Alliance for Clean Energy NY
Annual Member Meeting 
& Fall Conference

Date & Time
October 25-26, 2023 EDT
Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207

Please join us for the 17th Annual
ACE NY member meeting and fall conference.  We hope to see you there!



  • Wednesday, October 25th, 1:00PM

    Annual Member Meeting

    Open to ACE NY Member Organizations Only

  • 3:30 PM

    Project Development - DEV101

    A primer course detailing the steps and intricacies involved in 
    the renewable energy project development process in
    New York State

    Moderated by Anne Reynolds
    Kevin Campbell, EDF Renewables
    Carmen O’Keefe, Apex Clean Energy
    Marisa Scavo, Cypress Creek Renewables
    Marguerite Wells, Invenergy

  • 3:30 PM

    Reducing the Peak: Distributed Energy Solutions to Meet New York's Climate Goals

    This panel discussion will focus on load reduction technologies and programs that New York will need to implement for successful building and transportation electrification. We will review the results of the integration analysis conducted by the Climate Action Council, specifically its assessment of load reduction programs, and we will discuss additional load reduction items, including managed EV charging, rate design, energy storage, and energy efficiency measures.

    Moderated by Carl Mas, NYSERDA
    Carmen Best, Recurve
    Aaron Breidenbaugh, Cpower Energy Management
    Ben Carron, Enel Green Power
    Josh Cohen, SWTCH
    Noah Ginsburg, NYSEIA

  • 5:00PM - 7:00PM

    ACE NY 2023 Clean Energy Fall Reception

    Presentation of 2023 Clean Energy Advocate Award

  • Thursday, October 26th, 8:00AM

    ACE NY Fall Conference

    Check-in & Badge Pick-up

  • 8:30 AM

    Keynote Speaker: Kit Kennedy, NRDC
  • 9:00AM

    Intersections in the Approval Process of Building Clean Energy Projects

    This panel discussion features NYSERDA, NYISO and ORES officials and will delve into the interconnection and permitting process of a large-scale renewable energy project and the various points in which the processes intersect and interact with each other.

    Moderated by Jessica Klami, Young/Sommer
    Abbey DeRocker, NYSERDA
    Hayley Carlock, ORES
    Zach Smith, NYISO

  • 10:00 AM

    Networking Coffee Break
  • 10:30AM

    Morning Breakout Session 1 - Large-Scale Renewables

    Interconnection Reform in New York

    Reforming and improving the interconnection process is a priority for ACE members, for the NYISO, and for FERC. Come hear how changes to the interconnection process could reduce timelines, increase transparency, and reduce risk. This panel will discuss if and how NYISO’s process can align with FERC Order 2023 and allow projects to interconnect in time to meet the 2030 NY Climate Act goals.

    Moderated by Mark Reeder, Consultant to ACE NY
    Kofi Nimako, AES
    Zach Smith, NYISO
    Zachary Stines, New Leaf Energy
    Devlyn Tedesco, Foley Hoag

  • 10:30AM

    Morning Breakout Session 2 - Offshore Wind

    Offshore Wind and the Deep Blue Sea – New York’s OSW Master Plan 2.0

    New York has embarked on a comprehensive review of the potential for OSW development in the deeper waters off the coast of New York State. This session will explore the opportunities, potential benefits, challenges, and technological advancements surrounding this new frontier of offshore wind development.

    Moderated by Fred Zalcman, NYOWA
    Michael Drunsic, WSP
    Gregory Lampman, NYSERDA
    Melanie Schultz, National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
    Dan Sieger, RWE

  • 10:30AM

    Morning Breakout Session 3 - Energy Efficiency

    Successful Steps for Building Electrification

    The panel will focus on the steps New York State should be taking to ensure a smooth and successful building electrification transition. With the implementation of the Federal Inflation Reduction Act, the new Public Service Commission Order modifying NYSERDA and the utilities’ New Efficiency: New York programs, New York City’s Local Law 97, and the recent State building code changes, including the All-Electric Buildings Act, the panel will discuss the steps New York should take for an effective and efficient building electrification transition.

    Moderated by Todd Baldyga, NYSERDA
    Lauren Brois, Sustainable Westchester
    Amanda Clevinger, Bright Power
    Mike Hernandez, Electrify America
    Danielle Manley, Urban Green Council

  • 11:30AM

    Executives Discuss: Doing Business in New York

    A discussion of the clean energy investment climate in New York from the perspective of industry executives

    Moderated by Uchenna Bright, E2
    John Carson, Cordelio Power
    Tim Delaney, The Wesson Group
    Matthew Skidmore, CS Energy

  • 12:30PM

    Lunch Break

    Featuring a highlight of the Empowered State documentary series by NYSERDA and RoadTrip Nation

  • 1:30PM

    Keynote Speaker: Doreen Harris, NYSERDA
  • 2:00PM

    Afternoon Breakout Session 1 - Large-Scale Renewables

    Avoid, Minimize & Mitigate: Siting Large-Scale Renewables in NY

    This panel discussion featuring those on the front lines of large-scale renewable energy development will explore species and wetlands issues with permitting wind and solar, land use challenges and best practices.

    Moderated by Alex Stein, NYSERDA
    Ben Brazell, EDR
    Wendy DeWolf, VC Renewables
    Jon Kasitz, RES
    Kris Primeau, ORES

  • 2:00PM

    Afternoon Breakout Session 2 - Offshore Wind

    New York’s Evolving Paradigm for OSW Transmission Planning and Investment

    New York is experimenting with new approaches for facilitating investment in OSW-related transmission, bringing offshore clean energy into the highly constrained Downstate market. This panel will describe New York’s multi-faceted effort to de-risk transmission development, and ensure that it syncs up with the state’s ambitious OSW deployment goals while minimizing ratepayer and stakeholder impacts.

    Moderated by Raj Addepalli, Consultant to ACE NY
    John Bernecker, NYSERDA
    Liz Grisaru, DPS
    Jason Frasier, NYISO
    Laura McLean, Dept of State

  • 2:00PM

    Afternoon Breakout Session 3 - Transportation Electrification

    Constructing an EV Ready Grid

    This panel will focus on what New York State needs to do to ensure that we are planning for and implementing the grid upgrades needed for fleet, highway, and public charging infrastructure. With the enactment of the Federal Infrastructure Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, the Public Service Commission’s mid-point review of the Infrastructure Make Ready program, and the passage of grid planning legislation
    (S.4830-C/A.5052-C), we will discuss the steps New York should be taking to construct an EV ready grid.

    Moderated by Zeryai Hagos, DPS
    Jonathan Hart, EDF Powerflex
    Ari Kahn, Rocky Mountain Institute
    John Markowitz, NYPA
    Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, ConEd

  • 3:00PM

    Keynote Speaker: John O'Leary, Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
  • 3:30PM

  • 3:30 PM

    Port of Albany Tour

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Registration Deadline: 
Friday, October 20th

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Post-Conference Event

Join us for a tour of the Port of Albany’s Offshore Wind Tower Manufacturing Expansion Project following our Annual Fall Conference!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

  • Departure will be at 3:30 OR following the close of last conference session at the front of the Albany Capital Center.
  • Transportation to and from the Albany Capital Center is included.
  • Tour and presentation will last approximately 90 minutes.

Deadline for reservations is October 24, 2023

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Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207

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