment means for your energy procurement strategy

      Commonwealth 2

      The proposal to revise the EU’s electricity market has brought power purchase agreements to the main stage of the discussion on financing the green transition. PPAs across industrial sectors have backed the high ambitions to decarbonise Europe’s economy. But is the current fast-changing policy environment providing the stable rules we need to incentivise investment in renewable energy and PPAs?


    Breakout 2

    • Multi-buyers PPAs: the emerging landscape of PPAs?

      Commonwealth 2

      Go it alone or do it with others? This is an emerging landscape of corporate renewable energy sourcing. How does it work exactly? What market does it address, and does it lower the risk of signing a PPA? What are the benefits, and what can we learn from this model?

    • Client Case Study

      Commonwealth 3

      Client preferred a Direct (physical PPA), but decided to benchmark DPPA offers against VPPA offers, then pivoted to VPPAs because of the stronger economic benefit. But how did they overcome IFRS challenges? And how did they apply traditional hedging instruments, given the VPPA wasn’t the ideal hedge that they had been looking for in the DPPA?

    • Software-enabled decarbonization

      Commonwealth 1

      Goodbye spreadsheets and hello IT: the sustainability software market is booming. As companies shift from voluntary disclosure to meeting regulatory requirements for auditable ESG data, sustainability practitioners are challenged to identify, evaluate, procure and navigate new software systems. Learn how to get sustainability software right the first time through effective due diligence, collaboration with tech support, clear information architecture and the right level of customization.

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