Third Annual REFF-Wall Street Builds on Success

Every project has its genesis, and in the case of the upcoming Third Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street (REFF-Wall Street) in New York City, and for Michael Eckhart, President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and one of the event’s founders, the recognition of a need to change the industry’s language was an important starting point.

“There was to be no talk of barriers and problems that had dominated the government-oriented conferences for so long, which of course is helpful for justifying government support,” said Eckhart about planning the event more than three years ago. “It was time to create a venue for the commercial market players, to hear about the successful deals,” said Eckhart about that first conference. “The event was designed to be about the successes in the market, the people who did them, and how you can do it, too. We set out to transform the language about renewable energy finance, by focusing on and presenting what works.” “When we began designing that first conference, there had never been such a pure finance event in the renewable energy industry,” said Eckhart. “We think that first REFF-Wall Street 2004 was — and to some extent still is — a revolutionary event that has changed the finance landscape for this industry.” This year’s REFF-Wall Street is being held June 21-22, 2006 in New York City. The event is being co-organized by ACORE and Euromoney Energy Events, a subsidiary of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. “This is renewable energy’s cutting-edge finance conference and has become the principal venue for lenders, investors, developers, executives, and their advisors to see the major deals of the year, stay current on terms of the deals, and network with the ever-expanding group of players,” explained Eckhart. Michael Liebreich, President, New Energy Finance, agreed with the importance of REFF-Wall Street, saying, “REFF-Wall Street is the single most significant gathering of top execs and financiers in the clean energy industry. It’s the only must-attend event in the space.” A Success Formula Unique to REFF-Wall Street Eckhart explained the event is still formed around the same three key areas: — First, REFF covers all forms of finance, including project debt, equity and tax structuring; institutional investing; venture capital; corporate finance; and public markets. — Second, it is designed to bring together four groups: financiers, developers, corporate executives and the professionals. — Third, the speakers are the leading practitioners who have completed successful deals. REFF-Wall Street 2006 conference highlights from a recent ACORE press release: * Biofuels Finance session presenters include: Martin Tobias, CEO, Seattle Biodiesel; Brian Foody, CEO Iogen Corporation; Gerry Peters, Senior Vice President, Hudson United Bank; and Scott Brown, CEO, New Energy Capital Corp. * Solar Finance session includes: Co-chairs Rhone Resch, President, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Dr. Sven Hansen, COO, Good Energies and presenters: Erik Thorsen, CEO, Renewable Energy Corporation; Tom Werner, CEO, SunPower Corporation; and John Miles, President, Solargenix. * Wind Finance session includes: Co-chairs Robert L. Pratt, Senior Vice President, Henry P. Kendall Foundation and Theo J. de Wolff, Managing Director, PPM Atlantic Renewables and top investors and developers: Michael Garland, Managing Director, Babcock & Brown; Alec G. Dreyer, CEO, Horizon Wind Energy LLC; Michaela Pulkert, Head of Power & Environment, Global Project Finance, HVB; Kevin Walsh, Managing Director, Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services; and James S. Gordon, President, Energy Management, Inc. and Developer, Cape Wind Project. * Market Drivers and Policy session includes: Co-chairs Dan Reicher, President of New Energy Capital Corp. and Nicholas Parker, Chairman of Cleantech Capital Group LLC and presenters: Thomas Dorr, Under- secretary for Rural Development, USDA; John Bohn, Commissioner, California PUC and former President of Moody’s; Chris Walker, Managing Director of Greenhouse Gas Risk Solutions, Swiss Re; Richard Sandor, Chairman & CEO, Chicago Climate Exchange, and James Cameron, President of Climate Change Capital. * Project Finance session includes: Co-chairs Michael Ware, Managing Director, Advance Capital Markets and Ed Feo, Partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and presenters: John Anderson, Head of Power Finance, John Hancock Insurance and Financial Services; Steve Greenwald, Managing Director, CSFB; Brian Daly, Managing Director, Trust Company of the West; Guy Cirincione, Deputy General Manager, Dexia Credit Local; Keith Martin, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP. * Private Equity session includes: Co-chairs Ken Locklin, Principal, Clean Energy Group and Nancy Floyd, Managing Director, Nth Power, and presenters: Winston Hickox, Portfolio Manager, Environmental Initiatives, CalPERS; Ira Ehrenpreis, General Partner, Technology Partners; Peter T. Martenson, Division Director, Macquarie Funds Management; William F. McCalpin, EVP and COO, Rockefeller Brothers Fund. * Public Markets and IPO includes: Chairs Michael Liebreich, President, New Energy Finance. Presenters: Per Hornung Pederson, CEO, Suzlon Energy A/S; Dr. Shi Zhengrong, Founder & CEO, Suntech; Bruce M. Usher, CEO, EcoSecurities plc; Jurgen Immhoff, Managing Director, Citigroup Investment Banking; and Daren Morris, Managing Director, UBS London.
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