2022 Renewable Energy Conference

June 21, 2022 - June 22, 2022

A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy

Held at PACE University, New York City Campus



COVID-19 Policy

As of April 22, PACE University's New York City Campus requires community members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative test result for a COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving on campus. Proof of vaccination may be presented in the form of a paper copy or digital image of a guest's vaccination record; the New York State Excelsior Pass, or the NYC COVID Safe App

Mask-wearing is also required when not eating and drinking. This policy is subject to change, please check back closer to the event for the latest update. 

For an in-depth look at the policy, click here.

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 (CLCPA) 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 work of the Climate Action Council established under the CLCPA to implement the Act’s mandates.  Panels will explore the ambitious goals for the development and deployment of offshore wind and solar resources, the reduction in fossil generation, and adding energy storage. How business, resident, and customer requirements will be impacted by CLCPA program rollouts will also be investigated by our panels of experts.  

The conference will have an exciting new venue in the Big Apple utilizing the facilities of Pace University one of the leading academic institutions in the nation. The Conference is designed to allow you to learn, meet subject matter experts, and ask questions on issues most important to you, your organization, and your business.


11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Registration, Networking & Visit the Exhibits
Beverage Station, Snacks Available
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Welcome | Introductions
  • Lawerence G. Singleton, Ph.D., Dean, Lubin School of Business
    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 - 1:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Implementing the CLCPA - The Climate Action Council Scoping Plan
  • Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Reaching 9,000 Mw of Offshore Wind by 2035 - In-State Supply Chain Impacts


  • Ken Pokalsky, Vice President
    The Business Council


  • Kevin Hansen, Executive Vice President
    NYS Empire State Development Corporation
  • Max Taffet, Vice President of PortNYC Planning and Transportation
    New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Fred Zalcman, Director
    New York Offshore Wind Alliance
2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break | Visit the Exhibits

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Technology the Glue that Holds Implementing the CLCPA Together

  • Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology, Retired
    CEO, NMD Consulting LLC
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Reaching 70% Renewables in the Power Sector by 2030 and the Role of Distributed Generation

  • E. Scott Medla, Managing Partner
    Ansonia Partners, LLC


  • John Garvey, Manager, Clean Energy Section, Office of Markets & Innovation
    New York State Department of Public Service 
  • Nicole Bouchez, Ph.D., Principal Economist, Market Design
    New York ISO
  • John Borchert, Senior Director, Energy Policy
    Central Hudson Gas & Electric
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Refreshment Break | Visit the Exhibits
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Reaching 6,000 to 10,000 Mw of Solar by 2025

5:15 - 5:30 p.m. Wrap Up | Conclusion Day One
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Networking, and Visit the Exhibits
Continental Breakfast

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.

Charting the Course toward 2050 – Moderated Discussion with Public Service Commissioners


  • William Flynn, Partner
    Harris Beach PLLC


  • Diane Burman, Commissioner
  • Rory M. Christian, Chair
    NYS Public Service Commission
9:35 - 10:35 a.m.

Reaching 6,000 Mw of Energy Storage by 2030

  • Zachary Smith, Vice President, System and Resource Planning
    New York ISO


  • Charles Umberger, Energy Storage Section Manager, Utility of the Future
    Con Edison
  • Christopher Fry, Senior Director, Energy Economics
    New York Power Authority
  • Andy Israelson, Vice President, M&A & Strategy
    Convergent Energy + Power
10:35 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break | Visit the Exhibits
10:45 - 12:15 p.m.

Impacts on Residential, Government, and Business Energy Costs


  • Kenneth Pokalsky, Vice President
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


  • Michael B. Mager, Partner
    Couch White / Multiple Intervenors
  • Andrew S. Rein, President
    Citizens Budget Commision
  • James W. Taylor, President and CEO
    Taylor Biomass Energy
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks | Conclusion

Location & Parking

PACE University, New York City Campus


Parking: Parking garages closest to campus are available on Gold, Spruce, and Beekman streets.

70 Gold Street (0.1 mi) | 27 Beekman Street (0.2 mi) | 150 Nassau Street (0.3 mi)

Registration Information

Payment must accompany registration. Registration includes all sessions, Refreshment Breaks, Networking Reception, Continental Breakfast

  Before 6/13/22 After 6/13/22
Registration Fees: $349



Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after June 13, 2022, will not be eligible for a refund. We encourage you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.

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! Contact Maribeth Riley or call (518) 694-4468


Each Sponsorship includes:

  • Complimentary Conference Registration(s)*
  • Post Conference List of Participants
  • Recognition on Conference Website and Signage
  • Brand exposure on social media prior to event
Conference Sponsorship Levels:  

*Opportunity to offer welcome remarks on Day 1 or showcase a promotional video (One minute maximum)
*3 complimentary registrations

*2 complimentary registrations

1 complimentary registration


*1 complimentary registration



Event Sponsorship Levels:  

Welcome Reception
*1 complimentary registration


Continental Breakfast
*1 complimentary registration


Refreshment Break
*1 complimentary registration


*1 complimentary registration




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

  • Table; two chairs
  • One Complimentary Conference Registration
  • Up to Two Discounted Registrations

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.

Hotel Accomodations

The hotels below offer a 15% discount on the flexible rate available at the time of booking. Please use the links below to reserve your room. 

Moxy NYC Downtown
: 26 Ann Street, New York, NY 10038
BOOK YOUR GROUP RATE HERE or call 212-257-8886 and use the Special Rate Code: PU2 

Hampton Inn Manhattan - Seaport Financial District
320 Pearl St, New York, NY 10038
BOOK YOUR GROUP RATE HERE or call 212-571-4400 and book with the Special Corporate Account Code: #0000925496

Other nearby hotels can be found here.