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Renewable Energy Conference

A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy: Transformation in Federal and State Energy Markets and Impacts on Renewable Supply

Wednesday, April 29 - Thursday, April 30, 2015
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York

Sponsored by:
The Business Council of New York State, Inc. The Hudson Renewable Energy Conference Marist College

About the Conference

Don’t miss the Premier Energy Conference on the East Coast. New York State and the Nation continue to be dramatically impacted by changes in energy policy. Whether the Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision, the New York Green Bank, a new NYISO zone, or the roll out of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 1000, the energy landscape is changing. The conference will examine the impact of these policy changes on the competitive bulk electric market place with associated impacts on the use, development, and pricing of renewable sources of supply.

The Conference will kick off with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, April 29. On Thursday, April 30, you will hear from leading experts in the field of energy, technology, academia, government policy and business.  The format of the Conference will allow you to learn, meet experts, and ask questions on issues most important to you.  Morning sessions are devoted to establishing a foundation for understanding the current status of the energy market place. Afternoon sessions will focus on the practical experiences of professionals working in these emerging energy markets, and there will be plenty of opportunity for networking.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception: Marist College Cornell Boathouse
Sponsorship Available

Thursday, April 30, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit the Exhibits Exhibit Space
Sponsorship Available

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.


  • Lawrence G. Singleton, Ph.D. (Bio), Dean, School of Management
    Marist College
9:10 – 9:20 a.m.

Introduction: The Future Direction of Energy Policy in New York and Nationally - Impacts on the Competitive Market for Renewable Energy

  • Allan Page (Bio), Chair
    The Hudson Renewable Energy Institute
9:20-9:30 a.m.

Introduction: Are we on the verge of the development of a dynamic energy market that is more efficient, less costly, more sustainable, reliable, and innovative?

  • Darren Suarez (Bio), Director of Government Affairs
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
9:30 -10:15 a.m.

Key Note Address

  • Dr. Dario Gil, Vice President, Science and Technology, IBM Research
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits
Exhibit Space and Sponsorship Available

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Reforming the Energy Vision, Green Bank and the Clean Energy Fund.  An Overview and Sense of Impacts on Renewable Energy Development in New York

  • Maureen O. Helmer, (Bio) Partner, Hiscock & Barclay, LLP
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Public Policy Projects, Chasing Price Signals, Where is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Headed on Renewable Energy?

  • Raymond B. Wuslich (Bio), Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
11:45 – 12:15 p.m.

Aging Infrastructure and Unlocking Upstate Generation

  • Richard P. Barlette (Bio), Senior Manager, External Affairs
    New York Independent System Operator
12:15 – 1:30 p. m.


  • Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. (Bio), President & CEO
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Luncheon Address

  • James P. Laurito (Bio), President & CEO
    Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel I
Impacts REV, Clean Energy Fund, and the Green Bank have on Renewable, Pricing, Deployment, and Adoption

Panel Chair and Moderator:
Jill C. Anderson (Bio), Senior Vice President Public Affairs & Business Development and Chief of Staff
New York Power Authority


  • Paul Curran (Bio), Managing Director, BQ Energy, llc
  • David J. Jones (Bio), Director Business Development, Large Projects, Honeywell Building Solutions
  • E. Scott Medla (Bio), Managing Partner, TAG Energy Partners, LLC
  • Stephen Wemple (Bio), Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
    Con Edison Competitive Shared Services
2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits
Exhibit Space and Sponsorship Available

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Panel II
What is in Store for Renewable Energy in the Future?

Panel Chair and Moderator:
Eric M. Markell (Bio), Founder & CEO, Markell & Company LLC


  • Robert F. Pohlman (Bio), NJR Clean Energy Ventures
  • Jeffrey E. Stockholm (Bio), Esq., Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Michael Voltz (Bio), Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables
    PSEG Long Island
  • Christine Weydig (Bio), Deputy Director of Energy and Utilities Management, Port Authority of NY & NJ
4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Lawrence G. Singleton, Ph.D., Dean, School of Management
    Marist College

as of 4/28/15

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Registration Information

Payment must accompany registration. Registration includes Welcome Reception, all sessions, handout materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and luncheon.

Registration Fees: Before
  $249 $289

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. If you need to cancel less than seven days prior, you may: 1) send a substitute; or 2) receive a non-refundable credit voucher, good for any Business Council event valid for up to one full year.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Be a part of the Premier Energy Conference on the East Coast. Heighten your corporate presence. Sign up now as a Conference Sponsor. Call 800.358.1202

Conference Sponsorship Levels
Premier $5,000
Gold $4,000
Silver $3,500
Bronze $3,000

More specific Conference functions are available for sponsorship:

Event Sponsorship Levels
Luncheon $3,000
Welcome Reception $2,500
Continental Breakfast $2,000
Production (a-v, print and production) $1,500
Refreshment Break $1,200
Session $1,000

Sponsorship includes:


Exhibitors will have prominent space adjacent to the Conference area, with direct access to Conference attendees. Refreshment breaks will be hosted among the Exhibitors. Space is limited so sign up early for a prime Conference location.

Exhibit $1,000

Exhibit includes:

*Conference Registration fee is $249

For more Sponsorship or Exhibit information or if you wish to consider co-sponsorship, please contact Maribeth Riley at or call 800.358.1202.

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Hotel Accommodations

Courtyard by Marriott
Address: 2641 South Road/ Route 9, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845.485.6336
Rate: Queen - $116.00, King - $125.00
Cut-off Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie
Address: 2750 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845.473.1151
Rate: King bed or two double beds at $112.00
Reference: Marist College School of Management and Renewable Energy Conference
Book Online here with group Code ‘MSM’

Hampton Inn
Address: 2361 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845.463.7500
Rate: King bed or two double beds at $119.00 ($20.00 upgrade for suite)
Cut-off Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Reference: Marist College School of Management and Renewable Energy Conference