2021 Renewable Energy Conference

June 29, 2021 - June 30, 2021

Via Zoom

Presented by

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. THREI Pace University

About the Conference

Don’t miss the premier Renewable Energy Conference on the East Coast! 

The aspirational goals established by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act have set New York on a path to green energy, but they aren’t without significant challenges for businesses and consumers. It’s time to explore how New York plans on achieving 70% renewable energy by 2030, a fully decarbonized electric generating sector by 2040, and state-wide net-zero emissions by 2050. This year, the conference will focus on the benefits and impacts of these policy changes through panel discussions on the development and deployment of on -and- offshore wind and solar resources, the reduction of emissions in the transportation sector and an update on the work of the Climate Action Council, as well as utilizing biomass in the State’s energy mix, lessons learned from Texas, and developing a sustainable, green workforce. 

Due to COVID-19 we will be holding this year’s Conference via Zoom, but you will still be able to hear from leading voices in the fields of energy, transportation, technology, academia, government policy, and business. The Conference is designed to allow you to learn, meet subject matter experts, and ask questions on issues most important to you. 


Tuesday, June 29, 2021
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Welcome | Introductions

  • Lawrence G. Singleton, Ph.D., Dean, Lubin School of Business
    Pace University
  • Marvin R. Krislov, President [BIO]
    Pace University
  • Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  • Allan R. Page, Chair [BIO]
    The Hudson Renewable Energy Institute
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Address
Climate Action Council Update

  • Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO [BIO]
  • Sarah Osgood, Executive Director [BIO]
    New York State Climate Action Council
  • Basil Seggos, Commissioner [BIO]
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
1:15 - 1:20 p.m.


1:20 - 2:05 p.m.

On and Offshore Wind Panel


  • Ekin Senlet, Partner [BIO]
    Barclay Damon LLP


  • Joe Martens, Director
    New York Offshore Wind Alliance
  • Zachary G. Smith, Vice President, System and Resource Planning [BIO]
    New York Independent System Operator
  • Michael Spector, P.E., Senior Engineering Manager, Grid Applications & Integration [BIO]
    GE Renewable Energy
2:05 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Solar Panel


  • Adam Rosso, Director of Project Development in Ontario [BIO]


  • Richard Perez, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center [BIO]
    SUNY Albany
  • Dennis Phayre, Business Development Director [BIO]
    EnterSolar LLC
3:05 - 3:50 p.m.

Transportation Panel


  • Ian A. Shavitz, Partner, Team Leader Environment & Energy; Renewable Energy; and Transportation Practice Teams [BIO]
    Lippes Mathias


  • Mark Giuffre, Vice President of Government Affairs [BIO]
  • Adam Ruder, Assistant Director, Clean Transportation [BIO]
  • Julie Tighe, President [BIO]
    New York League of Conservation Voters
3:50 - 4:30 p.m.

New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) Update


  • Robert M. Loughney, Chair, Energy Practice Group [BIO]
    Couch White, LLP


  • Donna DeCarolis, President [BIO]
    National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.
  • Gavin J. Donohue, President & CEO [BIO]
    Independent Power Producers of New York
  • Dennis W. Elsenbeck, President [BIO]
    Viridi Parente
4:30 p.m. Wrap Up | Conclusion of Day One


Wednesday, June 30, 2021
9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

Welcome / Introductions

  • Lawrence G. Singleton, Ph.D., Dean, Lubin School of Business
    Pace University
9:05 - 9:35 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • Charles A. Freni, President & CEO [BIO]
    Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
9:35 - 10:20 a.m.

Lessons to be Learned from Texas


  • Eric Markell, Founder & CEO [BIO]
    Markell & Company LLC


  • Dave Pacyna, Board Member [BIO]
    US Power Grid Components
  • John Tigue, Energy Consultant [BIO]
  • Wes J. Yeomans, Vice President, Operations [BIO]
    New York Independent System Operator
10:20 - 10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Biomass Panel


  • Raymond B. Wuslich, Of Counsel [BIO]
    Winston & Strawn LLP


  • John Bartow, Executive Director [BIO]
    Empire State Forest Products Association
  • Donald Chahbazpour, Director, Gas Utility of the Future [BIO]
    National Grid
  • James W. Taylor, President and CEO
    Taylor Biomass Energy, LLC
11:15 - 12:00 p.m.

Renewable Energy Jobs for the Future


  • Steve Mezzio, Ph.D., CPA, Executive Director [BIO]
    Lubin Center for Sustainable Business
    Pace University


  • Stephen Auton-Smith, Managing Director
    Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors
  • Paul Haering, Vice President of Capital Investments [BIO]
    New York Transco
  • Roberta Rettig, Vice President Human Capital [BIO]
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

12:30 p.m. Wrap Up | Conclusion of Day Two

Registration Information


 Registration Fee  $199


Cancellation & Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $30 processing fee.  Cancellations received after June 22, 2021 will not be eligible for a refund. We encourage you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.

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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.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Complimentary Conference Registration(s)
  • Your logo will be included in the slide show at the beginning of the event each day and/or during breaks, as well as company name verbally recognized.
  • Your logo on all promotional material leading up to the event, including emails, social media and website.
  • Post Conference List of Participants
  • The Premier sponsor will have the opportunity to offer remarks or showcase a promotional video (One minute maximum)

Sponsor here

Premier Sold Out


Silver $2,500
Bronze $1,000
Breakfast* $3,000
Lunch* $3,000

* Your sponsorship will allow each attendee to receive a coupon good for a meal delivery!


BP America
Barclay Damon LLP
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Questions? For more information please contact Maribeth Riley or call 800.358.1202 x232.