2019 Renewable Energy Conference

June 25, 2019 - June 26, 2019

Marist College

Online Registration is CLOSED. Please register onsite or call 800.358.1202.

About the Conference

Don’t miss the Premier Renewable Energy Conference on the East Coast.  “Green New Deal” or “Green Dream” New York State and the Nation’s energy policy is being defined either by aspirational vision or unachievable prattle. It’s time to explore the long term goals of 70% Renewable, 100% Renewable, Net Zero Emissions, and Zero Emissions, while evaluating, Renewable Energy Breakthroughs, the Electrification of the Economy, the Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), New York’s targets for Off-shore Wind, Battery Storage, the Value of Distributed Energy Resources, Natural Gas Moratoriums, the role of the Modern Utility, Pricing Carbon into the Wholesale Market, and the impacts of a highly-engaged Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 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 Tuesday, June 25. On Wednesday, June 26, 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.

Registration Information

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


 Before 6/19/19  After 6/19/19
 Registration Fee  $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. 





Tuesday, June 25

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


Welcome Reception
Location: Marist College Cornell Boathouse


Wednesday, June 26
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit the Exhibits

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.






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

8:35 - 9:00 a.m.




An Overview and Grounding on the Green New Deal

  • Darren Suarez, Senior Director of
    Government Affairs
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc. 

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.




Powering the Path to a Cleaner Future

  • Charles A. Freni
    President and CEO
    Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. 

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.




Renewable Energy Powering NY's Future

  • Doreen M. Harris
    Vice President, Large-Scale Renewables

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.




Renewable Energy in the Forest Products Industry
and its Positive Effect on Green House Gas Emissions

  • Michael McLarty
    Vice President, Forestry and Wood Procurement
    Finch Paper LLC
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.




A World View of Energy Infrastructure Trends in a Carbon Conscious World

  • John Sørensen
    Managing Director

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.




National Perspective / How Does New York State Fit In?

  • Alan J. Statman
    President & CEO
    Al Statman LLC
  • E. Scott Medla 
    Managing Partner
    Ansonia Partners, LLC

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.










  • Heather C. Briccetti, Esq.
    President and CEO
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc. 

Luncheon Address

  • Dr. Hendrik Hamann 
    Distinguished Research Staff Member
    IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.










Panel I:
What does 100% Renewable Energy mean and is it attainable?

Panel Chair and Moderator:
Seth D. Hulkower, President
Strategic Energy Advisory Services


  • Michelle K. Piasecki, Esq.  
    Harris Beach PLLC
  • Stephane Desdunes
    Director, Development, Grid-Scale Power
    EDF Renewables North America
2:20 - 2:35 p.m. Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits

2:35 - 3:25 p.m.












Panel II:

  • Disruptive Technologies in the Energy Space
  • What is needed for 100% Renewable Energy?
  • Engineering, Technology, Systems of the Future

Panel Chair and Moderator:
James W. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO
Taylor Biomass Energy, LLC


  • Emma Maceko
    Regulatory Affairs Analyst
    New York Power Authority
  • Richard Perez, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Associate
    University at Albany

3:25 - 4:00 p.m.



Closing Keynote Address

  • Allan Page, Chair
    The Hudson Renewable Energy Institute

4:00 p.m




Closing Remarks

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


Heather C. Briccetti, Esq.​​​​










Stephane Dusdunes


Charles A. Freni


Dr. Hendrik Hamann


Doreen M. Harris



Seth D. Hulkower


Emma Maceko


E.Scott Medla


Michael J. McLarty


Allan R. Page


Richard Perez, Ph.D.


Michelle K. Piasecki, Esq.


Lawrence G. Singleton, Ph.D.


John Sorensen


Al J. Statman


Darren Suarez


James W. Taylor, Jr.


Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Sponsorship includes:

  • Complimentary Conference Registration(s)
  • Pre and Post Conference List of Participants
  • Recognition in Conference Material and Signage
  • Promotional Item in our Conference Packet
  • Company Logo Displayed at Event


Conference Sponsorship Levels:


Premier Sold Out





Event Sponsorship Levels:  
Luncheon Sold Out
Welcome Reception Sold Out
Continental Breakfast $2,000
AV & Print  $1,500
Refreshment Break $1,200
Session $1,000


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 location. 

Exhibit                                             $1,000

Exhibit includes:

  • One Six-Foot table; Two Chairs
  • One Complimentary Conference Registration
  • Up to Two Discounted Registrations at $129*
  • Please indicate if you have an oversized display

*Conference Registration fee is $289

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


EDF renewables
enter solar
CH Energy


Clean Energy Collective
NYS Department of Public Service
New York Transco


Marist College
3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Driving Directions

Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott
Address: 2641 South Road/ Route 9, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 800-647-7576
Block of 10 rooms - $149.00
Please refer to the Renewable Energy Conference Room Block
Cut off date May 28, 2019
Book your Room Here

Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie
: 2750 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-473-1151
Block of 10 rooms - $119.00
Booking code – ‘REC’
Book your Room Here