Changes to Arizona law and regulation from 2015 have had a significant impact on the demand, availability and economics of solar electric and solar water systems. 2016 has seen additional regulations added onto businesses and fees tacked on to customers. Throw in the election of 3/5 of the Arizona Corporation Commission and 2017 looks to be even more unpredictable.  This makes it all the more important that the main issues that face energy choice and source in Arizona get an open and unbiased discussion prior to the November 8th election.

“This is the best one-day energy conference I have ever attended.”Karl Rabao – Pace Energy & Climate Center

Conference Agenda

Join national and local experts in an open and honest discussion of the issues that will drive Arizona’s energy future on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe.

9:00 – 9:05 Pledge of Allegiance & Opening Remarks – Lucy Mason, AriSEIA

9:05 – 9:15 Rio Salado College Welcome – Dr. Chris Bustamante

9:15 – 9:40 Keynote – The Path to Arizona’s Energy Future, Chris Nelder, RMI

9:45 – 10:35 Utility Rate Cases: The Insider’s Perspective

  • Meghan Grabel, OM Law
  • Briana Kobor, Vote Solar
  • Moderator: Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times

10:40 – 11:40 Demand Charges/Net Metering

  • Kris Mayes – former AZ Corporation Commissioner
  • Glen Andersen – National Council of State Legislators
  • Snuller Price, Energy + Environmental Economics (E3)
  • Dr. Naim Darghouth – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Moderator: Karl Rabago – Pace Energy & Climate Center

11:45 – 11:55 Why Arizona’s Energy Choices Matter – Court Rich

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch – Candidates Roundtable, “One-On-One with ACC Candidates”

1:30 – 2:30 Legislative & Regulatory Impacts On Business: One Year Later

  • Robbie Uppal, Solar Topps – Impact of Local Regulations
  • Mark Holohan, Wilson Electric – Impact of legislation
  • Kevin Koch, Technicians for Sustainability – Impact of Utility Fees
  • Former Mayor of Mesa, AZ, Scott Smith – Solar Tech Business 
  • Moderator: Pat Quinn, Arizona Utility Ratepayer Alliance

2:45 – 3:45 Future Markets: Cheaper Solar, Battery Storage & Impact of EVs

  • Richard Jacobson, Intertek Testing Services – Electric Vehicles 
  • Christopher C. Deschene, U.S. Dept. of Energy 
  • Boaz Soifer, Bay Wa r.e.- New Technology Impacts
  • Moderator: Dr. Nathan Johnson, ASU Dir. LEAP

3:45 – 4:00 Wrap Up – Tom Harris, President, AriSEIA

4:00PM Conference Concludes

Open to the public
Admission $35 (includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon snack)
MCCCD students with ID – Free ($15 w/lunch)
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