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Business Roundtable: Opportunities and Challenges in C&I Solar

Tuesday, September 25
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: 207AB

With commercial and industrial companies playing an increasingly important role in the evolution of the energy sector, this session will shed light on the internal decision-making behind renewable purchases for corporate entities. This roundtable of business leaders will also share how solar fits into companies' overall energy procurement and sustainability strategies, and how to effectively navigate the customer journey with effective project planning and execution.

Kourtney Nelson

Director, Energy and Climate Practice
3 Degrees, Inc.

Kourtney Nelson joined 3Degrees in 2016 as a Director in the Energy & Climate Practice, where she guides companies in their pursuit of carbon emissions reduction strategies and renewable energy purchases. As the head of 3Degrees’ Transaction Center of Excellence, Kourtney supports the company’s global customer base in the solicitation, analysis, selection and negotiation of renewable energy purchases, with a focus on PPAs and VPPAs. Kourtney’s clients include cities, universities and Fortune 500 clients, all seeking to take action on their climate change goals. She has a genuine passion for renewable energy transactions and enjoys educating her clients and helping them determine the best-fit solution for their company's unique needs. Prior to 3Degrees, Kourtney spent 14 years in the renewable energy industry, including managing renewable energy project development with industry leader, Avangrid Renewables (fka Iberdrola Renewables). She holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Portland.

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Graham Bowen

Assistant General Manager - Power Supply
City of Anaheim - Public Utilities Department

Graham A. Bowen is the Assistant General Manager of Power Supply for the City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department.
As Anaheim’s power supply manager, Bowen oversees Anaheim’s power supply portfolio which includes conventional and renewable assets. Bowen is also oversees Anaheim Public Utilities Business & Community Development and the Information Technology division.

Bowen is responsible for the development and implementation of Anaheim’s renewables portfolio and the cap-and-trade programs, and manages the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and policies related to these programs.

Bowen is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

He has previously served on the California Independent System Operator Participant Readiness Advisory Group and is a board member on the Southern California Public Power Association and Intermountain Power Authority.

Bowen is a graduate of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at South Bank University, England and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computing & Information Systems from the University of London, England.

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Holly Gordon

Sustainability Group Manager
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Holly joined BART in January 2016 to lead the District's newly formed Sustainability team. At BART Holly is focused on renewable energy procurement including wholesale solar and wind as well as distributed solar projects at BART stations, electric vehicle charging stations, lighting upgrades, energy storage, water use reduction, and recycling.

Prior to BART, Holly served as Sunrun's lead on all federal and state legislative and regulatory work helping to grow the company's footprint from 3 states to 10 states and from 400 customers to over 35,000 customers. While at Sunrun, Holly was elected to and served on the Executive Committee of SEIA as the State Policy Chair and the Board of SEPA.

Prior to Sunrun Holly was with Ausra, a utility-scale solar thermal company, where she also served as the lead on all federal and state legislative and regulatory work. While at Ausra, Holly co-founded and was President of the Large-scale Solar Association.

Prior to Ausra, Holly worked and taught at the Stanford Law School Environmental Law Clinic focused on environmental and energy legal issues. Prior to joining Stanford, she was an environmental justice attorney at Communities for a Better Environment and at the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic, where she served as the Assistant Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

She also served as an adjunct environmental law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law. She was also an associate in Jones Day's Chicago office. Holly received a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Jay Harf

Vice President, Environment, Health Safety & Sustainability
L'Oréal Americas

Jay R. Harf
Vice President, EHS&S
L’Oréal Operations
Americas Zone

Jay R. Harf is the Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) for L’Oréal Operations based in Clark, NJ. His enterprise responsibilities include the management and leadership of all Safety, Health, Environmental and Sustainability systems for the L’Oréal Americas Zone which is comprised of the three geographical divisions of North America, The Hispanic Zone and Brazil. His accountabilities include establishing vision, direction, and validation of sustainable operations, leadership of the EHS&S management systems, setting goals to exceed compliance to corporate and regulatory standards, validating EHS&S improvement plans and budgets, and continuously improving EHS&S performance indicators through environmental stewardship, safety culture leadership, employee safety and wellness and sustainability strategies. In addition, he also directs all aspects of EHS&S audits, monitors corrective actions plans, and ensures clarity of communication and alignment between distribution and manufacturing facilities. Jay is the passionate leader of the EHS&S zero incident culture for the L’Oréal Americas Zone which encompasses over 7000 employees across 36 manufacturing and distribution Centers with a keen awareness of agility, digital transformation and talent development.

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John Marler

Vice President, Energy and Environment
AEG

John Marler is Vice President, of Energy and Environment at AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. In this role, John oversees AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program, AEG 1EARTH, and AEG Energy Services, AEG’s corporate energy management program. John came to AEG from Southern California Edison where he focused on renewable and alternative energy contracts and smart grid research and development. Before joining Edison, John practiced law for four years as an attorney in New York State, focusing on commercial litigation and business transactions. John also serves the board of directors of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles.

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