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Financial, Policy and Industry Leaders to Discuss Pressing Issues at Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street (REFF-Wall Street)

June 16, 2014


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WHAT: Now in its eleventh year, REFF-Wall Street is the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S. A co-chair panel of industry visionaries, financiers, and investors have created a cutting-edge program for REFF-Wall Street 2014 that will explore several critical topics that will impact the clean energy sector including:

• Market Innovation and Financing Mechanisms – With greater penetration of clean energy, more innovative financing mechanisms are emerging such as YieldCos, green bonds and securitizations. Yet certain obstacles remain – project level financing, efficiency of tax equity and the ability to extend REITs and MLPs to clean energy.• Navigating Policy – With the federal tax incentives still unclear and mid-term elections less than six months away, this has created uncertainty for the renewable energy sector.  Despite these typical challenges, there are also interesting opportunities such as the EPA's proposed carbon regulations and state-driven policies to spur private capital for clean energy including New York'sGreen Bank, California's cap & trade mechanism and Hawaii's GEM program.• Disruption and Convergence – The convergence of information technology with energy technology is empowering consumers while disrupting everything from traditional utility models to household gadgets to transportation.

WHERE: Grand Hyatt New York, NYC

WHEN:June 25-26, 2014

WHO:REFF-Wall Street is co-organized by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Euromoney Energy Events.  Attendees include CEOs and other senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top transactional professionals in renewable energy finance.

This year's notable speakers include:

Adnan Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)• Jorge CamiÑa, Partner, Managing Director and Head of the Project and Acquisition Finance Group, Santander Global Banking & Markets•Michael T. Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citigroup, Inc.•Alfred Griffin, President, NY Green BankRichard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance, Office of the Governor, State of New YorkMichael Liebreich, Chief Executive, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)•Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)•Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets Group, Goldman Sachs•Jigar Shah, Founder & Special Investment Manager, Clean Feet InvestorsKevin Smith, CEO, SolarReserveRay Wood, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Power & Renewables, Bank of America MerrillLynch• And many others...

You can review the conference agenda on the REFF-Wall Street website,  

In addition to all the speakers and sessions, a press conference regarding the release of ACORE's new small business opinion polling results will take place on June 25th—details to follow in coming weeks.

TO REGISTER: Contact Turner Houston, ACORE;; (202) 777-7552

About REFF-Wall Street:

REFF-Wall Street is the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S. The event draws an especially senior audience, comprising of over 600 senior decision makers, financiers and professionals in the renewable energy finance field, including senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top transactional professionals. REFF-Wall Street is co-hosted by ACORE and Euromoney Energy Events.

About ACORE:

ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE seeks to advance renewable energy through finance, policy, technology, and market development and is concentrating its member focus in 2013 on National Defense & Security, Power Generation & Infrastructure, and Transportation. Additional information is available at

About Euromoney Energy Events:

Euromoney Energy Events produces high-profile events for clean energy professionals worldwide. Our diverse range of conferences address topical issues in the cleantech sector, with a focus on financial and commercial aspects, in a portfolio that ranges across Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Energy Efficiency and Carbon Finance. More information at:

CONTACT: REFF-Wall Street Media Contacts: Turner Houston, ACORE, (202) 777-7552 Travis Small, Rasky Baerlein, (617) 391-9654

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